Mickey has been playing drums for most of her life.
She’s a very experienced player and teacher, and she has terrific credentials–including a stint at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Mickey has studied with an impressive array of teachers including Dean Johnston (Boston’s legendary groove-meister and educator), Kenwood Dennard (Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius), and Sergio Bellotti (Berklee College of Music) among others.
Mickey attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where she studied creative writing and music therapy, and spent time at Berklee College of Music where she studied drum-set performance.
Mickey has been very active in the northeast music scene,
playing with a wide variety of bands and singer-songwriters. She is currently writing and recording with ANMLPLNET, an improv-based duo she formed with Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust in Brooklyn, NY. She previously played drums for the Boston-based Licious, a 4-piece rock band out of Berklee that incorporated elements of hip hop, country, blues, and jazz into their ambient, mood-drenched songs. She also plays with shoe gaze veterans Plumerai, with whom she has recorded two albums and toured the country several times.
Her drumming style is a blend of rock n’ roll attitude, old-school jazz aesthetics, John Bonham pocket, and abstract improvisation.
She is especially interested in exploring how the drums can function not only as a vehicle for rhythm but also as a melodic instrument, and incorporates this into her playing in all contexts.
As a teacher, Mickey is sensitive, creative, encouraging and knowledgeable.
She works with each student on achieving their individual drumming and musical goals and she can frequently be heard playing her electric guitar in lessons (yes, she can play guitar!) so that she and her students can jam.
Study with her while you can. Some superstar is going to take her on tour and then you’ll have missed your chance.