Mickey Vershbow
Brooklyn, NY
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Mickey Vershbow

Mickey V.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Mickey V. has worked as a private teacher for the last 5 years and taught over 40 students of varying ages and skill levels. She is an enthusiastic, warm, and lively teacher who is dedicated to helping her students find their own passion for the instrument. Her overall approach is to equip the student with the technical skills, personal motivation, and creative tools to discover and develop their own voice on the instrument. She guides students towards reaching their own musical goals while also helping to influence, inspire, & expose students to new ideas, techniques, & styles.

V. is also interested in the therapeutic aspects of learning to play an instrument. She studied the therapeutic potentials of music at The Evergreen State College and incorporates this knowledge into her approach to teaching lessons. Some examples of this are:

-Improving the student’s posture while drumming, and therefore improving their overall posture in day to day life. Proper posture can lead to many benefits such as increased confidence, decreased neck/back pain, deeper breathing, and reduced stress/anxiety.

-Encouraging the student to use the instrument as a way to explore and release emotional tension, as well as to use the lessons as a safe space to discuss their experiences.

-Setting musical goals that improve the student’s ability to focus on a given task; if a younger student has trouble focusing in lessons and at school, V. creates musical games and exercises to address the issue. By improving focus in the context of music, the student is able to apply these skills in other contexts.

Mickey would be interested and excited to discuss non-musical skills that can be acquired and improved upon through lessons. If you struggle with anxiety, emotional, focus, or physical issues of any nature, learning to play drums can be a valuable tool to develop coping skills and foster growth. If you feel that your child has emotional or behavioral struggles that might benefit from lessons with a teacher who has studied music therapy, V.is interested and experienced in this field.

She is available for private lessons in Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY at her home studios. She is also available for in-home lessons depending on the student’s location. Rates are flexible and dependent on travel time. She can be reached by phone or email; visit the Contact page for more info.

TESTIMONIALS

“Berklee educated with the patience and understanding to find each students qualities and strengths; able to teach beginners and intermediate drummers at their own pace. After 5 weeks my daughter already sounds like a rock star and she couldn’t be any happier! I’m Impressed!” — Albert P.

“Mickey’s fun and playful teaching style allows children to explore the world of music with curiosity and joy. Our (4 year old) son’s interest in piano blossomed under Mickey’s guidance. She helped him develop a connection to music by incorporating his interests into the lessons, and he always looked forward to their time together.” – Heather C.

“Mickey is a very good teacher and if I had a different teacher, I wouldn’t be so psyched about drumming! She is very patient, especially when I try a hard drum beat. I wasn’t sure if I would like drumming but when Mickey became my teacher, I loved it!” – Juliette S., current student

About Mickey V.

Mickey has worked as a private teacher for the last 5 years and taught over 40 students of varying ages and skill levels. She is an enthusiastic, warm, and lively teacher who is dedicated to helping her students find their own passion for the instrument. Her overall approach is to equip the student with the technical skills, personal motivation, and creative tools to discover and develop their own voice on the instrument. She guides students towards reaching their own musical goals while also helping to influence, inspire, & expose students to new ideas, techniques, & styles.

She is currently available for virtual lessons only. Outdoor lessons in the Brooklyn/Manhattan areas are also possible during Covid.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Mickey will be simultaneously fun and challenging. Her interest is in helping the student reach their musical goals while also helping to expose them to new techniques, styles, and musical concepts. She does not believe in the old-school strict teacher approach, but she does take her work very seriously; if the student wants to work hard and learn fast, she will meet them on that level. Similarly, if the student wants to take it slow and focus on one thing at a time, she will move at their preferred pace. Her curriculum is based on years of private study with professional drummers such as Kenwood Dennard and Dean Johnston, as well as her studies at Berklee College of Music. She has a large book collection that she uses in lessons, ranging from snare drum reading to technique books to songbooks. Regardless of skill level, she always focuses on helping the student form a solid foundation as a drummer, which includes: sense of rhythm, musical ear, reading/writing skills, and technique. Beyond those core elements, she bases the curriculum on what the student is interested in. After 3 to 6 months studying with Mickey, the student can expect to have made significant progress towards their musical goals, and to be having fun in the process!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum-sets, recording gear, guitars, amps, books, and a stereo system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students who sign up for virtual lessons don't need to own a drum-set or any studio gear. All you need to get started is a drum pad and sticks! I recommend the Evans "Real Feel" 12" drum pad and Vic Firth 7A or 5A sticks. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to discuss other / additional options for at-home setups.

