Teachers & Coordinators
Aynsley Powell, Drum, Percussion & Guitar Instructor, Workshop Coordinator & Composer
Aynsley Powell is a performer, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in a musical family, he began the drums at age 6 and his parents quickly realized it was where his excess energy belonged. Fostered by a burgeoning local music program and supportive gigging community, Aynsley took precedence in state and regional competitions, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall when he was 16.
As a scholarship recipient to Berklee College of Music, he took full advantage of the school’s musical and cultural diversity and solidiﬁed his appreciation of all genres. In addition to jazz performance and composition, Aynsley studied world percussion, which lead to an intensive study at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in Kopeyia, Ghana.
Since residing in Brooklyn, Aynsley has performed and recorded with an eclectic roster of artists including St. Vincent, Kaki King, Wishbone Ash, Lapland, and Tigercity. He is currently a member of Matuto, a band that performs and teaches world-wide as cultural ambassadors to the U.S. State Department. With over ten years of experience as an educator, he has worked with students of all ages and currently teaches songwriting workshops through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.