Michael McSweeney

Drums, Percussion, Piano - Apprentice 2

Michael McSweeney has played piano since age 9 and percussion since age 11. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a B.M. in Music Performance as well as a B.A. in Arts Administration while studying under his professor, James Campbell. He now attends Northern Illinois University, pursuing a degree in World Music and has had additional focus in jazz. Here he has studied with many great professors including Robert Chappell (tabla), Mike Mixtacki (Latin/Afro-Cuban drumming), Rodrigo Villanueva (drum set), Liam Teague (steel pan), and more.

Michael's performance experience includes regional, national, and international opportunities; he has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Jeff Coffin, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Andy Narell, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Chris Wabich, Brad Dutz, and more, performed with the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble at PASIC two times, and has had multiple international performance and collaboration opportunities in Ghana, Trinidad, and Colombia. He currently can be heard performing with the NIU Steel Band, Middle Eastern, Gamelan, and Chinese ensembles, as well as his Irish fusion quartet and salsa band.

His teaching philosophy is centered around helping students become well-rounded musicians as well as paying close attention to the student's needs in regards to both content and method, and he heavily encourages collaboration and creativity in practice and performance. He is also available to teach lessons in English or Spanish. For more information and/or media, please visit his website by clicking on this link.