Relationship is key.

Testimonials can be very helpful, as they describe other student's experiences with Corey and his teaching.  Corey loves what he does and values teaching almost as much as his relationship to his students.  Love and understanding always come first as he believes that establishing a solid relationship with his students is the foundation to their success.  After all, if a teacher can't understand the minds of his students, how is he to get through to them in a what they can understand?
"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Corey is a true gift to our musical community!!

"He is THE ONE to go to if you are looking for an instructor! His knowledge and passion is unsurpassed and his connection to any student that goes to him is incredible! Corey is a true gift to our musical community!!"

Tracy Hepler Parent

He hooked my son years ago and he’s still going strong.

"Corey has the comprehensive skills plus patience required to effectively teach drums. He hooked my son years ago and he's still going strong."

Karen Bobowick Parent

Very patient instructor and very informative in his teachings.

"I was only Corey's student for a few months, but in that time I learned more than I ever could on my own. Very patient instructor and very informative in his teachings. Highly recommended!"

Nicholas Tsirakis Student

A great drummer and great instructor. I highly recommend!

"Thanks Corey, a great drummer and great instructor. I highly recommend!"

Tom Blake Student

Excellent drum instruction for all levels!

"Excellent drum instruction for all levels!"

Michael Carbone Parent

It’s a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that I haven’t experienced with any other teacher.

"I first met Corey at Utica College where he taught a Rock Ensemble class. After having such a positive experience with him as a professor, I decided to take private lessons with him. I'd taken lessons with other teachers, but Corey is the only one who made lessons enjoyable. It's a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that I haven't experienced with any other teacher. I always leave feeling motivated and inspired. I've been playing percussion for fourteen years, and this has definitely brought my drumming to the next level. I highly recommend taking lessons with Corey!"

Julia Cardillo Student

Your skills are the arrow, and these lessons are the whetstone that sharpen and refine them.

"I've been taking drum lessons with Corey Colmey for 9 years. I'm really experienced in drums now, and I absolutely love the new challenges now.  Imagine an arrow. It starts off extremely dull, and you use a whetstone to sharpen it. Your skills are the arrow, and these lessons are the whetstone that sharpen and refine them."

Aiden Mather Student

He is a master teacher and has become a good friend.

"After many years I revisited my passion for drumming and became an avid student of Corey's. He is a master teacher and has become a good friend. He takes the time to teach in a way that makes drumming fun and a great learning experience. Corey has a knack for tapping (pun intended!) into one's 'inner drummer'. I highly recommend Corey to anyone who's interested in any and all aspects of drumming! Kudos!!"

Andrew Drozd Student

Alida Davis - Corey Colmey Drum Instruction testimonial

The smile I see after every lesson speaks volumes to Corey’s relaxed and nurturing teaching style.

"My son has been taking drum lessons with Corey for 8 months and the smile I see after every lesson speaks volumes to Corey's relaxed and nurturing teaching style. Corey is able to keep my son challenged and engaged week after week. I enjoy hearing him practice! The Rome Community is very blessed to have such a talented teacher sharing his love of music. :-)"

Alida Davis Parent

Tammy Brown - Testimonial for Corey Colmey Drum Instruction

We’re very lucky to have him as our drum instructor!

"My son, Owen, has been taught by Corey for several months. Corey's an awesome drum instructor, encouraging, patient, and dedicated to his students. If you're interested in drumming for fun, or thinking of making a career out of it, I strongly recommend Corey. Corey is able to teach all age levels and instruct sight reading. Excellent teacher! We're very lucky to have him as our drum instructor!"

Tammy Martino Parent

Benjamin Wright - bassist - Corey Colmey Drum Instruction

His abilities as a drummer and percussionist have always been top notch.

"I have been a musician colleague of Corey's for many years now. His abilities as a drummer and percussionist have always been top notch and his professional, relaxed demeanor makes working together a joy. Even as an experienced professional, I learn something new from Corey every time we work together. I highly recommend him as a drum instructor in any style of music for students of all ages!"

Benjamin Wright Musician

Grace Altieri Testimonial - Corey Colmey Drum Instruction

Corey, is not just a teacher, he is a true inspiration to my son.

"Corey, is not just a teacher, he is a true inspiration to my son. Taking on a task to teach, is to prepare the student with the necessary tools, to overcome obstacles and to reach their goals. My son has not only conquered his personal milestones, but he has set new ones. Corey is not just a teacher but a comrade. I highly recommend him!!!"

Grace Altieri Parent

Joe Ferlo Testimonial - Corey Colmey Drum Instruction

An engaging teacher, dedicated to the many nuances of his students.

"I have had the pleasure of playing music with Corey on numerous occasions and the experience has always been exceptional. Corey covers many styles with much integrity and emotion. He is also an engaging teacher, dedicated to the many nuances of his students."

Joseph Ferlo Musician

“Excellent drum teacher for all levels.”

Excellent drum teacher for all levels.

Alex Becerra

“Great teacher.”

Corey is a great teacher, highly recommended!

Michael Carbone

“…can’t wait for the next one!!”

I took my first lesson today! I can’t wait till the next one!!

Christopher Smith

“…highly recommend!”

Thanks Corey, a great drummer and great instructor. I highly recommend!

Thomas Blake

“…patient instructor and very informative in his teachings.”

I was only Corey's student for a few months, but in that time I learned more than I ever could on my own. Very patient instructor and very informative in his teachings. Highly recommended!

