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.
Born in 1976, 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.
Mike has also studied with former Rheostatics drummer and veteran drum teacher Dave Clark and ace session drummer Rick Gratton.
He has also released several recordings on labels such as Spool, Bug Incision and Arachnadiscs, the most recent of which are featured on his bandcamp page: https://mikegennaro.bandcamp.com.
Mike has performed throughout North America and Europe and has received support form the Canada Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council both for study and touring projects.
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. 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monody_(album)
His current band, The Soundtastics play 60′s, 70′s and 80′s pop hits, with an affinity for obscure AM rock and soul. Mike is also in the midst of recording a solo album, which will feature songs he wrote for the Shrimp Magnet Theatre Company’s original production The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do.www.soundcloud.com/soundtastics
The experience of working with the Toronto District School Board and the Government of Ontario has given Mike a strong sense of diplomacy, as his ability to adapt to multicultural and multilingual work environments has enabled him to thrive in such diverse settings. Being a father of two young children has also proven that patience is indeed a virtue, while reminding him of the magic of childhood.