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

MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)

Offers remote services
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Offers remote services
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Introduction: ***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 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 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. 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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Serves Sterling Heights, MI

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Exceptional 5.0

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Devone G.

Lessons are well structured and easy to follow along with. Michael is very passionate about music and teaching. Post-lesson practice notes work well to drive the information home, while also outlining what is going to be covered in the future. I would absolutely recommend Michael for beginners and people like myself, who may be new to drums but has experience playing an instrument.
Mar 15, 2021
Vishwani D.

My 8 yr old daughter has been taking drum lessons from Michael for couple months now virtually. Shes really enjoying them and learning. Michael is very organized and has a great style of teaching. His camera setup really helps to see exactly what hes teaching and my daughter is able to follow him easily. He provides notes after each lesson and what to practice for homework as well, which really helps keep my daughter engaged while shes not in class. I wasn't sure if virtual lessons will work initially but Michael has really made it worthwhile and my daughter now loves these classes. I would highly recommend Michael for anyone thats thinking of lessons especially during the pandemic!!
MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)'s reply
Thank you for the very kind review! Saisha is doing so well🙂
Jan 20, 2021
Brian M.

Drum Lessons

Michael has done a great job working with our six year old son! He’s engaging and makes the lessons fun. Highly recommend!
Jan 1, 2021
Chris F.

Michael and I conduct our lessons via Skype. It has worked great and I'm extremely happy with how the lessons have progressed. It's been 50 years since my last drum lesson, and I really enjoy the flexibility of taking the lesson through Skype. I feel like we are in the same room. He is very knowledgeable, gives great feedback, and is just nice. I would highly recommend lessons with Michael!
Sep 17, 2020
Sam y.

Unfortunately, this review will not allow me to also click on the other 2 qualities. He is really a great teacher and a very fun guy to work with! He is a very patient instructor which is crucial for a new student. Scheduling is a breeze. He is passionate about drums and has been playing/teaching for many years now. He also plays with bands in a live setting so he brings practical experience into the lesson as well. I would recommend him to anyone who has thought about learning the drums. If you are an advanced drummer, he would provide the same level of one on one instruction as well.
Sep 10, 2020
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