Specializes in: Percussion
Education: BM Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Noah was born and raised on Chicago’s North Shore. At the age of four, Noah began playing drums. Beginning at age 13, Noah’s first private drum teacher was Paul Wertico – the Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Pat Metheny Group. Noah’s commitment and participation in every school band from middle school through high school resulted in his being awarded the Benny Goodman Prize for excellence upon graduation. At the Berklee College of Music, Noah was quickly introduced to a wider range of percussion styles, techniques and musical expression through his studies with legendary musicians such as John Blackwell (Prince), Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Kenwood Dennard (Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston), Skip Hadden (Weather Report) & Dave DiCenso (Duran Duran).
Throughout his life, Noah has recognized the power of music to unite people of all ages and backgrounds to build strong and sustainable communities. He believes that music is a universal language that reaches across all cultural and demographic boundaries. It is in this spirit that Noah hopes to bring awareness of rhythmic music as a complementary tool to enable people of all ages to create and maintain good health.
Noah Plotkin is a professionally trained drum set and world percussion musician who is a 2007 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has collaborated as a percussionist with a number of notable institutions in the United States and abroad including Emerson College, Boston College, The Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel, The Martha Graham Dance Conservatory, Sala Crisantempo School of Dance in Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil, The Amsterdam Theatre School of Dance, The Parkinson’s Project at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Chicago and the Northwestern University & Columbia College dance programs. Noah is currently in his sixth year as percussionist for Congregation Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL, a private drum set, percussion and guitar teacher, music educator and valued member of many different Chicago area world music, rock, blues, funk, pop and jazz ensembles including the percussionist for Chicago’s elite wedding band The Gold Coast All Stars, as well as the drummer for Bowmanville, Railheart & Imperial Boxmen all based in Chicago, IL.