Lessons: Private & Skype

Private Lesson Info

One of Ted's 7 drum instructors, Henry Adler co-author of Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments, rocketed Ted's abilities to teach. Since 1970 Ted has been teaching Henry and Buddy's methods. His own published works: The Ultimate Drummers Workout and Buddy Rich's Rudiments Around the Kit are also included in Ted's tutorial. Jazz, rock, country, Afro-Cuban styles are all part of his program.

Ted has taught hundreds of students of all ages and abilities. Some are young and ambitious. Students with disabilities. World renown students. Doctors, business men and women. He currently Skype's with students in England, Arkansas, Nashville and Los Angeles.

Ted is located just 1/2 mile from exit 10 off I-87 in Ballston Lake, New York. He has been teaching at his current location, 175 Wood Dale Drive since 1991.

Lessons are booked in half hour sessions four times a month at $110. The lesson fee is paid on the first lesson of each month and is non-refundable.

For more information please call 518-877-8224, or email at ted.mackenzie@yahoo.com


  • Marching drummers
  • Music educators
  • Orchestral percussionists
  • Drum set drummers

Now you can now study with Ted from anywhere in the world via SKYPE!
All you need is high-speed internet access and a computer with a camera to make it happen!

Here's what to do:

  1. Contact Ted by phone, or email:

  2. Forward Ted the payment for the agreed lesson times.

  3. Purchase the materials (Halleonard.com):

  4. After Ted secures the payment he will contact you to schedule an appointed time to Skype.

That's it!

"I've been working on [the] technique. I have gained control and speed already. My wrists are starting to open up more, speed comes with less effort." --Andrew Campbell

- testimonial