About Kevin Peter Jones
Kevin Peter Jones is an active drummer, percussionist, and music instructor in the D.C. Metro area. He has over 30 years of teaching experience and a passion for sharing the gift of music with others.
Kevin started his musical journey at the age of 8 and has not yet stopped. He began his study on a traditional drum kit and branched out to orchestral percussion from his participation in school orchestra and marching band. He plays and teaches everything from rock, jazz, and pop to orchestral instruments, like the timpani and hand percussion. It's safe to say that music is Kevin's life, and he feels blessed to be able to inspire the love of music with his students.
High school was the first step towards Kevin becoming a professional musician, as he was fortunate enough to attend Elk Grove High School in Chicago, which had an award-winning marching band and orchestra. He was a top All-State soloist during this time and decided to continue his study of music in college.
Kevin attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and Georgetown University (amongst others) to further his musical education in the realm of jazz and orchestral percussion. He gained exposure to many different styles and had an active performance and recording career alongside his studies. At the age of 21, Kevin decided to move to L.A. to pursue a professional performance career and had memorable experiences and collaborations with many artist, including Bunky Green, William Kennedy, Bernard Wight, and many more!
Throughout his life, Kevin has maintained and active performance career and found that teaching is a great passion of his. He has been a private instructor for over 30 years, and he works with students of all ages on any variety of percussion instruments and traditional drum kit.
In lessons, Kevin feels that the cornerstone of his methodology is based around customization of the curriculum for each individual student. "Go at your pace" is the message he shares, so students feel successful throughout study and can enjoy what they are playing in the moment. The goal he has for his students is to "become one with your instrument" and develop an appreciation and understanding of artistry. He firmly believes that every student can enrich their lives with music and find joy in playing an instrument.