Dylan Mandel

Dylan M.

Glenside, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Can teach a variety of styles and techniques, including but not limited to: stick control, independence, phrasing, linear patterns, composition, rock, funk, jazz, and R&B.

About Dylan M.

Dylan Mandel is a musician and producer based in Philadelphia. He has made national television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, MTV Campus Invasion Music Festival and MTV Dean's List, sharing the stage with Wyclef Jean, Kelly Clarkson, Portugal. The Man, Amy Schumer and others. In addition to his passion for percussion, Dylan is also a dual-licensed speech-language pathologist with certifications in Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD.

Dylan received his Master of Science from CUNY Hunter College in Speech-Language Pathology and Bachelor of Arts from CUNY Brooklyn College with a double major in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Linguistics. Dylan also studied Music Performance and Education at the University of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jazz Combo Studies at the Seattle Drum School. Across his academics, Dylan has garnered a variety of skills including music therapy rehabilitation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and auditory-verbal therapy for newly activated cochlear implant users.

Dylan is an avid researcher. His most recent work, “The Added Value of Musical Training on Linguistic Syntax Processing” was presented with acclaim at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association convention in Orlando, FL in November, 2019, as well as the Cognitively Based Music Informatics Research seminar at the Tow Center for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, NY in August, 2019. This research provided objective evidence of the implicit benefit of musical training on a mechanistic level and argued for an improvement in quality and quantity of music training across the lifespan.

Dylan’s philanthropic interests are also notable. He has volunteered as an engineering teacher for incoming freshman at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, contributed as a drum instructor/writer for Takelessons.com, and has been an invited performer/speaker at Power Chord Academy Music Camp for Kids.

Dylan has advertised for Gretsch, Yamaha and Sabian, of which he endorses.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Be a musician, not a drummer." I will never forget this advice Jojo Mayer gave me years ago. Anybody can teach you slick rock beats and pocket grooves, but learning how to APPROACH the kit under will take you so much further in your musical career. My teaching style is paced and relaxed. We play. We listen. We have fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Gretsch Renown Maple kit, Gretsch Catalina Jazz Mahogany kit, Assortment of Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, along with many auxiliary percussive and melodic toys.


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Puneet A.
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Dylan is an excellent teacher and an amazing drummer. He is down-to-earth and makes you feel comfortable immediately. He's also very organized regarding scheduling, and his lesson plans are flexible and productive. His teaching style is detail oriented and he explains well. He does not hesitate to correct my child and still encourages her to play better. Dylan is very enthusiastic about drumming and makes lessons a joy to take.

I am so glad we found him as soon as we came to NYC!

Posted Sep 6, 2014

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Percussion Engineer
Sep 2012 - Present

New York University

● Responsible for cleaning, tuning, maintenance, and set up of Clive Davis Department's in-house DW drum kit to the utmost of NYU's professional standards.

Music Department Supervisor, Percussion Education
Aug 2003 - Sep 2011

Best Buy Inc.

● Operated and maintained company’s largest warehouse and grossing store ● Coordinated lesson plans throughout department ● Hired, trained, and supervised staff of 14

Marketing/Events Manager/Percussion
Jan 2007 - Aug 2011

The Lives of Famous Men Inc.

● Planned strategic PR campaigns which resulted in features in Spin Magazine, Alternative Press Magazine, and several weekly newspapers and online publications ● Organized many national tours and coordinated artists, artist managers, promoters, and venue managers ● Negotiated live performance contracts ● Composed, orchestrated, and performed original music on four released albums ● Collaborated with major producers including James Paul Wisner, Paul Kolderie, and Casey Bates ● Directed ensemble through 291 performances and 7 tours in 49 states


Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, magna cum laude
Jan 2017 - May 2019

School of Health Professions, Hunter College – CUNY

Bachelor of Arts, double major: Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Speech and Hearing Science, and, Linguistics, summa cum laude
Jan 2015 - May 2017

Brooklyn College – CUNY



Limited Proficiency


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED), active
May 2020

Red Cross

Certification of Clinical Competence
Apr 2020

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD)
May 2019

New York Department of Education

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD
Jan 2019



“The Added Value of Musical Training on Linguistic Syntax Processing” capstone thesis
Aug 2019

Hunter College Department of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology

Invited Performer/Speaker
Aug 2017

Power Chord Music Academy for Kids

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