Elias R. Toscano, U.S.C. Drums and Jazz Studies Instructor, now gives private lessons, beginner through the most advanced jazz; Afro-Cuban to Zydeco, Alternative to Zepplin. Elias Toscano has been a creative artist for over five decades. He began his musical career at the age of three, studying the piano, classical percussion, jazz drumset, and composition simultaneously. Jazz drumming, his lifelong passion, led him to leave his native San Antonio for New York, Los Angeles and London, where he studied with legendary drummers Max Roach and Elvin Jones.
As a devout jazz musician and drummer, as well as avid student of music history, Elias has explored the roots of rhythms both in jazz and in the pre-jazz cultures from which jazz came. This curriculum, while firmly grounded in traditional studies, expands upon them by integrating modern theories of music, art, philosophy, and esthetics, thereby providing pedagogy more suitable to the times we live in, as well as to the mediums available.