Private Instruction

Daniel is a dedicated educator who maintains a studio of private percussion students from across Metro Vancouver. He provides lessons on concert percussion (i.e., snare drum, mallet percussion, and accessories) and latin percussion.

Daniel’s students have been members of BCMEA provincial honour ensembles, the National Concert Band, and the National Youth Band of Canada. They have received scholarships to attend secondary and post-secondary institutions, and have been accepted to universities across the country.

New students are invited to join Daniel’s studio based on audition or referral. If you are interested in receiving private lessons, please contact Daniel by clicking here.


Providing educational workshops is one of the most important ways Daniel contributes to musical growth in emerging artists. His workshops on contemporary performance, concert percussion, career development, and global drumming genres have engaged hundreds of students and teachers.

Daniel has given workshops for music festivals, conferences, secondary schools, school districts, and post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. A selected list of workshop recipients is located below.

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Arbutus Middle School

Burnaby North Secondary School

Eric Hamber Secondary School

Garibaldi Secondary School

Glenlyon–Norfolk School

Handsworth Secondary School

Holy Cross Regional Secondary School

Hong Kong International School

Langley Fine Arts School

Maple Ridge Secondary School

Mennonite Educational Institute

Minnekhada Middle School

Mulgrave School

Rick Hansen Secondary School

Seycove Secondary School

Similkameen Secondary School

Southern Okanagan Secondary School

South Kamloops Secondary School

Southridge School

West Point Grey Academy

West Vancouver Youth Band

York House School

MusicFest Canada

Music Under the K Festival

Whistler Music Festival

British Columbia Music Educators’ Conference

Middle Years Association of British Columbia 

  Annual Conference

Surrey Teacher’s Association Annual Conference

UBC Student Music Educators’ Association

Sabian and Yamaha Canada Music

In the spring of 2013 Daniel became a Sabian artist. For teachers at the secondary and post-secondary levels, this provides another opportunity to receive financial support for presenting workshops. If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Daniel.

In 2007 Daniel was invited to become a Yamaha artist. The infrastructure and network of contacts provided by Yamaha Canada Music allows him to reach students across North America.

If you would like to feature Daniel in an upcoming clinic for your school, school district, conference, or music festival, please contact him by clicking here.

A link to the Yamaha Canada Music online clinic application can be found by clicking here.

Central Washington University (USA)

Eastern Oregon University (USA)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

Leeds College of Music (UK)

Newcastle University (UK)

Pacific Lutheran University (USA)

Royal Northern College of Music (UK)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire (UK)

University of British Columbia (Canada)

University of Calgary (Canada)

University of Lethbridge (Canada)

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA)

University of Toronto (Canada)

University of Victoria (Canada)

University of York (UK)

Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)

Burnaby School District

Kamloops School District

Langley School District

Vancouver School Board

National Youth Orchestra of Canada

National Youth Band of Canada

Canadian Wind Orchestra

  (formerly the National Concert Band)

Click to download an information package about the workshops Daniel offers.


Post-Secondary Teaching

Dr. Tones is a full-time instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches Studio Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Music History, World Music, and leads an Interdisciplinary Field School to Cuba. Prior to his continuing appointment at KPU, he held positions at Simon Fraser University, Douglas College, and Vancouver Community College.

Daniel Tones   percussionist and educator