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Mike Michalkow has been performing, recording and teaching drums for over 20 years. His storied career has him brushing shoulders with some of the most recognized performers in the industry.
Mike hails from Vancouver, BC Canada and would be considered by most as a late bloomer who didn't start playing the drums until he was 17. Under the direction of Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies), Mike quickly achieved more than many of his counterparts and soon began his performance career.
Focusing early on hard rock, punk, blues and pop music, Mike soon discovered a whole new world listening to some of the great drummers of our time such as Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Stewart Copeland, Alex Acuna, Dave Weckl, and Terry Bozzio. As a result, Mike's technique improved greatly and he began to see the potential of his talents. Mike reached a watershed of sorts when he heard his first Jack DeJohnette album and began to take drumming more seriously than ever before. He applied for and was accepted into Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta where he majored in Latin and Jazz and graduated at the top of his class.
During the summer of 1993, Mike spent his time in New York City where he took private lessons on the drumset and conga at the "Drummers Collective". During the evenings he hung out at local jazz clubs where he could learn and see many of his favorite artists perform, such as: Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Max Roach , Tony Williams and many other greats.
After graduating from Music College in 1994, Mike relocated to Vancouver Canada to jump start his music career. After a few years playing in various original and cover bands, he decided he needed a change and in 1997 was hired by a popular cruise lines as the Orchestra Drummer.
After his gig with the cruise line, Mike returned home, eager to hone his craft even more. He began taking lessons from John Fisher, Jim Chapin, Chuck Silverman, Peter Magadini, Virgil Donati and Dom Famularo and soon realized that music wasn't only to be his career, but a way of life.
Mike's passion for drums and percussion has earned him a name in the business and his summers consist of heading the drum department for the West Coast in the USA for the "National Guitar Workshop" which he has been doing since the year 2000.
As well as keeping a busy teaching and performance schedule, Mike spends many of his days and nights in the recording studio with song writers and bands with styles ranging from Progressive Rock, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Folk, Celtic, Country, Metal, and R&B.
While at home in Canada he records and performs with Symphony in Demeanor, "R30 – RUSH Tribute", and The Brent Ellis Group, as well as various other freelance projects. Symphony in Demeanor's first album released in the fall of 2005 won "Best Album Award" for the IOMA Online music awards with over 15,000 votes on hand.
He has also performed at the "Vancouver International Drum Festival" in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 by invitation of Yamaha Drums and shared the stage with drummers such as Dom Famularo, Chad Smith, John "JR" Robinson, Virgil Donati, Cindy Blackman, Kirk Covington, Robby Ameen, Matt Frenette and Mitch Dorge.
He currently plays and endorses Yamaha Drums, Paiste cymbals, Pro-Mark drum sticks, Hansenfutz accessory pedals, & LP Percussion. He is also a clinician for Yamaha Drums on the full acoustic & electronic line.
In June of 2006, Mike's first Instructional DVD "The Moeller Method Secrets" was released worldwide by Railroad Media.
Mike's follow up to his first DVD were 2 huge training packs (DVD, Books and Play-along CD's) by Railroad Media entitled "The Jazz Drumming System" and "The Latin Drumming System" which feature "Jody Fisher"–master guitarist, "Baba Elefante" on Bass, and "Tilden Webb" on Piano. In 2009 Mike launched his biggest DVD project to date: "The Drumming System". And in 2013, after selling over 12,000 copies worldwide, the Drumming System was rebuilt from the ground up with new content, graphics, and video technology for the new and improved Drumming System 2.0.
Mike's goal as an outgoing performer and enthusiastic teacher is to excite and motivate people about drums and music. This has been proven time and time again in everything Mike is involved with.
I am so impressed with Mike as not only a player, but also as a teacher. I respect both talents immensely. As a player he wants to continue to learn and as a teacher he wants to continue to share. I have seen Mike in both situations and believe he has captured great values to pass on for our drumming community. Mike, keep the spirit going!
Dom Famularo - World Renowned Drumming Ambassador and Advocate of the Moeller Method
Mike Michalkow is a great musician who understands the needs of today's drummers. His teaching and performance techniques are innovative and inspiring. He is a true professional.
John "JR" Robinson - The Most Recorded Drummer In the World!
It's been a pleasure being able to share our love for drumming and music together. As a drummer and percussionist, I've enjoyed Mike's playing ever since we met. As a teacher, comments from his students and hearing them perform tells me that Mike definitely knows the how and what of teaching.
Chuck Silverman - World Renowned Drum Instructor and Modern Drummer Best Selling Author
Mike Michalkow: A fine drummer - a well respected teacher.
World Renowned Drum Educator and Author
Mike has made the trek to where most drummers wish to be, always riding the peak! He has pushed himself, with humility, to contribute a level of greatness to our drumming community. I beam when he says to me that I've contributed something to his learning.
Mitch Dorge - Crash Test Dummies
Letter from Mike Michalkow
Updated on June 4th, 2013
It's true. The Drumming System is packed with step-by-step drum lessons that have been proven effective with students of all ages and skill levels. It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner or already have some experience under your belt - these drum lessons will absolutely work for you.
In fact, I've spent the last 20 years teaching these fun techniques and concepts to literally thousands of people, just like you, in both private drum lessons and live clinics across North America. It's always exciting to see so many people improving their drumming abilities!
I am 100% confident that this system simply works, so I'm not going to bother "selling" it to you with a cheesy pitch.
Music is a passion that must come from within, so it's not up to me to convince you of anything. Either you want drumming success, or you don't. Personally, I would rather share these drum lessons with students that are passionate about music - as they will ultimately achieve the most with them.
If you are ready for drumming success, this is absolutely the ideal course for you. I encourage you to browse around the rest of this website to see why the Drumming System is exactly what you need in order to fast-track your drumming progress!
P.S. - The Drumming System is backed by a solid 90-day money-back guarantee, so you have absolutely nothing to lose when you try it. I encourage you to test drive these drum lessons for a full three months. If you are unhappy for any reason, simply send the box back for a prompt and courteous refund.