It is overwhelmingly clear that Carl Allen is at the top of the heap in the world of jazz education and has a wealth of experience in his personal history and foundation to build on in his future endeavors.
– Joe Lovano

Every clinic is designed specially for the needs of the musicians in attendance however here is an outline of what will be discussed and demonstrated.

“How to Become a Musician Who Plays Drums”
(A Jazz Perspective)

Topics to be discussed:

It is a direct testament to the effectiveness of the curriculum which Mr. Allen has both thoughtfully crafted and directly instilled in the Juilliard Jazz students, that so many under his careful and caring watch have achieved the musical skills and well-rounded adaptability to now be in positions in the professional performance and recording arena to work with whoever they choose among the finest bandleaders today.
– Benny Green

Listed below is a partial list of places where I have given clinics and/or masterclasses:


  • Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY)
  • New School University (New York, NY)
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
  • Roosevelt University (Chicago, ILL)
  • Cal State – Los Angeles
  • Cal State – Hayward
  • Cal State – Fresno
  • Cal State – Northridge
  • Cal State – Bakersfield
  • Cal State – Fullerton
  • Cal State – Berkely
  • Cal Arts Los Angeles (Valencia, CA)
  • PIT (Hollywood, CA)
  • Los Angeles Music Academy (Pasadena, CA)
  • Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
  • University of Southern California
  • UCLA
  • Capital University (Columbus, OH)
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Michigan State University
  • The University of The Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Webster University (St. Louis, MO)
  • Georgia State University
  • North Texas State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Christchurch Polytech (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • North Boys High School (Sydney, Australia)
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney, Australia)
  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Holland)
  • Moorpark High School (Moorpark, CA)
  • Centerville High School (Centerville, OH)
  • Mac Arthur High School (Houston, TX)
  • Aguora High School (Aguora, CA)
  • Northcote College High School (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • University of MO – Columbia
  • The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
  • Stanford University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Bethune-Cookman College


  • Gorby’s Music (South Charleston, WV)
  • The Drum Pad (Palatine, ILL)
  • Cascio Music (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Tony’s Drum Shop (Green bay, WI)
  • Drum City (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • The Drum Shop (Portland, OR)
  • Drum Center of Indianapolis
  • Houston Percussion
  • Mozingo Music (Ellisville, MO)
  • Farrow’s Music (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • The Percussion Center (Fort Wayne, IND)
  • Granny’s Music (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Gelb Music (Redwood City, CA)
  • Crazy Music (Columbia, MO)
  • Mom’s Music (Lousiville, KY)
  • Billy Hydes Drum Craft (Sydney, Australia)
  • Hauer Music (Dayton, OH)
  • Explorers’ Percussion (Kansas City, MO)
  • The Percussuon Shop (Evanston, ILL)
  • Daryl Stuermer Music (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Strings n’ Things (Cincinatti, OH)
  • Jim Laabs Music (Stevens Point, WI)
  • Everything Musical (Columbus, GA)
  • Lafayette Music Co. (Lafayette, GA)
  • Columbus Percussion (Columbus, OH)