Eric Novod


Eric Novod is a New Jersey-based educator, writer, and drummer/producer. Since completing his Master’s Degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University in 2007, he has spent the last decade rooted in several musical worlds:

As an educator, Eric has taught New Jersey’s finest young musicians at both the college level (Rutgers University, Brookdale Community College) and high school level (The Peddie School, Hanover Park High School). He is certified to teach music and social studies in New Jersey, has led award-winning performance ensembles, maintains a private drum lesson roster, and has developed curriculum for the innovative Music Technology program at Hanover Park High School. As of July 2016, Eric will be joining the staff of Lakehouse Music Academy (Asbury Park) as its Director of Education. 

As a writer, Eric is a frequent contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine, including the feature entitled, “College Bound! A One-Stop Guide for the Aspiring Collegiate Drummer,” based on the proven success of his drumset students. He also served as a staff writer and editor at, and has contributed entries to multiple music encyclopedias. As a drummer/producer, Eric has toured the world with Hellcat Records recording artist, Westbound Train, and has performed/recorded with Alex & Janel, Alex Brumel, deSoL, Marc Muller, Kirsten Thien, Sally Boyd, and Anthony Walker, among many others. 

Eric has studied with Bernard Purdie, Billy Ward, and Alan Michaels, and is proud to be endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads. He is the creator and operator of The Groove Index (, and can be reached at eric[at]

Eric is thrilled to be joining forces with the Lakehouse staff: "The Lakehouse Music Academy is already accomplishing great things--and I feel like it's just the beginning of the pioneering work that will emerge from the building and impact the entire community. As the music world shifts and adapts, so does the world of music education. Lakehouse Music Academy has every opportunity to be at the forefront of truly progressive music education."