Michael Zell - Drums And Percussion Lessons

Michael Zell - Drums And Percussion Lessons

5.0 (5)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I'm a professional freelance percussionist in the Boston area. I'm also a doctoral student in music performance at Boston University. My specialities are all facets of classical percussion as well as drum set. What makes me unique is my dual background that combines the drum set with classical percussion. I can say with certainty that my experience on one has certainly expanded and improved my abilities on the other. I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of music with you!

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Boston, MA 02131
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5 Reviews


  • Erin O.

    It was difficult to find a drum teacher with enough cool factor AND patience to please my picky 6 year old who wanted to learn to rock the drums like Ringo Star. Mike strikes a great balance between making the lesson fun and solidly teaching music fundamentals.

  • Christine W.

    Mike is a great teacher with a very interesting musical background. My young teenager enjoyed working with him and learned a lot. Mike was open to what we were looking for (a year of lessons before a move to a new city where my kid wanted to play percussion in the school band), was patient when my kid's anxiety issues flared up, and was easy to communicate with as a parent. I think he would also be very good for more advanced players and I recommend him for any level of percussion.

  • Ziwen Y.

    This is Lee and I’ve spent two semesters with Mike to continue with my drum set lesson. Mike is a very easygoing and professional teacher in percussion, and I enjoyed a lot to learn with him. Since I had a intense schedule in my own major, I could not guarantee my practice time length on my own, but Mike still tried to cover as much as possible and thought me a lot in percussion. I would recommend to study with Mike no mater what level you are in percussion. He is patient and accommodating.

  • Levon N.

    I started taking lessons with Michael to improve my speed, technique and creativity as a drummer. He helped me get better in all of these areas by stressing the importance of rudiments and carefully coaching me through playing some of my favorite songs. Michael is funny, engaging and his experience as a great drummer and student of percussion makes him a great teacher.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start by talking to my students about their interests and goals. I like to familiarize myself with the styles of music and artists that they are interested in. I come up with a lesson plan with my student that incorporates the amount of time that they are willing to devote to their lessons. This way, both of us know what to expect each week, and the student will get the most out of their lesson time with me.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a Master's degree in music performance from Yale University where I studied with marimbist and pedagogue Robert van Sice. I'm currently finishing my doctorate at Boston University, where I'm also a private instructor to non-major undergraduates. I perform with various groups around Boston as a drummer and classical percussionist.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I teach both classical percussion and drum set, so my prices are generally in-between what someone would charge for these individual disciplines. Here are my prices:

1 hour lesson - $60

45-minute lesson - $50

30-minute lesson - $40

For young students and beginners, I recommend 30-minute lessons.