Michael Leffler

Michael L.

Los Angeles, CA
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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
May 1989

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,

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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


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

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Oliver  Age 5  Drum Student
Silvina  Age 5  Drum Student  playing Tom Petty
Improv   into  rock fee;
Jazz feel and improv
Improv Ostinato Solo
Photo by Michael L.

Photo by Michael L.

Photo by Michael L.

16th Note Feel
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8 Reviews

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Alexander J. Oct 19, 2018
Drum · In studio

Great lesson. Michael is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Amy Apr 23, 2018
Drum · In studio

Michael is a fantastic drum teacher. He is an extremely talented drummer and is skilled in all genres of music, from rock to jazz to latin. As a teacher he is very patient and adjusts to my needs / preferences. He is able to explain in detail both the mental and physical aspects of drumming, which I love, and always has tons of suggestions for improving my skills, from improv to rudiment exercises to jamming along to songs. I’ve learned so much taking classes from Mike!!

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Shana Apr 19, 2018
Drum · In home

He literally is the best teacher. Thorough, kind, organized and makes huge progress happen in such a a short time.

Donald W. Jun 22, 2016
Drum · In home

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

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

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MitraS Dec 5, 2010

we are very happy with the progress of the lesson. thanks to michael

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