Drum Lessons

Mike Marcinowski

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, World Music

Levels Taught:

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginner


Mike Marcinowski is a Brooklyn based drummer, percussionist and educator. Originally from western Massachusetts, Mike was drawn to New York because of its long and storied musical history and thriving scene. Equally at home in rock, folk and jazz realms he enjoys bringing the subtlety and nuance of free improvisation to tightly arranged pop music. His current projects include forays into alternative rock, avant-garde musical theater, radical gospel music and a solo drum/synth act called Big Ceremony.

Music has been a part of Mike's life for as long as he can remember, since growing up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with his family. He started playing percussion in elementary school and moved to the drum kit in high school where he started forming and performing in the DIY music scene. Mike has degrees in classical percussion and ethnomusicology with a focus on West African diasporic music. He has studied Malian/Guinean folkloric drumming with master drummers Karim Tounkara and Sekou Sylla, and jazz/improvisation with Bob Gullotti, Bob Weiner, Chad Taylor, Ches Smith, Gerald Cleaver and Billy Martin. He is currently studying classical piano repertoire with Aleksandra Kocheva and Haitian ceremonial music with Morgan Zwerlein.  

Mike can be found playing throughout NYC in a number of scenes, as well as accompanying world music, modern and creative movement dance classes with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has worked with students of all ages and abilities, offering guidance in technique, reading, and improvisation techniques to both drummers and non-drummers.

Ayumi Inoue

Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Electronica, Music Production, Songwriting, Recording, Mixing

Levels Taught:

Music Production: 

Logic Pro X: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Propellerhead Reason: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate


Ayumi is a self-taught musician, who started playing drums as a teenager. He quickly formed a metal band as a drummer, starting with benefit shows and eventually sharing the stage with touring bands across Long Island. As he developed as a drummer, he played with several bands and musicians to explore the different styles of indie rock and metal.

As he transferred to a new university, he was no longer able to play drums as he once had. A friend introduced him to Propellerhead Reason, a digital audio software, and he began digging deep into music production and songwriting. He picked up guitar, bass, and piano along the way and began creating a repertoire of solo works, influenced by Eastern vibes and hip hop elements.

Currently, he is part of a music production duo, Aurora Spectra, where he utilizes up-to-date softwares such as Logic Pro X and Native Instruments to create diverse works, ranging from atmospheric electronica, alternative rock and video game tunes. Aurora Spectra was given the opportunity to perform in NYC, where they mixed live and electronic elements into their performance. He recently began teaching drums, guitar, and music production to students as young as 8 to students in their 30’s.

Julian Maultsby


Areas of Work: Nassau, Queens, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Music Theory, Musical Theatre

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice: Beginning


Julian Maultsby has been playing music since he was 8 years old. He started off as a percussionist in his elementary school band. Since then he’s learned to love music through multiple genres and instruments, most notably on the guitar and bass.

Throughout high school, he was instructed on the guitar by Latin jazz artist Michelle Marie. To further his education, he attended Molloy College for his Bachelors in Music, with a concentration in classical guitar (instructed by Dan McGann and Christopher Gotzen-Berg) as well as voice (instructed by Terence Goff and Nicholas Dosman). While studying guitar and voice, he was also the drummer for the jazz ensemble, which travelled to Ireland to play at Dundalk IT in 2014.

He is a self taught bassist and is an avid performer with his band Medicine Fish. He has also performed in various musicals, both on stage and in pit bands. He is currently attending the Nassau Community College Studio Recording Technologies program to better understand the production side of music using Pro Tools.

Julian believes music, being an art form, is an essential element to everyone’s well being because at its core, it’s just pure fun. Julian believes that the more you play, the better you get; the better you get, the more you want to learn; and the more you learn, the more you want to play: a never-ending cycle that constantly brings happiness!

Ben PinNola


Areas of Work: Nassau County, Western Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, NYSSMA prep, Music Theory, Composition and Arranging

Levels Taught:

Saxophone: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Flute: Beginner, Intermediate

Clarinet: Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate


Ben Pinnola is a musician, composer, performer and music teacher from Long Island, New York. Ben is a multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly on saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion and vocals. Ben performs at music venues, restaurants and private parties all over the Long Island and New York City area. He plays in jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras and also performs solo.

Ben plays as a featured musician, all over the New York City area, at venues such as The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade NYC, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Revolution Music Hall, 89 North Music Hall and more. He plays with jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras as well as performing solo. Ben enjoys playing music of all genres.

Ben earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Five Towns College, graduating as a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society. Ben also created and performed two original arrangements with the Vocal Jazz at the seasonal concerts at Five Towns College.

Ben's latest musical endeavor is an original music band called GeoTribe, in which Ben composes and sings as well as plays piano and saxophone. GeoTribe is a jam band who's sound is influenced by rock, funk, jazz, folk and beyond. Ben also has jazz project called the Fresh Tones. The Fresh Tones have been featured live on WUSB 90.1FM. They play original compositions, as well as jazz standards. Ben grew up in a musical household, and has been playing music his whole life. He has been playing professionally with his father’s band, The Suburban Brothers Band, since the age of 15.

Ben has a deep passion for music, that he shares whether he is on stage or in a music lesson. Ben loves to teach students of all ages and skill level. Ben has taught private music lessons for over ten years on Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Drums and Voice.

Alex Mejia

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids and Adults!

Styles: Jazz, Rock, RnB, Pop, Classical, Blues, Flamenco, Ear Training, Music Theory, Songwriting/Composition

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate


Alex is a musician, composer, educator and performer from the mid-Michigan area. Having grown up in a musical family, Alex first learned to play guitar from his father until age 10 when he began studying music seriously with John Campbell(Sea-Cruisers). Alex has always had a love for all music whether that was Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, or Stephen Sondheim. In 2015, Alex graduated from Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program led by world renown musician Rodney Whitaker(Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roy Hargrove.) While at MSU, Alex had the privilege of touring and performing with Ettienne Charles, Michael Dease, Randy Napoleon, Peter Bernstein, Christian Mcbride, and Jeff Hamilton.

In 2015 Alex relocated to Portland, Oregon and began a career as an independent recording artist releasing the self-recorded Compositions on the Guitar Vol 1 & 2 in 2018 under the name A.F. Mejia. In addition to his solo career, Alex led the song-writing collective and progressive-pop group The afternooners which released a self-title EP in the summer of 2018. He continued performing jazz, rock, rnb, and pop with other groups including Mr. Vale's Math Class, Kingsley Music, Amirah, and the Jeff Chilton Duo. In 2018, Alex moved to New York and began performing with internationally known singer/songwriter NyaLi and as a founding member of the Richard Cortez Quartet. He continues to performing regularly with his band Alex Mejia's Brass Fantasy.

Alex has been teaching music since 2012 in MI, OR, and NY; He teaches students of all ages (4yrs-70yrs). With a strong focus on fundamental exercises and source material, Alex encourages students to let their interests drive lesson plans in turn leading students to have a focus in everything from Flamenco guitar to Blue-Grass to Indie-Rock to Heavy-Metal and Ragtime. Alex is a patient, understanding and focused educator that loves to share his excitement and passion for music in an educational setting. He continues to pass along keys phrases and life lessons he learned while at MSU: "Each One Teach One" and "How you do anything is how you do everything." In addition to music, Alex has interests in theater, visual art, photography, dance, yoga, film and sports!

Enjoy taking music lessons from a highly qualified instructor in the comfort of your home. 

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