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Popular Drum Teachers Near Utica

Sandy L.

Southfield, MI
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Scott S.

Waterford, MI
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Carol B.

Clinton Township, MI
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Sandy L. Southfield, MI

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me



Born and raised in Detroit, Sandy studied music from an early age. He obtained a bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree from Wayne State University in music education.
Sandy provides private music lessons to children and adults alike. In addition to working as a music educator in the Detroit and Southfield Public School Systems, Sandy taught music for Cranbrook Institute's Horizon Upward Bound program and night school for Mary Grove College in Detroit. Sandy once served as music director and guitarist for "The Miracles" and has performed with many top Motown Acts including Freda Payne, Martha Reeves, Sweet James and The Fantastic Four, The Originals and most of the Funk Brothers. Sandy performed or recorded with James Jamerson Jr bass guitar, Ralph Armstrong bass guitar, Marcus Bellgraves trumpet, Ernie Rogers saxophone, Dennis Coffee guitar, Ron English guitar and many more. He also recorded or performed with the late Uriel Jones drums, Richard "Pistol" Allen drums, Levi Mann organ, Rudy Robinson keyboards, Joe Hunter piano, Johnny Griffith keyboards, Maurice Davis trumpet, Lefty Edwards saxophone, Thomas "Beans" Bowles sax & flute, Earl Van Dyke keyboards and Robert White guitar known for his famous guitar line on "My Girl" by the Temptations. He also wrote the music for two songs, performed by William "Wee Gee" Howard, one of the former lead singers of the Dramatics; "You've Been A Part Of Me" and "Don't Make Me The Reason".

*** Lesson Details ***
You can expect a laid back teacher with well over 40 years of teaching and performance experience to educate you or your child/children. My lessons will be focused the following areas; Note reading - playing chords and chord progressions - learning scales - proper and useful warm-ups - learning the blues and blues progressions - speed exercises - and allowing the student to pick the songs they would like to learn to play

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in the family room which includes music stands, amp, trumpet, guitar (electric), electric keyboard and four piece drum kit..

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have his on trumpet or guitar. I will provide the music stand guitar cord and guitar amp.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz, classical, blues, rock and popular guitar and trumpet. I know and teach my students how to read and wright music. I teach students how to learn songs by ear. I teach them useful warm-ups, scales and chords. I teach them all they need to know to be a good musician.

Scott S. Waterford, MI

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Scott began his music career at Berklee College of Music in 1985 and continued his education at WMU and WSU as a Jazz Performance - Composition Major. He has studied privately with Ken Taft, Gene Butler, Mikhal Caldwell and Joe LoDuca.

As a performer Scott has been in a wide variety of bands and is a founding member of the Frank Zappa Tribute 'Ugly Radio Rebellion' and Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute 'CrossFire'. With 28 years experience as a music educator Scott has done an estimated 20,000 private lessons as well as classes, clinics, College Prep courses and is a member of The American Guild of Music. He is a versatile teacher and motivated performer and is fluent in most every style of music.

"I can teach you everything you need to know to accomplish your musical goals!!! Music should be fun and my approach is to ensure a rewarding experience for every individual student"

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be scheduled for once a week or every 2 weeks, 30 min - 45 min and 1 hr times available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: a dedicated music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitars; acoustic guitars, bass, drums... full digital recording studio and rehearsal space!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all teaching materials and personal equipment, the student needs to have their own instrument... guitar rental is available!

*** Specialties ***
I am open to any and all methods, genres and styles...

Carol B. Clinton Township, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

I have been playing drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!

I joined the school band in the 4th grade and continued learning through my senior year . School band allowed me to learn technique for a variety of percussion instruments. It also got me involved in marching band.

I my senior year I joined my first band playing locally in the Detroit area clubs. I have continued to play and perform over the years with a number of bands playing all over Michigan, Canada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I have also spent a lot of time in the recording studios with my own bands and laying down drum and vocal tracks for a number of other Detroit area musicians.

At 19, I started to teach private drum lessons. I have continued to teach over the years to students of all ages. I have also hosted several local Drum Jams / Drum recitals featuring many of my drum student.

