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Spice Up Your Shuffle with this #InstaLessonZ tip from Nick Costa!  Nick recommends instead of playing all of the skip notes on the HiHat with your right hand, start playing the skip notes with your left foot.


Nick Costa is a Music Educator for the School District of Philadelphia, a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts, and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidate. He is also an independent drummer, clinician, and drum technician with both national and international touring experience.

As an educator, Nick has focused on providing ways to integrate drum set studies into k-12 music curriculum to bridge the gap between general and instrumental music studies. He has also played a pivotal role in integrating “Modern Band” curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia by creating relationships with Conn-Selmer, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), and Little Kids Rock to outsource all 220 schools with drum sets. Nick has also written and recorded lessons for Modern Drummer Magazine.

Besides performing throughout the greater Philadelphia area, Nick is also teaching privately, has facilitated workshops teaching underprivileged kids music, and has been praised by numerous producers.

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