Multi-Instrumentalist - Educator - Composer - Filmmaker

Meet the Founder

Hello! My name is April Centrone.  I am a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer and film producer based in Brooklyn, New York City.

I specialize in performing and teaching the darbuka, riqq, frame drum, drumkit, and the oud (Middle Eastern lute). I also teach Arabic music theory and maqam.

I am grateful to be a Carnegie Hall World Explorer and Paul Simon Music Residency Fellow, co-founder and creative director of the New York Arabic Orchestra, recording artist on Assassin's Creed: Mirage, and performer with Ziad Rahbani (son of Fairouz) and Marcel Khalife.

I strongly believe in empowering students to breakthrough boundaries in their playing, while also creating community. Music and drumming is meant to be shared, and I am grateful for the life-affirming drum family we have built together over the many years. 

When I train you, I share pro tips in a way that is fun and easy to assimilate, regardless of your level. I will identify what is stopping you, to play faster, longer, louder, fuller. I want you to leave me, confident, fulfilled, excited to embark on your musical journey, wherever that takes you.


Instruction & Experiences


Private Classes

Packages for Individual Students


Multi-Participant Classes

NYC Fall 2023 Class SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for Winter 2024 registration!


Destination Workshops & Retreats

New Mexico SOLD OUT. Pre-registration for Mexico and Sicily opening soon!