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Michael M. - Drums Teacher

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$55per hour

Drum Instructor

Michael's lessons:

Drums

Drums Lessons

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Int
Adv

Overview

I am a freelance drummer/percussionist/pianist who has performed with artists such as Blue Man Group, Monobloco, and Sheila E. I have had the privilege of performing at events such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and Brazilian Carnaval at Club Nokia. I also teach private lessons at School of Rock, Tustin. I graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music with a degree in Percussion Performance, where I studied classical, jazz, and world music. I currently record and perform with multiple groups in the LA and OC areas.

Teaching Philosophy

My goal in teaching is to share my passion for music while having fun! I want to inspire students to enjoy music and appreciate it the same way I do. I aim to put a smile on their face as they progress each lesson. I help my students come up with goals and I customize every lesson so they are successful in accomplishing them. I put in the effort to not only teach them every aspect of an instrument, but to have a good time while doing it.

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

I have lots of experience teaching kids. I currently teach part-time at School of Rock Tustin, where I teach kids ages 9-17. However, I’ve taught kids as young as 5 before. I really enjoy teaching kids because I love how new everything is to them. The world of music is a new concept, and I love exploring it with them and figuring out what kind of music and bands they like. I also love seeing their face light up when they learn something new. They may struggle with it for a while, but it’s a beautiful moment when that light bulb goes on and everything they were working on just clicks.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

For adults, my lessons don’t differ too much, but it’s all about whatever your goals are. I tend to explain concepts a little more in-depth, but I really make sure I’m focusing on what you WANT to learn. If you want to take your playing to the next level and be a professional, I can cater the lessons to that, and really focus on technique, sight-reading and advanced concepts. But if you just want to start a Classic Rock band with your friends, then we can just focus on learning songs. Again, it’s up to you.

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Why are you a music teacher?

Why am I a music teacher? Because I love teaching music! That sounds like a common answer, but I really do. I’ve had a huge passion for music since I was a kid, and I want to share that passion with others. Whether you’re a parent who wants their kid to learn something new, an adult who’s stuck at the same level and not progressing, or you’re an adult who just wants an outlet from their day job, I want to help you achieve your goals. I feel I can explain music terms in easy to digest ways so you don’t get overloaded. There’s a lot to understand with music, but I can help brake it down and make it fun and simple.

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Why should I choose you as my teacher?

Why am I a music teacher? Because I love teaching music! That sounds like a common answer, but I really do. I’ve had a huge passion for music since I was a kid, and I want to share that passion with others. Whether you’re a parent who wants their kid to learn something new, an adult who’s stuck at the same level and not progressing, or you’re an adult who just wants an outlet from their day job, I want to help you achieve your goals. I feel I can explain music terms in easy to digest ways so you don’t get overloaded. There’s a lot to understand with music, but I can help brake it down and make it fun and simple.

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What do you do during the first lesson?

My first lesson is more of getting to know you, and you getting to know me. I want to see what level your playing is at, but I also want to make sure you are comfortable with me, whether in my studio or your house. After assessing your playing level, and what goals in music you want to achieve, we can jump right into exercises or songs that fit accordingly. Most students are playing along to a song by the end of their first lesson!

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Percussion Performance

- Cal State Long Beach

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Long Beach, CA
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