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Drum Lessons in West End Toronto 

Mike Gennaro Music 



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Since 2007, Mike Gennaro has been offering private drum lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced students ages 13 and up. He loves introducing beginners to the basics of rhythm just as much teaching more advanced students their favourite songs and drum parts. Mike’s eclectic background allows him to easily expand on the fundamental role of the drums in all styles of music. By placing an emphasis on having fun and encouraging their own creativity and sense of improvisation, Mike has connected with all of his students through adapting to their individual styles of learning.

Having studied privately with veteran Toronto drum teachers Dave Clark and Rick Gratton, Mike is equally versed in jazz and rock with an affinity for pop, r&b and funk. His students thrive on Mike’s passion for teaching as well as his obvious love of music. Rather than focusing entirely on technique for it’s own sake, Mike handcrafts his exercises with the goal of placing the material in a musical context and stresses the relationship between the drums and other instruments. He patiently allows his students to grasp the material at their own pace, reassuring them that music is a joy to be experienced, not a race to be won.

I offer private lessons from Monday to Friday between 1pm - 6:30 pm at my studio located at 101 Ritchie Ave. 


One hour lessons are $60. 


There is on street parking as well as plenty of free parking in the nearby Loblaws/LCBO parking lot. Located near Bloor and Dundas, it's also a five minute walk from Dundas West subway station.


I also offer in home lessons within a reasonable distance in the evening and on weekends. Please contact me regarding availability and rates.


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“We have found the perfect drum teacher. Our 13 yr. old son has learned more in three months than I ever thought possible. But the most incredible part is he practices without being asked. To see him laugh and smile yet be fully engaged with the process is pure magic.” -Katherine, parent

“I like Mike as a drumming teacher because Mike doesn’t just teach out of a book, he teaches me songs and I really like that. It’s not boring. Mike is always fun and energetic. That’s why I think Mike is a unique and great teacher!” -Ethan, age 15

“When I sign up my kids for music lessons, the most important thing to me is that they develop a joy for playing an instrument. That’s exactly what happened for my son with Mike as a teacher. As much as my son develops his skills as a drummer, he also really enjoys his lessons and I like that Mike is creative in his approach. Mike is always ready to explore music at the pace of my child, using songs that keep my son interested and challenged, and he looks forward to every lesson.” -Julia, parent

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