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In addition to his accomplishments as a composer, performer, and artist, Dr. Jesse Stewart is also an award-winning educator. He has taught private drum lessons for over twenty years, mentoring several of the finest young percussionists in the country. From 200l to 2008, he taught percussion in the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music where he also taught popular music studies. In 2006, he was honoured with a “Teaching Excellence Award” in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and student learning at the University of Guelph. He is now a professor of music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa where he was awarded a Teaching Achievement Award in 2014.

He regularly conducts workshops, clinics, and masterclasses on drum set, percussion, improvisation, experimental instrument design, the physics of music, and the use of found objects in music and art at public and private schools, art galleries, festivals, colleges, and universities. In 2012, he founded an organization called “We Are All Musicians” (WAAM) that is rooted in his firm belief that music is a fundamental human right and that everyone deserves to have opportunities to make music, regardless of musical training, socio-economic circumstance, and/or level of physical or intellectual ability. As a means to that end, he has facilitated dozens of music workshops and performances with musicians and non-musicians alike, including extensive work with children and individuals with special needs. Using a wide range of percussion instruments (including many of his own design) and several cutting-edge adaptive use instruments, the “We Are All Musicians” initiative creates inclusive spaces for sonic exploration.

To inquire about the possibility of booking Jesse Stewart, please email him at