Rhythm is universal.. Through rhythm we can connect and spread joy.

Believing that everyone with a pulse can be a percussionist, Brian Shankar Adler works with students to develop their innate sense rhythm. His teaching philosophy centers on the idea that rhythm lives in the body, in the world and in the universe; it is the interaction between a place, time and expenditure of energy. The study of rhythm is a daily practice of opening the ears, finding balance and breaking through blocks within the body to express any and all rhythms freely, with a clear, focused sound.

Currently on Faculty:

Bates College

University of Maine

Vermont Jazz Center

Private Lessons:

Brian Shankar Adler currently offers private lessons (remotely). Contact here for more info.


The Art of Rhythm

The Art of Composition *click here

Human Time Machine (Conducted Improvisation)

A World of Percussion

Adler has presented at: Brooklyn Conservatory, Colby College, The Cooperage, EMC Argentina, Hoff Barthelson Conservatory, Jersey City University, Mar del Plata Institute of Contemporary Art, New York University, Portland Conservatory of Music, University of Oregon, University of New Hampshire, Vermont College of Fine Arts, National Guild For Community Arts Education as well as others.


"Capturing an entire audience is a cherished skill of the experienced performer, and blowing the minds of every student in the class is the reward of the accomplished educator. Brian Shankar Adler accomplished both tasks with ease as he mesmerized everyone in the room with his amazing knowledge and skill.” ~Tom, workshop participant.

"Experiencing Brian's teaching was like taking a journey of expansion." ~Karen, student.

"Adler really has a special way of holding up a mirror and letting me see what I'm doing and how I can do it differently. It's a rare talent in any kind of teacher." ~Chanon, student.

To arrange lessons, masterclasses, or workshops, contact Brian Shankar Adler