Influences: Buddy Rich, Buster Bailey, Jon Fishman, Chad Smith, Danny Seraphine, Carter Beauford, Joe Morello, John Bonham, Mike Portnoy, Peter Erskine
I started playing drums at age 11. My father played trombone in the NY Philharmonic, so I was fortunate to study with the renowned Elden "Buster" Bailey. I learned many valuable things through the years. Besides learning how to read music, I also learned correct technique and how to listen and play with others. As time went by, I developed a passion for many styles of music and drumming. Some of these include rock, jazz, funk, metal, drum corp and bluegrass. I think it is important to be well rounded as a musician. Many people play and listen to only one style of music. My approach to teaching is to give each student a strong foundation. While teaching many styles I like to concentrate on each students musical preference. I believe it is important for the student to enjoy playing his or her favorite music. I am a very patient teacher and have had a fair amount of experience with autistic students. I believe everyone can learn, and no one should be excluded because of his or her disability. I make learning fun and enjoyable.
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult
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- I first started teaching when I was in high school. Our marching band was in need of drummers, so I taught some classmates for $3 an hour! After attending Juilliard I got some work teaching at a couple of local music stores. I got a lot of experience teaching many people of all ages. I taught at the music stores for many years before going out on my own. I have been teaching for 25 years and really enjoy it. Many of my students have made All-County Band. Still others prefer to play on their own and form rock and jazz bands. [1987 - 2014]
- Elden Buster Bailey [1976 - 1984]
- Roland Kohloff [1983 - 1984]
- Joe Garry [1982 - 1984]
Student Reviews for Mitch
(5.0 out of 5 stars)
Excellent Drum Instructor - January 18, 2016
By Keith S, Drums Lessons
At age 47, I'm finally pursuing my dream of playing the drums. My first experience with a drum instructor was not good.....the instructor was disorganized and unprofessional. I dropped him after a couple months and tried Mitch. Been with Mitch now for over a year. He's organized, articulate, strategic, patient and encouraging. I think many music intructors are great musicians but not great teachers. Mitch is both. I'm from the corporate world and am used to high quality instructors. Mitch could easily excel as an instructor on any subject he is familiar with because he is a gifted, natural teacher.