In addition to his performing career, Douglas is a passionate and committed educator. From his studios in Manhattan and London, he teaches drummers and percussionists of all experience levels both in person and online via Skype/Zoom lessons (contact HERE). He has given masterclasses at conservatories worldwide and has taught for some of the most prestigious musical institutions such as The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, The Colburn School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Having spent a decade in New York City studying with many of the great Jazz musicians, such as Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Washington, Billy Hart and Kenny Barron, Douglas relishes the opportunity to share the musical guidance he has absorbed from these masters with his own students.
Some of Douglas’ students have subsequently been awarded scholarships to prestigious music conservatories such as Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Boston’s New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School Pre-College and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
In addition to being Director of Percussion Ensemble (2014-17) for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program, he is regularly commissioned to create arrangements and orchestrations for the program’s large ensembles.
He has held consultancy roles in arts education, building and enriching arts curricula in New York City, serving as Strategic Consultant for Music and Arts at New York City Charter School for the Arts.
As an instrumental teacher, Douglas has taught for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect program and also teaches for Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy.
Douglas is also currently on the faculties of Bloomingdale School of Music, The Dwight School and is a Juilliard Teaching Artist at The Chapin School and Nord Anglia International School, NYC.
Douglas graduated from The Juilliard School in 2015 with the Master of Music degree and with the Artist Diploma in 2017.