Mike Shapiro Drum Lessons

Mike Shapiro Drum Lessons

5.0 (5)
Best of 2022
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
28 years in business

About this pro

My education and 20 years of performing experience, enable me to communicate the process of learning the drums, in a clear, logical progression, no matter what your skill level may be. 

I love watching my students progress. Some have gone on to gigs with major label rock bands, others are pursuing under graduate and graduate degrees in jazz and some just want to have fun jamming with their friends. Sharing what I know and seeing it make people better musicians is a pretty cool way to spend the day.

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New York, NY 10012
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5 Reviews


  • Ellen G Garrett

  • Knowl Johnson

    Mike has all of the tangible and intangible qualities of a great music teacher. While his resume and skill as a drummer and a teacher I can only describe as "superior", Mike himself is very humble and down-to-earth. He is engaging, encouraging and incredibly patient. His innate ability to find a way through my individual idiosyncrasies and weaknesses to help me become a better drummer are remarkable. To be honest, if someone cannot improve and have fun in the process under Mike's tutelage , then maybe the drums (and fun) just aren't for them

  • Thomas Michael

    Mike is awesome and makes every lesson fun! Mike taught me so much that I went from total newbie to playing live gigs in NY.

  • Max Lewkowicz

    amazing!!!! makes learning to drum a great joy. I cannot say enough about MIke's guidance, expertise and humanity

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Everyone is different,  so I tailor my concepts to each individual student. Whether you're just starting out or you're an advanced player, we will work on the things you need, to open up your playing and get you to the next level.

The first lesson, you get to know me and I you. From there I make a "program" to enable you to reach you goals, whatever they may be.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a performace degree from The Juilliard School (drums and percussion) and 20 years of gigging experience at a high level. Now  I spend time on line checking out the latest stuff in the drum community. Staying in touch with other gigging drummers. Plus, I'm a member of the Vic Firth education team where we're constantly sharing new ideas etc.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

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Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I prepared a drummer to take an audition with a touring band and they got the gig.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Go with an experienced teacher who has been gigging at a high level.

Lessons offered

Drum Lessons Hand Drums Lessons