Mike Arturi | Music

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Mike Arturi | Music


From his unique vantage point on thousands of stages as a lifelong professional drummer Mike has witnessed the power of rhythm and its ability to connect with hearts and souls. Mike shares the power of rhythm through hand drums and Drum Circles to spark learning and create a sense of community with all who participate. Drum Circles are a fascinating and powerful learning tool as they are capable of producing unlimited outcomes such as self-control, empathy, self-realization, increased confidence, teamwork and much more while technically requiring only a willingness to participate.

Mike Arturi is a lifelong professional drummer, educator and entrepreneur. Mike is currently drumming with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame band The Lovin’ Spoonful and has toured with over a dozen national and world acclaimed artists. Additionally he is the Executive Director and Founder of Universal Music Center, a non-profit music school located in Red Wing MN. Mike is also a national artist for the John F. Kennedy Center Turnaround Arts program and works extensively with underserved populations, at risk youth, juvenile offenders and County and State penal system inmates.

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Mike has been a great partner and supporter of Turnaround Arts Schools. Every school that has worked with him as a residency artist wants him to come back. He has experience working with a diverse range of young people, and does well in many different settings. In addition to being a music educator, he really understands the social and emotional learning that is supported by the arts. He helps kids shine when he works with them.
— Alina Campana, Program Director at Turnaround Arts

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs


Spark to Learning: Drum Circle

Participants share in a traditional Drum Circle experience. The presentation is however, customized to address any desired outcome. The selected area of focus is addressed through facilitation techniques and Drum Circle ‘games’ that are designed to produce specific results.

Mike begins by showing how to play the two basic tones of ‘low and high’ on the drum along with the basic hand pattern of alternating right and left. This is followed by an introduction to the ‘START & STOP’, ‘I PLAY - YOU PLAY’ (call and response), ‘RUMBLE’ (drum roll) and some basic hand directions Mike as the facilitator, uses to keep the groove going: (‘loud to soft’ volume control and a signal to ‘keep playing’ used in layering rhythm exercises). These simple techniques are a Spark to Learning as participants express themselves, play together, support each other in various rhythm games and realize success in learning and a sense of accomplishment all while “having fun with the drum!”


Complete Concert Creation

Complete Concert Creation is a course designed to give participants insight into the commerce of music. The natural interest people have in music is a common connection for all as the history of Rock and Roll and live performance is traced through a video series. Four key elements of the live concert industry are studied: Artists, Production, Marketing and Hospitality. The course culminates in a live show staged, produced, marketed, hosted by and - starring the course participants. The course’s video presentation can be modified to include Hip-Hop and Rap by request.



Learn Music Learn Life

The presentation starts with Mike playing drum set along with a prerecorded track of a Frank Zappa instrumental called ‘Peaches en Regalia’. This song literally changed Mike's life in his late teens. Following the drumming, he shares his journey through music, the life changing events ‘Peaches en Regalia’ put into motion and, how motivated by the desire to play drums, he gained life skills that guided him through a lifelong and continuing career in music. Audience participation and question and answer segments are a feature throughout the presentation.

Learn Music Learn Life is a stand-alone 30 -45min presentation designed to illustrate how pursuing a personal area of interest can lead to a lifelong career.