Music Educators - Wade Peterson

Wade Peterson is a noted drummer and teacher of West African drumming in the Bay Area.  He teaches drum set and West African drumming to people of all walks of life including children, teens and adults. An enthusiastic drummer for over twenty years, he combines a strong grounding in Western music with a deep knowledge of West African musical traditions acquired directly from the master drummers of that region. With this blend, he has created a methodology that makes the music accessible to western learners, while remaining true to the ancient traditions from which it comes. An accompanist with the San Francisco Ballet, he performs with them in their outreach program serving children in schools. Wade is an accomplished performer, accompanist for dancers and recording artist. He holds a Bachelors in Music from UC Santa Cruz.