Drew X Coles is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator, as well as an applied lessons instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests include; the construct of success as it applies to post-secondary music students, culturally responsive pedagogy in the music classroom, the use of technology in the applied studio, Jazz pedagogy, comprehensive musicianship coursework and curricula, and quantitative research methods in music education. Drew earned his Doctorate in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University after defending his dissertation on the perceptions among performing musicians on the construct of career success. Drew also has a Bachelors of Music degree from the Crane School of Music, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College, and an MBA from the Metropolitan College of New York. Drew is also a co-founder of Pro Arts Management and Consulting LLC and serves as the Musical Director to the Metropolitan Players, an award-winning New York City-based wedding entertainment collective.
In his applied studio, Drew focuses on using technology to incite and support self-directed learning, both in digital composition students as well in traditional instrumental students.