I take pride in seeing my students grow and develop as solid confident players!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe a teacher must work with each student on an individual basis, as each student presents unique challenges. I have worked with students as young as 4 and as old as 63, male and female. I enjoy teaching beginning to advanced levels. I strive to motivate my students and encourage them to learn.

Over the years, I have played many different styles of music with all my bands. I an comfortable teaching a variety of styles including: Alternative, Rock, Metal, Funk, Country, Jazz, Classical & Marching.

I teach snare drum, drum set and hand drum djembe technique.

I work with all my students teaching technique with books. This involves basic note structure and rudiment technique.

Ear technique is also important. Playing a second drum or drum set with my students allows me to strengthen their visual and audio skills through example. I also work with CD music using songs I have picked out as well as having my student pick out songs they listen to.

Timing is also important to master. I use a metronome to work in developing timing and smoothness.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home drum studio in a partially finished and soundproof basement:: My drum studio is set up with two full sets of drums and a sound system for working with CD music, Parents are welcome to sit in on lesson - I have an area with seating

*** Travel Equipment ***
I encourage students to take lessons in my home drum studio verse going to their homes. I have more options to work with students in my home drum studio. I prefer to teach with 2 sets of drums. Students normally will not have 2 sets of drums in their home. Sharing one drum set with a student has its limits. Part of the learning process is learning by example which involves playing along with a student on a second set of drums.
When I do travel, I travel with the basic tools I need to teach. Students need to have their own sticks, drum pad and drum set (if they are wanting to learn drum set technique).

*** Specialties ***
I teach snare drum, drum set and hand drum djembe technique.

I teach all my students ear technique, basic note structure and rudimental technique.

I develop technique playing along with my students. This allows me to show them techniques through example, working with ear technique as well as a visual training. I also work with CD's using music that I have picked out and songs my students request to learn to apply techniques I am teaching them.

Timing is also important to master. I use a metronome to work to develop a strong sense of timing and smoothness..

Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI
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Clinton Township, MI
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Drew S.

Mount Clemens, MI
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Michael T. Sterling Heights, MI

Subjects Taught

Arithmetic, Basic Math, Drum

About Me

And, as it relates to my practical experience: I have been a member of many Metropolitan , Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Nighttrain, and The Mobius Loop. I have also 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: Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios and The Disc.

I am currently accepting students, and I look forward to, and appreciate this opportunity!

*** Lesson Details ***
-Lesson plan includes:
(1) LEARNING to play with a good feel, touch, and control; through drum rudiments and a practice pad.
(2) LEARNING to play solid and steady, at various tempos; with the use of a metronome and headphones.
(3) LEARNING the fundamentals behind various styles including: Rock, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, and Fusion.
(4) LEARNING to read rhythm notation!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Full Drumset.

-Practice pads.

-Metronomes and various books to help with instruction.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would prefer that the student has his or her own drumset. However, if needed, I can bring a small drumset to lessons.

*** Specialties ***
* First and foremost, it is extremely important to me that a student is very comfortable, and fundamentally has fun learning! So, I provide a fun and comfortable environment by being very approachable and patient, and by creating a calm, low stress environment.

* I am a feel over flash drummer, with very good ensemble skills. So, I am skilled at the art of teaching students to drum with a nice, groove-oriented feel, while honing in and listening in a band (ensemble) setting.

* No flash or fluff here, I prefer to focus on what I humbly feel is most important; that is, feel and listening skills! I pride myself on being very patient, reliable, and approachable. My experience relates mostly to the genres of Funk, R&B, Rock and Fusion. Thank you for your time.

JOSEPH H. Clinton Township, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

With my Bachelor's/Master's Degree and 13 years of experience in education, it will be an honor for me to add more to students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music study helps people young and old to overcome shyness and build confidence. It empowers them as they refine their special talents.

We will study ear training .

My Method: Listen, Sing, Clap, Play, Read and Write. With these tools you can look deeper into the elements that make up music.

Children don't learn to read before they can talk. So why should anyone have to try to read before they can play?

