5.0Exceptional(49 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


***IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: I am located in the metropolitan Detroit area. But, I am available for online (remote) lessons; with a very good online set up (tripods, cameras, etc). I am also available at my teaching space, and have two great drum sets, set up side by side; one for the student, and one for the instructor. I am also willing to commute to the student, within a certain radius, with a nominal fee (for gas and commute time). Thank you for your time and interest.

I have 25 years of experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.

I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have been blessed with many great opportunities, most notably supporting national acts, such as: The Headhunters, Melvin Seals, Mofro and Strange Folk. And, I have recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios, The Disc, and CVF Studios. More recently, I have participated in recording projects with a group called The Nova Junction, and with talented producers Dan Lesnick and Josh Ackerman. Along with teaching drum lessons, I am presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, called Electric Temple.

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I am very experienced with teaching students in a wide age range; as I have students that are 5 years of age, and students that are 60 plus years of age. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own personal instruction. The two full drum kits, set up in my teaching/rehearsal space, have proven to be an exceptional teaching tool. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.

I absolutely LOVE seeing my seeing my students make progress, and reach their musical goals.


Hired 6 times
Serves Sterling Heights , MI
Offers online services


Able to read music

Student can read sheet music, Student can read percussion notation, Student understands note durations and rests, Student can't read music

Musical styles

I can make recommendations, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Country

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Types of drums

I can provide recommendations, Traditional drum kit, Snare drum, Bass drum, Hand drums (bongo, conga, etc.)

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Student have drums

Student already has drums, Student is planning to purchase drums and would advice

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    erica L.

    My son Hunter and Waylon have been taking drum lessons from him for 7 months now. He is very patient with them and breaks down the lessons where my kids can understand. I was worried how it was going to go with zoom, but it is like he is there.
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    January 15, 2024


    Santoshi A.

    I like the way he challenges me (Akhil). I like the challenges. They frustrate me in a way so they actually make me want to play them!
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    December 29, 2023


    dennis S.

    I have learned how to ply the drum set with him for almost seven years and I have learned so much from it.
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    October 29, 2023


    alex C.

    Michael is a great drum coach/teacher. He has all the great qualities of a leader and is able to impart his wisdom to you as the student. He is responsive to special situations and flexible for scheduling. His lessons are always fun learning something new each time. He is worth every minute you spend with him and will further your drum skills to new levels.
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    May 25, 2023



    Michael has done a tremendous job with my son, Landon, by teaching him the proper techniques and fundamentals on the drum set. I appreciate Michaels ability to share his drum knowledge, offer practice notes and always offer open communication on the progress of Landon. Michael has been great to work with and is a positive influence for my son.
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    January 26, 2023


    Anita C.

    Michael is an excellent drum coach! He had taken our sins drumming skills to a new level. He helped our son land a permanent drummer gig with a band. Michael rocks!!!
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    December 26, 2022

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