Michael Dawson


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Michael Dawson is an active NYC-based touring and session drummer, and he is managing editor for Modern Drummer Magazine, where he specializes in writing industry-leading product reviews and producing high-quality audio/video demonstrations.

Michael Dawson is managing editor for Modern Drummer, the world’s most widely read magazine for drummers, and he serves as book editor for Modern Drummer Publications, with most recent releases including Progressive Drumming Essentials by metal drummer/educator Aaron Edgar, Rhythm and Chops Builders by rudimental drumming specialist Bill Bachman, and Exercises in African-American Funk by top touring drummer Jonathan Joseph (Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Richard Bona) and University of Miami professor Steve Rucker. In the pages of MD, Dawson has authored dozens of artist features, educational columns, and product reviews.

An active performer, clinician, and session drummer throughout the northeast, Michael Dawson has a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s a senior lecturer in music journalism at the University of the Arts, and he operates the recording facility Elohino Studio out of his home in New Jersey.


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