*** Specialties ***
Mickey specializes in rock and jazz drumming; She has extensive experience studying Gary Chaffee's methods, as well as the Moeller Technique and playing styles pioneered by Steve Gadd. She has studied many books cover to cover such as: Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone; 4-Way Coordination by Marvin Dahlgren; Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin; Studio and Big Band Drumming by Steve Houghton; as well as many other books by drummers such as Buddy Rich, Garwood Whaley, Bob Moses, Stanton Moore, and Tommy Igoe. She is well versed in the following styles: Rock, Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Hip-Hop, Latin, and Classical.


***TESTIMONIALS***

"Berklee educated with the patience and understanding to find each students qualities and strengths; able to teach beginners and intermediate drummers at their own pace. After 5 weeks my daughter already sounds like a rock star and she couldn't be any happier! I'm impressed!” - Albert P., Boston MA

"Mickey's fun and playful teaching style allows children to explore the world of music with curiosity and joy. Our (4 year old) son's interest in piano blossomed under Mickey's guidance. She helped him develop a connection to music by incorporating his interests into the lessons, and he always looked forward to their time together." - Heather C., Boston MA

"Mickey is a very good teacher and if I had a different teacher, I wouldn't be so psyched about drumming! She is very patient, especially when I try a hard drum beat. I wasn't sure if I would like drumming but when Mickey became my teacher, I loved it!" Juliette S., Brooklyn

“My overall experience is awesome! Great location, great price and the most important thing - a great learning experience. Mickey is a great drummer, patient teacher and a very cool person. I am definitely going back for more lessons. Highly recommend it to anyone interested.” - Sahin R., NYC

“I’ve been drumming since I was 12 (two decades now) and decided to get back into lessons to improve my chops and expand my repertoire. I’ve been taking lessons with Mickey for almost a year and have learned a TON. She is very thoughtful about the work we do when I’m in lessons and the work she wants me to practice on my own. Mickey also goes above and beyond and has come to one of my band’s shows to check out my drumming in a different scenario to better support me. I can’t say enough about Mickey. The environment is so chill and supportive. Check her out!” - Will R., NYC

"My thirteen year old daughter has been studying with Mickey for the past year. From working with her, her drumming ability has improved a lot. Mickey’s classes are challenging, fun and very inspiring. She’s a great teacher!” - Laura P., NYC

"When my daughter was 4, she asked me if she could take drum lessons. After almost a year search I finally found Mickey —- the only person I could find who would take on a kid at that age. I was apprehensive because my daughter is extremely shy around adults and had never taken a private one-on-one class of any kind. But Mickey was great! She makes my daughter feel comfortable and balances the lesson with the fun. It’s hard to get a kid that age to focus, but man when she does she is really getting it! - and that’s all due to the patience and encouragement that Mickey provides.” Karen G., NYC

“Trying something new at a not-so-young age can be very intimidating, especially if you have NO skills whatsoever. My instructor, Mickey, has been an inspiring, thoughtful and patient teacher and is all the reason I decided to continue with private lessons. If you are like me and personal hobbies take a back seat to work, Mickey is your gal. She gives you enough encouragement and practice material to work on in between lessons, and never makes you feel bad for not being able to keep a consistent schedule. Oh yea, and she’s an amazing drummer!” - Karen R., NYC

“Mickey gets it. She has that special talent of connecting with people. You might describe her as being an “old soul” but I think that’s too trite. Mickey has that marvelous blend of youth and zeal combined with compassion, attention and understanding. These qualities carry over into her playing which is vibrant and probing as well as her teaching which is subtle yet urging. Mickey is a truly modern musician with forward vision and a reverence for her roots.” - Dean Johnston, Boston-based drummer (Club d'Elf)

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Liz
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Mickey is an incredible teacher who has helped me grow immensely as a musician through their personalized and encouraging approach. Mickey met me exactly where I was at when I first started lessons and has known throughout our time together exactly where I need to be challenged and where I need extra support which has helped me better understand my own progress as a learner. I had been taking lessons with Mickey for a year in-person when we switched to virtual and the quality and attention to detail Mickey provides in our lessons has not been affected in the least. Mickey is a patient and engaging teacher and I can not recommend taking lessons with Mickey enough!

