Drum Lessons in West-End Toronto
Since 2007, Mike Gennaro has been offering private drum lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced students between the ages of 8 and 80! 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.
Mike Gennaro has collaborated with several highly regarded musicians including European free jazz saxophonists John Butcher and Mats Gustafsson, American avant-country guitarist Eugene Chadbourne and Toronto indie soul act Mantler and award winning blues artists Raoul and the Big Time among others. He has performed at the International Pop Overthrow, Beaches Jazz Festival and has made two appearances at the Toronto International Jazz Festival. He has also performed throughout Europe and has been playing Toronto clubs since the mid 90′s.
I offer private lessons from Monday to Friday between 1pm - 6pm at my studio located at 101 Ritchie Ave. 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 for in-home lessons.
In Studio: 45 minute lessons - $45, One hour lessons - $55
In Home: As above plus a $15-$20 travel fee
“We have found the perfect drum teacher. Our 9 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 also never grumpy and he’s always fun and energetic. That’s why I think Mike is a unique and great teacher!” -Ethan, age 12
“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