Musician | Producer | Educator
Dustin Hoag began playing drums at the age of 14, and has been studying and performing music for over 15 years. He is well versed in playing a variety of musical styles, along with teaching the fundamentals of music theory and songwriting. First playing in rock bands with friends at his high school in Texas, Dustin performed at various venues in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. At the age of 15, he began an apprenticeship with Berklee College of Music graduate and professional drummer, John Martinez. In the years that followed, Dustin expanded his horizons to playing styles such as jazz, latin, and funk.
After being accepted to the University of North Texas, Dustin continued his studies at their world-renown College of Music. While attending, he advanced his education in percussion, music theory, history, and pedagogy. He later received a minor in music with his degree. Along with his experience studying and performing music, Dustin has also recorded and produced multiple albums over the years. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and continues to write, record and perform music.
Dustin discovered his passion for teaching private music lessons when he moved to Albuquerque in 2013, beginning with his time at the acclaimed StratAcademy in the village of Corrales. Headed by renowned guitarist Jimmy Lee Smith, Dustin has spent the last four years teaching and playing alongside Jimmy.
Dustin currently lives in the Nob Hill area with his wife, Gabrielle and his Great Dane, Wyatt. He is preparing to open a studio of his own and begin offering private lessons in downtown Albuquerque in the near future.
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