Posted Sep 10, 2020
Catherine
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Mickey is awesome! We only got the opportunity to do one in-person class before we had to go virtual, and she adopted very well and very quickly to that format. When I expressed frustration at how difficult it felt for me to learn certain things, she would quickly adjust her method or way of teaching that particular skill, or slow it down a bit and break it down more, so I was able to look at things from a different angle and more easily understand them. For me that's huge because I can get down on myself really easily if I don't pick something up quickly. I truly can't recommend her enough.

Posted Sep 10, 2020
Michele.
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Mickey is an exceptional teacher- patient and adaptable, she knows how to communicate precise technique down to the smallest detail. No small feat considering we’re working virtually. Each lesson feels like I’ve got more usable tools and techniques. She’s equally effective at explaining theory both abstract and in practical terms. Would highly recommend (and have already) to anyone thinking about hittin the drums.

Posted Sep 8, 2020

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Experience

Founder / Owner
Jan 2012 - Present

Mickey Drum Lessons

As one of the few female drum teachers working in NYC, Mickey specializes in teaching drum lessons to women and gender non-conforming students of all ages (men are welcome too, of course!) who want to learn to play drums in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Whether you're a beginner with no previous experience in music, an intermediate looking to take your playing to the next level, or an advanced student interested in expanding your vocabulary and focusing on specific skills, Mickey will design a personalized lesson plan and practice routine to keep you inspired and moving forward. Mickey has been teaching privately for over 10 years, and has been based out of her private studio since 2016.

Manager, Head Instructor & Co-Founder of Tom Tom Academy
Jan 2016 - Nov 2018

Tom Tom Academy

Mickey was brought on board by Mindy Abovitz, founder and editor-in-chief of Tom Tom Magazine to create Tom Tom Academy, a Brooklyn-based drum school entirely led by women. As Manager and Head Instructor, teaching-related responsibilities included designing and building a lesson studio in Brooklyn; maintaining equipment; teaching private and group lessons; hiring and managing instructors; and creating a core curriculum followed by all instructors.

Head Instructor / Studio Manager
Jan 2015 - Aug 2018

Bang! The Drum School

Mickey taught hundreds of students from a wide range of backgrounds, skill levels, ages, and areas of interest during her time as an instructor Bang! The Drum School. After one year of full-time teaching, Mickey was promoted to Instructor & Studio Manager, which meant overseeing the curriculum being taught by all teachers on staff. Responsibilities also included teaching 2-4 group lessons per week and 20-25 private lessons per week; communications and scheduling for incoming and current students; following up with leads; managing the team of instructors; overseeing lesson curriculums taught by all instructors; cleaning and maintaining gear in two lesson studios; printing syllabi for the group classes; researching opportunities for business growth; interviewing job candidates; and meeting once per week with the school’s owner and founder.

Drum & Guitar Teacher
Sep 2010 - Sep 2016

Jammin' With You!

Jammin' With You! is an in-home lessons company with several locations around the Northeast. They employ a diverse range of teachers who travel to students homes for lessons in the Boston and NYC area. Mickey worked as an independent contractor with both the Boston and NYC branches of of Jammin' With You!, and traveled to hundreds of different student's homes for in-person lessons over the years. She gained a tremendous amount of experience working with kids as young as two years old, as well as kids between the ages of 4-12.

Education

Music Performance & Education
Sep 2008 - Jun 2014

The Evergreen State College

Drum-Set Performance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

Berklee College of Music

Certifications

Bachelor of Arts
Jun 2014

The Evergreen State College

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