Bobby Previte has held masterclasses and led workshops at Princeton University, The Eastman School of Music, New York University, The New School, Bard College, Cornish College of the Arts, The School of Jazz at Perth, The University of Buffalo, Istanbul Conservatory, The Walker Art Center, Purchase College, and the Lucerne School of Music, among many others.



Bobby Previte delivers a multi instrument and multi disciplinary workshop for all levels of student and professional musicians, artists, and the interested general public. The workshop consists of a lecture, a question and answer period, and, if time permits, a demonstration, through recorded music, of many of the concepts discussed in the lecture.

These include: possible goals and directions of a life in music, and of musical education; the different techniques needed to reach those different goals; the folly of goals, practicing regimens, the idea of practice being music and not "something else"; the attainment of one’s own sound and voice in music and the enjoyment of same; the relevance of other disciplines to the musician; the use and misuse of imitation; the seductive power of beauty and it’s dangers; detachment as a state of grace; the un-setting of one’s mind; the stages of hearing-how to hear, how to listen; the importance of context; the power of expectation; the surprising freedom in limitation; risk taking; true free thinking; and meditations on John Cage, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Miles Davis, The Band, William Faulkner, Alfred Hitchcock, Antonio Gaudi, Led Zeppelin, Gregory Bateson, Joe Montana, Constantin Stanislavski, George Balanchine, Johannes Vermeer, Yvonne Rainer, Mies van der Rohe, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and Napoleon.


Bobby Previte brings his percussion piece TERMINALS QUARTETS to university and professional ensembles. Using an large array of instruments, these works are a perfect vehicle for students as they require not only exacting reading and performing skills but also some degree of improvisation, an awareness of feel, and theatrical presence. Mr.Previte is available to coach percussion ensembles in this workshop. TERMINALS QUARTETS has been performed at the 2015 PASIC Conference and at Tanglewood under the direction of George Nickson.


Working with inner city High School students

Working with inner city High School students

Bobby Previte leading the Schenectady Arts High School through a composition

Bobby Previte leading the Schenectady Arts High School through a composition

Read what Jonathan Haas, head of Percussion Studies at New York University, has to say about the project:

"The NYU Percussion Ensemble’s recent performance of Bobby Previte's Terminals Quartets was an outstanding opportunity for our students to enter the world of improvisation alongside the familiar world of “written out” composition. The result of this amalgamation of musical styles was a creative and satisfying musical experience that spanned many integral art forms. It is without  doubt a necessity that every musician have a vast musical knowledge, vocabulary and experience in this genre. Terminals is the seminal work in the percussion ensemble repertoire for such important and far-reaching experiences. The additional success of the project included the insightful and inspiring direction given to the NYU students by the composer Bobby Previte whom I have found to be an excellent communicator as well as a consummate artist and pedagog.          

                                                                    — Jonathan Haas; Director/Conductor,  NYU Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Program




Armed with the charts that he transcribed from Miles Davis’ 1970 seminal record, Previte travels to locations around the world, rehearses musicians and directs them in a concert performance. Previte has done this to critical acclaim in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia; the Cheltenham Jazz Festival/Birmingham Conservatoire, UK; Seattle, Hudson NY, Buffalo NY, and New York City.

The musicians who experience this are transformed overnight; many remark that playing this music is cathartic and life-changing. Previte’s Bitches Brew Project is the perfect vehicle for teaching musicians patience, thoughtfulness, deep listening, and above of all, how to banish fear from their playing.

By appointment in Previte’s New York City or upstate studio    email: