- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 7+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hello, my name is Mike and I am excited to teach you. I have studied the drums for most of my life, and can't wait to show you what I have learned.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing teachers and musicians from all over the globe. I am more than willing to pass on what I have discovered.
I have taught beginners how to hold the sticks and play simple grooves, as well as shown seasoned veterans how to strengthen their foundation and overcome roadblocks to mastery.
I encourage my students to develop a solid foundation of technical skills (grip, body mechanics, reading, time, rudiments, styles/grooves) while finding their own voice on the instrument. Musical performance is a deeply personal experience, and I hope to guide you towards whatever goals you have in mind.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I am pleased to be joining the ranks as an accompanist for the prestigious Mark Morris Dance Group here in Brooklyn, NY. I am currently accompanying Afro Haitian, West African, creative movement and interdisciplinary dance classes for both children and adults.+ Read More
A core member of the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, I worked with Sekou and Marilyn Sylla, accompanying the West African dance programs at UMass, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke colleges.
I love playing music with Mike. I asked him to accompany me and/or create parts for my original songs and the experience was fantastic. I only wish I lived closer to him now! He is a great, sensitive and creative drummer, adding depth and excitement to the music he plays. He's also passionate about his art; always working on new and exciting projects and creating musical community. I should also mention that he's a funny, caring, relaxed and upbeat guy to be around- I have no doubt that his motivation and ethic as a musician carry over into his teaching. Highly recommended!+ Read More
As the drummer in my funk band, Middle Blue, Mike provides both an airtight rhythmic foundation and a sense of adventure. In other words, the beat is always concrete, but never *too* straight. He's always doing something interesting or mysterious with it. Also, he's full of surprises. Just the other day, he threw a rhythmic idea at me that I hadn't heard from him, and we've been playing together for over a year. If I were a drummer, I'd be excited to take lessons with Mike.+ Read More