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.
Samuel J. April 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Sandy works very well with my son. My son is extremely excited about his drum lessons.
Cameron L. January 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher! Very patient and encouraging. My son truly enjoyed his time learning something new. Can't wait for the next lesson!
Jim F. December 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm thrilled I was able to meet such an accomplished musician today! I'm excited and looking forward to our next meeting.
ATTENTION!!! Travel rates are $10 more than Studio rates... accurate cost is
Studio In Home 30mins $35 $45 45mins $45 $55 60mins $55 $65
Sorry for confusion and trying to get this fixed on the site ASAP!!! Also my background check is good and YES i can teach anyone under the age of 18... google 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 Sc
ott 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 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...
I have more availability than is shown here and try to be flexible with scheduling...
Bill Andrews October 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Michelle August 17, 2015
So friendly AND professional, couldn't have asked for a better teacher! I look forward to future lessons and learning to SHRED from Scott :)
Jan Tuohy July 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Scott is astounding! He has a passion for teaching music and is knowledgeable in many aspects of his field. He has strong technical skills, is eager to design a forward path to meet a student's needs, and a very positive attitude to support your desire to learn. I am so happy to be learning from him and am optimistic that I will grow in the future!
I have had a passion for drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!
I have been teaching in the Detroit area since the age of 19. I've worked with students of all ages and have a huge passion for teaching! Whether you're looking to learn to play the drums, learn how to play some of your favorite songs, or just want to learn for fun, I'm here to help you!
I have solid experience as a working musician, combining private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.
I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have 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: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Wood
shed Studios and The Disc. I currently participate in two separate studio/recording projects,with producer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Michael Ackermann, and with producer/sound engineer Dan Lesnick; references can be provided. Along with teaching drum lessons, I love to supplement my income with this type of studio work. I am also presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, yet to be named. I am very excited about this and hope to get in the studio and to be gigging, in the near future!
I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.
I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own private instruction. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
Russ March 12, 2016
My story is probably a little more unusual than most here. While I do think it would be cool to learn to drum so I could become a rock star, at 52 I'm a little old for that. Actually, my goal is to become a Civil War drummer! When I came on here looking for a teacher, several responded -- but only Michael responded with a keen interest in what I was looking for. He even offered to do research on period drumming styles and period music so that he could tailor his approach to my needs. I've had several lessons at his home now and can say confidently that he has definitely got me on my way. He is also very flexible with his scheduling, which is very important with my sometimes hectic itinerary. If you are looking for a good guy and a great instructor, Michael should get your consideration.
Kay K. March 7, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Excellent, very knowledgeable and accommodating teacher, loved it.
Peter March 3, 2016
Mike is AWESOME!
From the enthusiasm you see while he teaches you, to the way he gets up to dance to your drum beat, it's no surprise that Mike is very passionate about drums!!
Not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical finding a random dude on the internet for drum lessons, but I've been PLEASANTLY surprised by the progression I've been making so far.
Mike is very laid back (a pretty funny guy too) yet at the same time he pushes you to progress from where you're at and helps you work through your sticking/trouble points. He also prioritizes that you have a solid, firm foundation, before moving onto the next skill set.
Overall I'd give Mike TWO DRUM STICKS up!!!
I plan to continue my lessons under Mike and I highly recommend him to anyone interested in taking their drum skills to the next level.
I graduated from CMU in May of 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance, and I currently teach percussion and gig in the Detroit area. In drum lessons, you will develop a strong sense of rhythm, time, and musical tact. My promise to you is that you will be moving around a drum set within the first month. While making our way around the kit, we will learn some basic music notation and practice techniques, as well as some more advanced concepts like self-awareness and limb independence.
I studied music performance at Central Michigan University under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Spencer. There I focused on many aspects of music including music theory, ear training, composition, arranging, and most importantly performance. I've studied and performed countless percussion instruments, and currently teach and perform in the Detroit area.
For myself, music is not a choice. Music wakes me up in the morning, gets me through my day, and helps me wind down at night. Music keeps me organized and focused through goal setting and prioritizing. Music is how I communicate, without it,
Now, for you, my potential student (or parent), music may play a different role in your life. It may be entertainment, it may be a social exercise, it may be family, it may be injury recovery, it may be therapy, it may even be that deeper calling that I spoke of previously. What music is for you, is not for me to say. However, through music, we will both develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, and in doing so, will better know what you are capable of achieving. We will learn to set goals, and to prioritize. We will build confidence through accomplishing these goals, and we will unlock potential that may have been otherwise untapped.
