Since 2007, Mike Gennaro has been offering private drum lessons to beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Currently, his students range from ages 6 to 42 and several are beginners between the ages of 8 and 12. 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, 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.
Mike’s drumming and production work can be heard on singer/songwriter Ray Pearen’s stellar 2009 debut Everything Is Spinning. Lush three part harmonies, jangly guitars and ghostly keyboards provide the perfect backdrop for Pearen’s fresh take on the classic pop sound. www.myspace.com/raypearen
Gennaro is also featured on Mantler’s celebrated 2010 CD Monody, providing funky soul jazz drumming on the tracks Fortune Smiled Again, Childman and In Stride. www.myspace.com/mantler