Lessons & Testimonials

I am a dedicated teacher who plans his lessons individually for each student, based on their current level, needs, and interests. My emphasis is on making practicing fun while keeping the lessons challenging. The content of my lessons includes technique (efficiency of movement, injury prevention), creativity (cultivating one’s own ideas, grooves, fills), as well as developing independence (coordination) and soloing. I am proficient in many styles of music, including Funk, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Pop, R’n’B, Soul, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, other Caribbean and Latin styles, and others. I have a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles, as well as a Diploma from my 2 years of study at the Drummers Collective in New York City. I have been a drummer for 17 years, playing in several original and cover bands of various styles in New York City and in Germany. I am currently an active musician in LA, playing live, recording in the studio and sharing my knowledge with students of all ages and levels. 

Please take a look at some of my students’ testimonials below.

If you are interested in taking lessons with me, please send me a message by filling out the contact form. I offer one-on-one lessons (either in person or via video chat), group lessons or workshops. I accept students of any level and age.

“I’m having a great learning experience with Michael. He’s reliable, flexible, patient, and explains things clearly. He goes the extra mile with follow-up and sources too. Highly recommended.”
– Scott A.

“Michael is great. He’s teaching me things that I would have never known otherwise and they really help me progress with my drumming dramatically. So far, he’s been able to answer any question and quickly address any concern I had. He’s a drummer’s drummer and it really shows in his teaching. Very happy with him.”
– Hanno B.

“He is always prepared and on time.  Michael is very knowledgeable and able to explain concepts in various ways.  He understands, that as an adult, I may not always have the time to practice so he goes at a pace that works for me.  Very professional.”
– Adriana G.

“Very helpful and good at getting back to me!”
– Eleanor N.

“Michael is very easy going, he listens to you, he is very patient and works with you at your own pace to be help you but also challenges you to keep you moving forward all the while keeping it fun and enjoyable!”
– Andrea L.

“My 14 year old daughter just loves this instructor!!  He’s awesome!!”
– Jamie T.

“Michael has a very straight forward approach to teaching. Whether it was answering a technique question or developing new ways to manuever around the set, each lesson consisted of my thoroughly learning new information in a practical and very efficient manner. Being a percussionist myself, we naturally have good rapport with the language we communicate with. Michael’s way of personal interaction alongside his instrument is certainly one of the best forays into any practice and study of music, for those just starting or already proficient.”
– Kelly F.