T.R. McKotch

T.R. McKotch

Remote Drum Instructor

T.R. McKotch is a highly experienced pro drummer, music educator, and recording artist with 30+ years of teaching drums and percussion. T.R. values the opportunity to teach drums and percussion and pass along the knowledge of a musical lifetime. 

T.R. believes the most meaningful rewards of teaching music is connecting with his students, watching them overcome challenges, and developing the ability to express themselves musically.

T.R.’s main goals with his students are to create a fun learning environment and approach so the students can grow as musicians and have fun while learning. 

T.R. understands that cultivating the creative and artistic sensibilities involved in mastering an instrument can be an invaluable experience that affects all aspects of a student’s life lasting a lifetime.

Aside from teaching drums and percussion virtually for the Warren Music Conservatory from his studio in Rochester, NY, T.R. is an adjunct instructor of drum and percussion studies at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, NY.

What others are saying

“T.R. is fantastic! A true gem for our area.” ~Steve Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs)

“T.R. McKotch is a rare kind of musician who can both play and teach very well.  His ability to connect to beginner drummers, both by teaching and empowering them are traits that will help his students long after they leave his experiences.  T.R. is someone who truly loves people and wants to see them progress.” ~Jim Donovan (Rusted Root)

“Your class gave me so much structure.  It has always been something I’ve appreciated! Thanks for being a great teacher and friend!” ~Mark Reininga, Actor NCIS – L.A.


Here’s a word from T.R. …

I’m excited to announce that I will be joining The Music Conservatory LLC – Warren this month as a virtual drum instructor teaching from my virtual studio in Rochester, NY. It’s an honor and privilege to be part of an incredible team of music educators. I am excited to be part of this wonderful program where my daughter Irys Sandberg and my son-in-law Ryan Sandberg teach music lessons since its inception in 2016. Music education is ever evolving, and the Warren Music Conservatory serves as a leader for quality music education.
I’d like to thank Joseph Glarner and April Glarner for their support and friendship throughout the years and helping me land here. I couldn’t be more excited to start this next chapter in my career.
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