Roy Van Tassel

Certified Private Instructor

Roy Van Tassel is a dedicated, professional instructor and musician with 20 years of experience teaching comprehensive drum technique along with 30+ years of experience as a successful live and studio drummer. A knowledgeable, highly skilled technical drummer, he has studied under such drum masters Karl Latham, and Jack Kuhn. He also has a rich musical education in a number of instruments and techniques including 2 years of classical guitar study under Carol Hamersma. Roy is a hands-on teacher with extensive experience tailoring fun and enriching lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Individual lessons center on proper technique, coordination and music sight reading. His patient teaching style along with the comfortable learning atmosphere to help students develop the skills they need for a rewarding life in music. Beyond teaching, Roy has accompanied international recording artist, Stuart Hamm on music clinic dates in NY and NJ. He also appeared on the first (self-titled) and third Suit of Lights album, “Shine On Forever”, was released, which features Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/John Zorn/Secret Chiefs 3) on bass, Dan McGowan (The Tea Club) on guitar and Scott Chasolen on keys.


I balance teaching technique and theory with practical application, namely songs and how it applies to songs/structure. Doing this helps to ensure my students don't get bored and also that they grow at a fairy fast pace.

Professional Affiliations

D'Addario Education Collective