Drums Program Director
John Newsham | Drums
Now based in Boston, MA, John is a passionate, experienced and versatile Drummer that was born and raised right here in Central Massachusetts. Over the years, he has enjoyed performing with a multitude of groups, such as orchestras to cover bands, spanning many genres from Latin Jazz to Punk Rock. While attending UMass majoring in Music Performance, he has studied drumming under the guidance of renowned drummer/educator, Paul Geresy. As a dedicated educator, John firmly believes persistent optimism and unwavering patience are the cornerstones to great teaching. He thinks anyone can reap the joy of drumming through inspiration and consistency. John strives to inspire and equip his students so that they will not only develop a life-long appreciation for the drums but can also express themselves through music.
Chris Poon | Drums Program Director
Christopher Poon is an experienced teacher who has taught private students and was a faculty member of the Institute of Vocational Education in Hong Kong, where he was a lecturer for the music technology program. Chris graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Music, double-majoring in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. Jazz Guitar has been his main focus in the recent years, but he enjoys playing other styles of music on the guitar as well, such as Pop, Rock, Latin, and Folk. Chris has developed his own curriculum-based, goals-driven and progressive guitar course utilizing renowned teaching materials from the Berklee College of Music and Musician Institute that covers both guitar playing and music theory.