Tom Starr

Tom Starr

5.0 (3)
1 hire on
1 employee
39 years in business

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Pro teacher/ performer w/ 25+ years experience. Are you someone that wants to learn and excel at drums? You can start from the beginning or build your acquired skills. Lessons are tailored to your needs. Private lessons at affordable rates. Learn how to figure out those drum grooves or solo's you want to play. I'll show you how to crack the code and realize your potential. Reply to this e-mail about available lesson times and reasonable rates. References available by request.

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For over 20 years I've helped students of all ages set musical goals and go far beyond them. Any style of drumming. I've helped enthusiastic, aspiring drummers succeed in their musical endeavors. Age does not matter. Only a willingness to learn is needed. I bring my working experience of playing concerts, recording sessions and live gigs and help you prepare for your musical journey playing the drums.

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Novi, MI 48374
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3 Reviews


  • Steve Sawyer

    We've only had three lessons so far, but Tom displays not only the professionalism of a professional musician, but also that of a music educator. Patient, explains things very well. Moves at a pace that is appropriate to the individual student - just fast enough that you have to push a bit to keep up with the weekly assignments.

  • Karen Tharp

    Tom is well versed in all styles of playing. He is able to explain concepts clearly and design a program to fit my abilities and goals. He is a knowledgeable teacher who is always positive and encouraging. I highly recommend Tom to anyone who wants to learn/improve their drumming!

  • Marty Podvoll

    When it comes to drum instructors in the metro-Detroit area, Tom Starr is definitely one of the best in the business. I have been taking lessons with him for about seven years, and thanks to him I have become quite an intermediate/advanced drummer. Under his instruction, I made my high school's drumline, I have been to both district and state solo and ensemble festival receiving 1st divisions each time, I am one of the drummers in my high school's award winning jazz ensemble, and am part of a gigging jazz quintet with some fellow classmates. Mr. Starr is great at teaching several styles of drumming, as he has taught me snare/symphonic drumming as well as rock/jazz/funk styles on the drum set. He is also quite well known all around town, as he has taught several other advanced drummers I know personally, and he comes highly recommended by my band director, Michael Rumbell, who is the best high school band director in the state of Michigan. No matter how advanced a drummer you are, I could not recommend Tom Starr more and I promise you will not be disappointed with his instruction.

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