Geoff Kinde, Drum Instructor

Geoff Kinde, Drum Instructor

5.0 (4)
1 hire on
1 employee
31 years in business

About this pro

I Have a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University and studied privately with Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet) and Sam Tundo (Detroit Symphony Orchestra). You'll get the best instruction from a qualified professional.

I'm a drum nut. I've been playing and learning as much as I can about drums and percussion since 1979. It gives me great pleasure to pass along my 39+ years of experience.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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4 Reviews


  • Nancy Harrington

    He was friendly, listened to my concerns, and knew the instruments.

  • Nancy Harrington

  • Garrett H

    Very fun and easy to work with! He helped improve my reading a lot over the course of a week.

  • Carrie Adams.

    Geoff was great with our son! Chris started when he was 6 and took lessons from Geoff for 6 or 7 years. He learned so much from Geoff and, thanks to all he learned, as a freshman he played drum kit for the Edsel Ford marching thunderbirds for their classically modern show and earned many first places in the percussion category! We have recommended him to many and, if you're reading this, would highly recommend him for you or your child as well!!

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

Typically on a first lesson, I'll ask about their musical background and what they want from me as an instructor. Then, I'll ask them to play something that best represents their abilities. From there, we'll try some different things to find a starting point.

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

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University. I've also studied privately with Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet), Jerry McKenzie (Stan Kenton Big Band), Sam Tundo (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), as well as several of Detroit's top percussionists.

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

There are options for half-hour, 1 hour, weekly and bi-weekly lessons. Rates are $35/half-hour at Oz's Music in Ann Arbor. House calls are $40/half-hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching privately in 1989 at Royal Music in Royal Oak. In 2012, Berkley High School hired me for bandcamp and sectionals. When they started getting 1's at festivals, the phone rang with offers from other band directors.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students of all ages, styles and levels... from beginners to students earning college credits. For a while, I was getting a lot of kids with autism because their therapists thought it would help. They were some of my best students!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should think about what their needs are. Since it's not a classroom, they have control over the direction, content and pace of the lessons. If they don't know what they want, I can create a program based on their interests.