Michael Leffler

Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA

About Michael L.

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Michael teaches: Ages 3 and up
Teaching since: May 1989
Last sign in: Within two months


I was inspired by drums at a very young age. My intro was playing along to the stereo hitting the floor with a unmatched pair of sticks. At age 12 I received a drumset and was able emulate some rock drumming style pretty fast. My learning hit a plateau soon after tho. My discipline for drum books and practice was very poor in the beginning.
Attending Musicians Institute in 1987 was the starting point of my commitment to myself to improve and be the best player i can be. I Graduated from MI with Honors and started playing with bands and continued to practice many hours a day. By 1994 I was teaching 30 -60 students a week. I have maintained that schedule for 15 years.
By 1997 I was playing live 2- 4 night a week every week for many years. I have played Thousands of shows in my career. Playing live is one of the best teachers. I help students who want to play on stage, in front of a audience prepare for it.
Another significant part of my education was studying the physiology of playing drums (or any musical instrument.) This had a major positive effect on my practice habits and i bring this info to my students in a "short and sweet" manner of explanation. I will give you the facts of improving on a musical instrument.

I also love the art of songwriting and been fortunate to win several songwriting awards with my band Cohesive in 2008, 2009 and 2010

*** Lesson Details ***
One of my lessons styles is designed to get you playing from your imagination. Improvisation inspired by the sounds you are creating. In that process I will give you important information about how you earned the sound, so you can always be inspired to create. This can be a fun method for many people. Others students favor playing 2 drumsets at the class and like to rely on the visual aspects of learning.

I have studied the physiology of playing a musical instrument in detail. I like to sprinkle in the facts while we are learning a pattern or piece of music. This knowledge can greatly enhance your practice results.
Students are Always welcome to share more specific things they are interested in working on. I enjoy teaching all drumset concepts including Linear style, Ghost Notes,
compound stickings, double bass style, rudiments, rudiment applications, soloing, ostinatos. I have a few highly recommended method books that work very well. I also really like when students bring in a song they like. My teaching style is a laid back style but i do love to discuss and exercise strong discipline to students who are open to it. 3 months into lessons you can expect to be playing a number of different beats and song(s). I am very good at recognizing the way you are most comfortable learning.
I also play piano and guitar and have access to both instruments at your lesson so we can jam when you want.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio rooms: several drum kits, computer, recording gear, PA sound system
Piano and Guitars. video taping lessons available

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum Pad, Snare, Sticks
It would be good if student had a drum set at home but not completely necessary in the beginning.

*** Specialties ***
I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles
Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,

Photos and Videos

Oliver Age 5 Drum Student


Drum/Percussion Teacher

Jul 1994 - Oct 2009
National Music Workshop

Head of Drum Department. Student Recitals/Ensemble Programs


Performance Degree and Percussion Graduated with Honors

Mar 1988 - Present
Musicains Institute


Mar 1988 - Jun 1990

Drumset Percussion

Mar 1988 - Mar 1990
Musicians Institute

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Drumeo Certified

Jul 2015

Honors Graduate

Jun 1990
Musicans Institute


Mike Pinder Song Wars

Mar 2011
Mike Pinder Founder Moody Blues

Los Angeles Music Awards Album of the year Nominee

Nov 2009
Los Angeles Music Awards

Vh-1 Save The Music

Jan 2009
Vh-1 save the music

Los Angeles Music Awards single of the year Cohesive "To The Stars

Nov 2008
Los Angeles Music Awards

Budweiser Showcase Battle of the Bands Winner

Jun 2000


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2008

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5 Reviews on Michael L.

Donald W. Jun 22, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson
Very informative, easy to communicate with. Very positive and willing to work with my paise. Highly recommend Michael
Lara Dec 24, 2015
Drum · In studio
Michael is a great teacher! He not only explains techniques, but will have you reading music and playing songs within just a few lessons. He also teaches the physicality of drumming, which is really important if you want to learn how to be a good drummer.
Sybil W. Aug 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Michael explained a lot of the "why" in addition to helping me understand the "how." He is clearly a skilled musician with many years of teaching experience. I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.
Sybil W. Aug 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Micheal ex
MitraS Dec 5, 2010
we are very happy with the progress of the lesson. thanks to michael
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