Doug Scheuerell

Tabla Instructor


Doug Scheuerell received the B.Mus. with distinction (voice) and teaching credentials from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was awarded the Music Clinic Scholarship and full tuition for three years. Scheuerell played guitar and sang in bands and as a soloist while receiving his education, and continued to play popular music professionally, giving more than 1000 performances during a ten year period from 1964 to 1974. He studied the classical music of North India with the great maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and learned to play tabla in the traditional style under the tutelage of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, the renowned guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, and others.

Scheuerell has provided tabla accompaniment for vocal, sitar, sarod, santur, bansuri flute, and kathak dance performances. He is also known for his tabla solo presentations. Though traditional in his approach, he has performed and recorded with jazz, new age, and contemporary classical groups. He has composed music for theater, dance, radio, and film.

Scheuerell began his teaching career as a guitar instructor. He has also taught voice and children's musical theater. He was a faculty member of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Berkley, CA) and at Family Light Music School (Sausalito, CA), and was a member of the Elizabeth Waters Dance Ensemble (Albuquerque, NM). He was an instructor of music at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance from 1993 to 2014 where he taught tabla performance. Scheuerell currently teaches tabla, guitar, and voice privately in Springfield Oregon, and his students have frequently gone on to enjoy professional success.

Through the National Endowment for the Arts, Scheuerell has held residencies in California schools. He received performance grants from the Lane Regional Arts Council in Eugene and a faculty development grant from the University of Oregon. His biography is published in numerous compilations including Marquis Who's Who in America and he received the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).


Eugene Weekly (Review of Communion)

Ethos (Article) 

Sun Prairie, WI Star May 12, 2011 (Article)

"Scheuerell very nearly is a magic man" - San Francisco Progress

"Through his innate ability and persistent methodical progress he has gained my firm support." - Swapan Chaudhuri, 1987

"I found him very competent to further his studies that he may go ahead to come in a high rank." - Juan Prakash Ghosh, 1987

"He has shown a consistent commitment to the tabla and shunned other opportunities in favor of his Hindustani music practice. Doug is an excellent student and shows promise." - Ali Akbar Khan, 1987

"Douglas Scheuerell isn't given the recognition that he deserves in Sun Prairie for his contributions to music." - Sun Praire Historical Museum, 2012


Purchase can be made through paypal, check, or money order. Each CD is $15. The CD is also available on most popular digital download sites. 

List of Recordings

  • Communion  
  • Loss  
  • From the Heart  

  • Structures  
  • Healing Sounds of Dhrupad Gurbani Kirtan  
  • The Healing Sounds of Gurbani  
  • Vanish into Blue
  • Coyote Jump

Tabla Lessons, Rental, Repair, and Purchase

Doug Scheuerell maintains an active private studio and is dedicated to teaching new and continuing students of all ages. Lessons are generally one hour in duration but different arrangements can be made. Often longer lessons are arranged for students who travel from out of Eugene for their lessons. The frequency of the lessons is left to the discretion of the student, but one lesson per week is recommended. Good quality new and used tabla from the best craftsmen in India are available for rent or purchase. 

Instrument repair services are also available. Doug Scheuerell will repair cracks and other problems, "pull" (to tune), or re-head instruments.

Contact Information

Doug Scheuerell

1557 D Street

Springfield, OR 97477

[email protected]