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Teaching Core Rudiments to Develop Successful Musicians

Professional Music Instruction

At New Jersey Drum School, you’re guaranteed to receive the best possible education in music. Whether you’re interested in playing the drums, orchestral percussion, the violin, or jazz piano you'll receive an education that will put you in the company of those with the highest standards.

We value a close relationship between students and their parents. No matter how good the education is, practicing outside of class is crucial to becoming a better musician. That’s why at New Jersey Drum School, we believe parents should encourage their children to practice on a regular basis and attend at least one world-class concert per year. Having supportive parents, along with a great education, is integral to each student’s success.

Music Lessons

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in lessons to provide them with
an excellent education in music
that will serve them well in the future.
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New Jersey Drum School is a music school in Palisades Park, New Jersey, that offers drum, percussion, jazz piano, and violin lessons to students throughout the area. We are headed by music instructor, Michael Hinton, who has decades of experience and has worked on many popular Broadway productions, including “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, and “Sweeney Todd”. He has also performed with The Grateful Dead on numerous occasions and is considered a Grateful Dead Family Member. Michael’s wife, Mineko Yajima, is a fellow music instructor and a renowned musician in her own right. She is a Juilliard graduate and a tenured principle member of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. In addition, she is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of St. Luke’s and currently performs in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway.

What We Do

We teach amateurs to play with high standards. We prepare young professionals to be qualified for the best music schools in the world both undergraduate and graduate level and we take professionals to new levels towards life fulfillment in music. We also have fun. Lots of it.

Meet Michael Hinton

Mineko Yajima

Premiered “West Side Story” in Paris under the direction of Leonard Bernstein
“What you must do, do with play.”
— Joseph Campbell


Thank you for your interest. Please reach out with questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.

(201) 399-4347

Based in Bergen County, NJ, & Serving the Surrounding Areas

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