***First Lesson*** Our first lesson will be an informal meet and greet. You'll get to know me, and I'll get to know you. We'll talk more than we'll play in this first lesson because I want to really understand your goals, and what motivates you. We'll discuss some attendance policy stuff, some instrument stuff, and I'll let you know what books* we'll be working out of. What books* we use will be based completely on what you want to study (i.e. drum-set, marimba, composition, ear training, percussion, music theory, performance).
I use books to supplement the overall hands-on experience. Rather than reinvent the wheel by writing exercises by hand, we will rely on the many brilliant musicians that have come before us. You could play through a book on your own, I'm here to give you some perspective about what the book is meant to teach.
***Lesson Details*** These lessons are going to teach you talent. Despite what many people believe, talent is not something you either have or don't, it's something that develops over time. I was not always good at what I do, but through patience and perseverance I was able to increase my skill and my confidence.
These lessons are very freeform in that we may be discussing how to play a drum set beat one day, and we may be talking about how to play a shaker the next. The lessons you buy are yours, and they are what you want them to be. We will be setting goals, and learning to prioritize, but it will be goals based on what you are working on. I sometimes think of it as a "Study Hall" for music. If you ask more questions, you'll learn more things. If you practice a few hours a week, we'll be able to progress further and faster.
***On-Line Lessons*** I personally believe this is the future of private mentorship. The fact that you can chose from hundreds of qualified teachers from around the world is amazing, and I strongly believe it will change how society is educated in the future. The expectation is that you have a functional webcam, and some way of capturing audio. Be prepared to purchase a separate microphone and camera if we are doing full drum set lessons. Drum set can get tricky when it comes to sound quality, but be not afraid, I will guide you through the optimal microphone placement. Lessons are available through FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts.
Here are the peripherals I recommend: Webcam - Logitech - C920 HD Pro Webcam ($99) Microphone - Audio technica - atr2100 ($60)
***In-Home Lessons*** Nothing beats one-on-one personal training. In-home lessons allow us the luxury of On-Line lessons, with the added experience of having a live audience; me. If you are local to the Detroit area, and you have the necessary equipment already at home or nearby, I'll come to you for private training. Lessons that are done in person are ideal for marimba, timpani, xylophone, and I would encourage that they be arranged to take place at a local school or music shop. I do not provide equipment for in-home lessons, which is why I recommend getting a third party involved to supply the larger instruments. For those outside of the Detroit area, Online-Lessons are your best course of action.
***Why take lessons from me?*** I've been teaching music for over a decade, and I'm currently active in the music community. I embrace technology and utilize the amazing breakthroughs from recent years to create a lesson environment that is forward-thinking and streamlined. My experiences have given me the expertise to work with all students, whether they are young, refined with age, or in need of special accommodations. I pride myself on my patience, and I continually strive to better understand goal setting, prioritizing, and the motivating of others. My students learn life skills that are not taught in schools, and will be prepared for success in all that they pursue.
Skyler C. June 19, 2014
Josh was my drum line instructor during my last year of high school, and he was the only instructor I have ever had who has not only taught me how to improve my playing, but he's given me the fundamental blocks that I needed in order to improve my musicianship all around. He has had a great influence on my life, not just my music, and I would recommend him to any student at any level.
Larry P. June 16, 2014
I started working with Josh my first year at Anchor Bay High School and I can honestly say he was by far the best drum/percussion instructor I have ever worked with. Josh is easy-going and fun, but still gets you to your goals fast and efficiently. He is great to work with one-on-one and can help you with just about everything. He definitely knows what hes talking about and has the chops to back up anything he says. Josh can also write very good drum parts, better than any music book I have ever found. I have learned a lot over the years and I owe quite a bit of that to this guy right here, every time I talk to him I learn something new. Josh is just a great instructor overall and a very down to earth guy. I would recommend him as an instructor to anyone.
jaci S. June 16, 2014
I had Josh as a Drumline instructor for 3 years. Honestly, there was no one better for the job. He made being on the drumline worth all of the hardwork and dedication because he made it fun and made us sound great. I cannot name a single person who dislikes him. I struggled playing throughout the first year but his patience made it possible for me to stay on the line. I know that if I were seeking for drum lessons, he would hands down be my first choice.
Also I have seen his band play a couple shows and the crowd was absolutely amazed by his drum skills. The rhythms and techniques he uses are groovin'.
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