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

MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)

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$40/hour
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Exceptional 5.0

(39 reviews)

This pro is an experienced and supportive music instructor, tailoring lessons to individual needs. Students praise their positive attitude, clear instructions, and responsiveness. Virtual lessons are engaging, with detailed practice plans provided after each session.

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Introduction
I am presently only available for online (remote) lessons. I am able to offer a free, intial trial lesson, so the student can see that remote lessons can be every bit as good as in person lessons; with the right set-up. And you don't have to commute on a busy schedule! I have a top notch remote set-up, including cameras on tripods, and an excellent sound interface and ethernet connection. If you are more interested with in-person lessons, please feel free to still reach out; as we can exchange contacts, as I may be available for in-person lessons, in the future. 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, The Nova Junction, Latin Bohemia, 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. Along with teaching drum lessons, I am also presently collaborating on original material, in a remote recording collective, called Electric Temple. In this endeavor, I collaborate songwrite, and record; with musicians from around the globe! 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 59 times

Serves Sterling Heights, MI

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Exceptional 5.0

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Darlene R.
Mar 10, 2024
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Great virtual setup made at home lessons a breeze. Started with fundamentals to provide the important building blocks for my 7yo to get started. Definitely recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • What the teacher recommends • What the teacher recommends • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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SILVIA P.
Feb 16, 2023
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Michael has such a wonderful personality. My 8 year old son took lessons with him. He was kind, patient and really encouraging. I would highly recommend Michael!! His “set-up” was also very impressive. Cameras were not only set up to see the drums, but also to teach notes and reading music. Thank you Michael for being so awesome!!!

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)'s reply
Thank you Silvia! It was an absolute pleasure, and I hope you and your family are doing well🙂
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Praveen P.
Nov 4, 2022
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My son has attended drums lessons with MJT for past few months and greatly enjoys his lessons. MJT is very organized and we have no issues getting the most of the virtual sessions. MJT is extremely patient and polite. He lessons has a good balance of fundamentals and keeping my son engaged. We are very happy to find MJT and would definitely recommend.

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No formal training • Can read sheet music • Traditional drum kit • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Khadija J.
Nov 1, 2022
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I am glad I found Mr. Thompson to be my drum instructor. I started to learn the drums later in life but it doesn’t feel that way when learning from him. Whatever level you may be he is intuitive in knowing what you need when you need it. I always have a good time and feel like I am progressing after each lesson. Definitely enjoying the drumming journey. One love.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • What the teacher recommends • Rock • No, but the student is planning to purchase drums and would like the teacher's advice on it • 60 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

MJTDrummer (Private Drum Instruction)'s reply
Thank you Khadija! It’s an absolute pleasure! You’re so dedicated and disciplined. And you’re doing a great job! 🙂
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Jason T.
May 6, 2024
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My son had his first lesson and he was so encouraging. My son is hooked

Details: 14 - 17 years old • No formal training • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

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