That is how music is taught, traditionally and why a huge percentage of students just quit or have a miserable time with piano lessons. Music should be fun. Period.

We will always have a lot of fun, but there is a lot to do, so we need to be efficient and not waste time. My teaching method is a combination of the best methods I have found. It is backed up with the same solid principles that I received when I was a student myself. If you choose to continue and pursue a classical education at a high level, you will be well-prepared.

*** Studio Equipment ***

dell inspiron n5050 core i3
two dell monitors
M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface (PC and Mac)
Amplafier kenwood KR-V126R
2 speakers aiwa
Sennheiser HD 201
Digital monitor audio technica
Korg triton
Krog trinity plus
Steel acoustic guitar
½ Steel acoustic guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
In My Home Studio:
3 digital keyboard in a recording control-room,dell inspiron
Korg triton, Krog trinity plus, Yamaha PSS 170
n5050 core i3, two dell monitors, M-Audio's Fast Track Pro USB Digital Audio Interface, Amplafier kenwood KR-V126R 2 speakers aiwa, Sennheiser HD 201, Digital monitor audio technica, Steel acoustic guitar, ½ Steel acoustic, guitar tuner, and Drabouka.

If you are taking any kind of music lesson,
we recommend a tuned piano or digital keyboard.
If you like, I can suggest several different models of keyboard that I have researched and of which I approve.

*** Specialties ***
I teach people of all ages
first to play by ear and to have fun while they study.
Then I back up ear training with solid theory so they can read and write music.
In school I studied many traditional methods and
I have distilled my own distinct method from them. Though I am classically trained, I specialize in improvisation.

Drew S. Mount Clemens, MI

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting

About Me

Starting at the age of 19, Drew earned his stripes as the percussionist / drummer / substitute conductor for the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops. While touring with the Tops he also performed with artists including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Contours, The Miracles, The Dramatics, Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, and many more. He has written and produced songs featuring many legendary soul artists including the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Pat Lewis, James Jamerson Jr, and more. As a pre-production engineer for Universal/Motown records, he contributed to releases by The Jackson 5, David Ruffin and Jimmy Ruffin, Barry White, and the Cellarful of Motown series. He has written articles for Modern Drummer Magazine, and holds a degree in music performance from New York University. He is the spearhead of the Back To Class project, which features his original music performed by soul music legends, benefiting the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools.

Drew will build a curriculum around a student's specific goals and musical preferences, helping drummers, percussionists, songwriters, and producers to learn skills that will help them to feel comfortable on the bandstand, writing, improvising, and getting gigs. His production experience allows him to teach beatmakers and songwriters how to broaden their tracks through basic music theory instruction as well as arranging concepts and studio techniques.

If you'd like to learn many of the down-to-earth, practical skills and expectations for being a professional in the music business behind the drums, in front of the mixing board, and behind the scenes, Drew is your man!

*** Lesson Details ***
Custom curriculum built based on student's goals, musical tastes, and abilities. You will learn skills on drum set and hand percussion, but also techniques for live performance, studio recording, production, beat making, and songwriting to make you a well rounded force in music. All levels welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Multiple Full Drum Sets by Yamaha & Pearl
-Single Practice Pads and DW Practice Pad Drum Kit
-Hand Percussion Including Congas, Bongos, Tambourines, etc
-Fully Equipped Recording Studio with multi-track capabilities
-Midi Keyboard and Sequencer Production Setup w/ Logic Pro
-Video Shoot Capabilities w/ Multi Angle Camera Setup

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Pearl Rhythm Traveler 5pc Drum Set
-Single Practice Pads and DW Practice Pad Drum Kit for quiet lessons
-Mobile Recording Studio Multi-Track setup for Songwritine and Production lessons
-Mobile Midi Keyboard / Sequencer setup with Logic Pro for Songwriting and Production lessons

*** Specialties ***
- Drums
- Hand Percussion
- Production (Logic Pro specialty)
- Songwriting
- Beat Making
- Music Business (copyright, publishing, band leading, promo)
- Motown
- R&B
- Soul
- Funk

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