Michael R.

Michael R.

1 Review
Kansas City, KS


Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

About Michael R.

Background Check: Last verified 06/29/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


My name is Michael. I have been playing drums/percussion for almost 11 years and the guitar for about 6. Along with my skills as a drummer and guitarist, I am also very knowledgeable about music theory and music in general.

As a drummer/percussionist, I can play a variety of instruments including, but not limited to; drum set, snare drum, bass drum, timpani, vibraphone, congas, bongos, etc. I am also very skilled in many different drum set styles such as rock, blues, country, jazz/swing, latin, reggae, and many others. If I had to label what kind of drummer I am, I would have to say that I'm a rock/blues type. I highly enjoy jamming along to bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Neil Young, and all sorts of old school tunes!

Though my guitar playing is not as good as my drumming, I am a very skilled rhythm guitar player. What I mean by that is that I can do all sorts of chords and know a variety of different strumming/picking patterns. I like to apply my knowledge of music theory to my guitar playing to come up with different chord progressions and little solos based upon which scale to use for what chord.

All in all, I'm just a simple guy that enjoys playing and listening to music. Nothing brings me more joy than to help those who want to learn how to play along with their favorite songs. I believe that out of everything you can learn from in this world full of knowledge, music is the only one with a lot to learn, but is still fun to be involved in. After nearly 11 years of being a musician, I still have a lot to learn and am constantly improving every day!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am not a strict teacher at all. I feel that learning music should be a fun and exciting! That being said, students can expect a more relaxed, patient, and stress free learning experience. Though I am laid back and patient, I am very thorough and feel that the fundamentals should not be skipped or over looked. I will teach everything that there is to know when becoming a drummer. That includes rudiments, tempo, technique, various genres and styles, etc.

My main goal is to help my students become musicians, not just a drummer or a percussionist. Of course, we will be learning drums/percussion the majority of the time, but I also want my students to understand music. Even though drummers don't particularly use key signatures, chord progressions, and scales (unless you're a xylophone or such player), I still find them all to be very important no matter what instrument you play. Not only will my students learn how to play the drums, they will also learn how to read music, learn key and time signatures, chord progressions, and all of the 'must knows' of music theory.

I find that listening to music is also a very efficient way to practice. I would like to start and finish most of my lessons with a song. I might also come up with a list of songs for my student to learn. Being musicians, it just makes sense to spend a lot of time listening to music and learning how other musicians play.

For my guitar students, I like to take the same sort of approach. I want them to understand the music, not just the shapes of the chords and the patterns to the scales. To understand what notes that chord consists of and how the scale is written out. I feel that learning the chords to songs is the most important step to mastering those songs. I can also help the student to not only read sheet music, but guitar tab as well.

The most important thing to remember is that learning an instrument should be a fun experience, and I intend to keep it that way!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will admit that my home studio does need some work. I do have an electric drum kit and an acoustic guitar, along with a bunch of books and random bits of sheet music from my learning days as a musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Pretty much the same as my studio equipment. The electric drum kit and acoustic guitar is very easy to take along with me wherever I go.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Funk, and RnB drumming styles as well as folk, country, and rock n' roll rhythm guitar styles.

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Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thomsons drum lessons My son Thomson LOVED drum lessons with Michael. We are sorry to be leaving Kansas City and unable to continue with him. He taught Thomson how to play some of his favorite songs, and inspired him to learn about other types of music as well. Because Michael can also play the guitar, they were able to jam together which Thomson loved. He progressed very quickly because he had such a good time. He said that Michael was very patient and nice, and made him feel confident about his playing. We really hope that when we are back in town next summer that Michael will be available to teach again. We'd give him 10 stars if we could! July 15, 2012