Mickey Vershbow

Mickey V.

Ridgewood, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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.

www.mickeyvershbow.com
https://soundcloud.com/mickey-vershbow

Mickey Vershbow 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 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.

You can listen to Mickey's playing at http://mickeyvershbow.com/media/

*** 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 lessons in their home will need at least one snare drum and a pair of sticks. Ideally the student would own a full drum-set. I provide lesson materials.

*** 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.

“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


www.mickeyvershbow.com
https://soundcloud.com/mickey-vershbow

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Experience

Drum & Guitar Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present

Jammin' With You!

Jammin' With You! is an in-home lessons company located in Wellesley, MA. They employ a diverse range of teachers who travel to students homes for lessons in the Boston and NYC area. Mickey is currently an independent contractor with the NY branch of Jammin' With You; check out her profile at http://www.jamminwithyou.com/nyteachers/mickey-vershbow/

Education

Drum-Set Performance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011

Berklee College of Music

Liberal Arts
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

The Evergreen State College

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