rob's practice room

every week, you go take a lesson with your teacher. you learn a ton of stuff, and then you leave. your lesson is filled with answers and optimism...

...but then you leave.

and when you leave your lesson and go to the practice room, you’re by yourself. you’re alone. you have nothing and no one to guide you.

we’ve all been there.

we’ve all had to practice alone and face our problems head on. you deal with a seemingly endless avalanche of issues with chops, musicality, rhythm, and time management. and your entire future life is on the line. (well, at least it feels that way.)

and all of this could be solved by just having more information. “i wonder how the principal of the LA philharmonic practices this excerpt?” or “what if there was a way to find out how players in the top 10 american orchestras got over their nerves for auditions?”

but in the practice room, there’s no coach. there’s no siri to ask what sticking the professionals use on porgy and bess. it’s just you and your instrument.

that’s all bullshit, if you ask me. we have the internet now.

so my mission is to provide YOU with exactly that: an invitation to step inside my practice room (aka new youtube channel) so i can share with you my very best strategies for practicing and improving at your instrument.

welcome to my new youtube channel: rob’s practice room.

every week i’ll release a new video (fingers crossed) about a different topic. i’ll lay out my very best strategies that i learned throughout my decade-or-so of practicing and preparing for auditions. for instance, i’m going to cover things like:

  • how to use the metronome to develop super solid rhythm
  • how to organize your practice session so you don’t waste time
  • how to attack nerves and performance anxiety
  • more! so much more

it’s for both percussionists and non-percussionists.

what topics should i cover?????

i’m taking submissions for topics. i want to share as much of the information that i know about literally any musical topic. please tell me what you want to learn! i’m doing this for you, after all. just comment on the latest video and let me know what topic you want me to cover next. and while you’re there, please subscribe and hit me up with a ‘thumbs up.'


want to nail your next audition?

here's the 5-part audition preparation method i used to win a job in the met orchestra.


rob knopper

lincoln center plaza, 10023

hailed by @nytimes and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes'. recorded delécluse: douze études for snare drum, percussionist in @metorchestra.