Joe Galeota, Jr.

Private Lessons Instructor, Drum set and African hand drum

Joe Galeota, Jr. (focusing on African/Brazilian percussion) - B.M., Berklee College of Music, studied Ethnomusicology at the University of Ghana (West Africa); M.A., Wesleyan University, 1985. Assistant Professor of Music, Berklee College of Music. Percussionist for Spirit of Africa and the Radicals World Tour 1994-1996. Consultant and recording artist for movie soundtrack for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Lucas Films). Owner of West African Drum company Jag Drums.

Renato Malavasi

Private Lessons Instructor, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Jazz drum set

Originally from Brazil, Renato Malavasi has been performing and studying the drum set since 1988. Recipient of the Berklee College of Music Best Scholarship, where he graduated from in 2000, Renato currently resides in Boston, and shares the stages of the New England area with some of the most unique musicians. His performances range widely from instrumental jazz trios, quartets, quintets, and big bands to accompanying jazz singers. Other performances, recordings, and experiences include projects with Brazilian and Afro Cuban groups as well. He has also toured and given clinics in Japan. Before coming to Boston in 1997, Renato performed extensively throughout Brazil accompanying folk singers, and was also involved in other instrumental projects as a performer and student of Brazilian music and culture. Since November of 2008, he has been part of the Education Outreach City Music Boston Program teaching staff. This a program directly related to and sponsored by Berklee College of Music, with the main goal of reviving musical education in public schools.

Timur Rubinshteyn

Private Lessons Instructor, Percussion

Timur Rubinshteyn holds a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from Boston University. He teaches percussion at Boston College, plays principal timpani for Atlantic Symphony and freelances regionally, including R.I. Philharmonic. Timur R. completed his B.M. with academic honors and hiw M.M. with academic honors and performance distinction at NEC, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence in the Art of Percussion. He was also a joint winner of the commencement competition (performing solo with the NEC Honors Orchestra) and one of two members of the graduating class awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Life of NEC. Timur R. has attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center. Formerly Timur R. was a percussion coach and assistant conductor of the NEC Youth Symphony, and managed the orchestra's tours of Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica. His other tours have included Israel, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. From 2012-16 he was part of the percussion faculty of the NEC's Festival Youth Orchestra. Timur R. also teaches percussion at Concord High School, Carlisle Middle School, Norwood High School, Coakley Middle School, Belmont Day School, and Common Time Music Studio.