Private Lessons Teacher

Kelly Mickelson


Drum Set, Percussion



Studio Hours:

  • Su
  • M
  • Tu
  • W
  • Th
  • F
  • Sa

Session Rate:

$ 40.00 per 30-minute session


I began playing the drums about 4th grade, and keyboard percussion in my senior year. During my undergraduate studies University of Mary (Bismarck, ND), I refined my drumset skills and also studied jazz theory on vibes and marimba, and was mentioned in Downbeat Magazine/Soloist to Watch page after being recognized at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago. During my graduate studies at Indiana University of PA (Indiana, PA) I competed at the national level on classical marimba for MTNA (Music Teachers Association)competition. I taught private lessons in my spare time during my college years, then performed on drumset and vibes, while also teaching conversational English and Music Appreciation in Tokyo, Japan for 5 years. Since I returned to the US and lived in Minneapolis, I have drumming experience playing Soul, Jazz, Funk, Electric Blues-Rock and Ethnic music groups (most notably playing both drums and vibes with organ legend Billy Holoman), and have performed at the Blue Nile, Fine Line, Sophias, Champs, Black Dawg, International Market Square, Red Sea, Minnesota Zoo and outside of Orchestra Hall for the Hot Summer Jazz Festival as a group leader.

I believe first and foremost that playing music provides a healthy opportunity for expression in people of all ages, and it is rewarding to help others to reach their own music goals, and often discover new ways to be involved in music!

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