Mike Marcinowski

Mike M.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Understanding what to play in a performance situation is as important as knowing the mechanics of how to do it. As drummers, our roles can easily be regulated to only 'keeping time.' While this is certainly important, I strive to have my students understand how to play songs, rather than just beats. This is developed through listening exercises, transcription and improvisation. I am a big proponent of improvisation as a means of personal expression, and look forward to helping you develop your own unique sound on the instrument.
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Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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Oct 2016 - Present
Mark Morris Dance Group

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.

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Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Bamidele Dancers and Drummers

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.


Jazz Improvisation
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
School for Improvised Music Summer Intensive
BA - Ethnomusicology - West African Diasporic Music
Sep 2006 - Jun 2009
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Associates Degree - Classical Percussion Performance
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006
Holyoke Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Resort Restored by Tim Haufe, from the upcoming Barn Sessions live EP
Performing a duo with Julia Read at Pels Pie in Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn.

Backing up Pete Lanctot at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn.

Practicing at the studio.

Teaching students in Narrowsburg, NY

A beautiful stage setup for my violin and drum duo READ at the Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, VT. A magical place indeed.

Backing up Erin Markey in the new musical "A Ride on the Irish Cream." So much fun!

My jazz kit.

Backing up Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir at Joe's Pub, NYC.
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2 Reviews

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Julia Oct 4, 2017
Percussion · In studio

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!

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Brad Farberman Sep 28, 2017
Music Performance ·

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.

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