Niki Tsirakis

“Your skills are the arrow, and these lessons are the whetstone that sharpen and refine them.”

I've been taking drum lessons with Corey Colmey for 9 years. I'm really experienced in drums now, and I absolutely love the new challenges now.

Imagine an arrow. It starts off extremely dull, and you use a whetstone to sharpen it. Your skills are the arrow, and these lessons are the whetstone that sharpen and refine them.

Aiden Mather

“He is welcoming and full of energy and life.”

Corey is an amazing musician - I say musician because he is more than just a drummer. Corey has a tremendous understanding of music theory which he imparts upon his students - not to mention having an amazing ability to teach the drums. My daughter has been taking lessons with Corey for the past 8 months. She had hit a learning plateau, so we were looking for her to be challenged, to gain discipline and to have her musical knowledge expanded upon. This is precisely what Corey has done for her. Corey's knowledge of drumming and music, as well as his skill, has inspired and motivated her to continue reaching her goals. I believe he would have this result regardless of the experience level or age of his students. He is welcoming and full of energy and life. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons with him. We are glad my daughter not only has a great drum teacher, but a mentor to help her navigate her musical career. I highly recommend him.

Paul Tomassi

“A rare thing.”

When your kid consistently comes out of the lesson in a better mood than he went in, it's the sign of a great teacher. Corey is a high talent with a gift for teaching. A rare thing.

Dave Paquette

“He even got me playing again.”

Corey is truly a professional. From playing drums with him in high school to watching him teach my daughter, he is one of a kind. His patience, skill level, attention to detail and love of music are just a handful of things that make Corey a great teacher/musician. I highly recommend Corey to anyone who wants to play this wonderful instrument. He even got me playing again.

Brian Jones

“…able to engage an easily distracted 8 year old”

Corey is not only an extremely talented drummer but a wonderful teacher as well. He is patient and meets his students at their level. He is able to engage an easily distracted 8 year old and has established a comfortable environment that allows him to make progress and also make mistakes without losing confidence. I highly recommend Corey as a drum instructor.

Andrea Paquette

“after my first lesson I knew Corey was going to be a great instructor”

After my first lesson I knew Corey was going to be a great instructor and I was excited to go back! He is very good with beginners and can teach to all age groups. I look forward to lessons each week because Corey is very encouraging and passionate and has given me confidence and knowledge to want to keep going! I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn or get better at drums!

Laura Madore

“Corey is the key to your success!”

Our son has been taking drum lessons with Corey for several years now. From playing in recitals to preparing for NYSSMA, our son has acquired a wealth of knowledge! Throughout the years Corey has been professional, very patient, fun, engaging and is also very talented. If you or someone you know wants to learn to play, Corey is the key to your success!

Marisol Cruz

“I always looked forward to every one of my lessons with him.”

I began studying with Corey in January of 2014. I always looked forward to every one of my lessons with him. He is such an amazing drum teacher and ever since I started taking lessons with him I’ve grown a lot as a drummer. If you or someone you know is interested in drum lessons, I strongly recommend Corey.

Patrick O'Neil

“we are now blessed to call him our friend!”

We were fortunate to have Corey as my son's drum teacher for several years. But more than that we are now blessed to call him our friend! He is as amazing as a teacher as he is as a person. Corey has an amazing talent that he eagerly shares with all of his students. His eagerness to share his passion is clearly evident at every lesson. He has a unique ability to be able to find ways to relate to each student individually which makes the learning process that much more special. If you're thinking about drumming I can't recommend anyone better to find your rhythm with!!

Lisa Wilcox

“You can’t get a better teacher.”

He’s patient and a great teacher. He’s also excellent with children. You can’t get a better teacher.

Vincent Zegarelli

“…a tremendous drummer and teacher too!!”

Corey is a tremendous drummer and teacher too!! And a nice young man!!!

Joey Newton

“…a great asset to our community.”

Corey is an excellent musician and mentor. He is kind, professional and a great asset to our community. I highly recommend him!

Teresa Troia

“Corey has a way of finding what works for all learning styles.”

Corey has a way of finding what works for all learning styles. As an older than average learner I was nervous this wouldn't be for me. Thanks to Corey I am checking one thing off my bucket list!!

Lauri Schmidt-Scherz

“My son always comes to the car super happy and laughing”

My son always comes to the car super happy and laughing at Coreys jokes. I really recommend Corey!

Julie Goldman

“Corey is the best!”

Corey is the best! My son has made solid progress on the drums and loves to play now!

Dan Phillips

“…he can take you as far as you’d like to go”

Corey is extremely knowledgable of many different styles of drumming. From day one to professional level he can take you as far as you'd like to go and have fun while learning. He is not only a GREAT teacher and mentor, he is a fantastic drummer and one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.

Bob Aloon

“…skilled in his craft and easy and fun to work with.”

Great musician and teacher, skilled in his craft and easy and fun to work with. 🙂 Also very knowledgeable about history and geography too!!!

Russ Wightman

“I definitely recommend him as an instructor.”

I took an African drumming class with Corey Colmey as a student at Utica College and loved it! I definitely recommend him as an instructor.

Julie Whittemore

“Corey is a really down to earth and approachable person.”

Corey does a great job with my son Alex. Alex can be hard to get through to, but Corey does an amazing job with him! Corey is a really down to earth and approachable person. I highly recommend him!

Justin Begor

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