MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)
MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)

MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)

Offers remote services
Discounts available
Offers remote services
Discounts available
$40/hour
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Introduction: ***IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: I am located in the metropolitan Detroit area. I am presently only available for online (remote) lessons; with a very good online set up (tripods, Ethernet connection, cameras, etc). If you are more interested with in-person lessons, please feel free to still reach out; as we can exchange contacts, for a time when it is much safer health wise, to have in person instruction. 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 and The Disc. 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 also 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 Academic Affairs at Guitar Center; 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. I also have two full drum kits, set up in my teaching/rehearsal space; which has proven to be an exceptional teaching tool. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
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Hired 31 times

Serves Sterling Heights, MI

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Maureen N.
2 weeks ago
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My 14 yo grandson started lessons with Michael about 2 months ago. Being able to do it over video is so convenient and he has learned so much. He always feels so confident after the lesson! I would highly recommend Michael!

Details: 14 - 17 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Understands note durations and rests • Can read sheet music • Traditional drum kit • Jazz • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Dennis S.
2 weeks ago
Michael is a very engaged and thoughtful drum instructor. He has been providing drum lessons remotely, and they have been great. Michael has been working with our grandson for about 4 months, and the improvement in his drumming has been dramatic. Michael is an excellent communicator, and he takes time to make sure the lesson schedule is clearly communicated, and then follows up with detailed practice plans after each session. I strongly recommend Michael for drummers of any age or ability that are interested in honing their skills.
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Len P.
Feb 23, 2022
Michael does a great job with my grandson Kendrick who has just started drum lessons recently. He is patient and affirming.
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Renee R.
Feb 23, 2022
Michael is amazing! I first contacted Michael in October 2021 about drum lessons for my 10-year old son. I had a MILLION questions. I was very apprehensive about online lessons and hiring someone I had never met. Plus, my son has anxiety. Michael was so patient and kind. He was available for questions anytime and never made me feel like I was a burden. There was also no pressure. He answered all of my questions and assured me that his online lessons were on point. He was so right! We started lessons the first week of January and my son loves it! He is learning so much. He looks forward to it every week. He is eager to practice without any prompting from me and excited to show Michael his progress each week. It is awesome to watch them interact. Michael is so fun, encouraging and positive with each lesson. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for drum lessons. :)
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Claudia M.
Dec 7, 2021
Michael does such a great job! I was not sure about remote lessons for a musical instrument, but Michael makes it work! My son loves playing the drums, he's learning and applying what he learns in his lessons, and he makes progress with every lesson. We are pleased with his progress, and we would definitely recommend Michael as an instructor!
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Michael Thompson

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My rates are as follows: $30 (per half hour lesson), $35 (per 45 minute lesson), $40 (per hour lesson). I can provide discounts for those willing to pre-pay, in four or eight lesson packages.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I would typically start by inquiring about the students goals, musical interests, and scheduling preferences. I would then structure a lesson plan, based on those goals and preferences. I provide practice notes, after every lesson; to track the lesson plan and progress.

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

    I took private instruction for many years, 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 Academic Affairs at Guitar Center; and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

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