Mike has been instructing my son for 3 years and I couldn't find a better drum teacher. From the first lesson he made my then year old feel comfortable and excited about music. Mike is adept at evaluating his students and tailoring the lesson to their level. He gives sincere and specific positive feedback, freely and often which support learning and builds confidence. When my son does not get something, with Mike's Playing or experience, he is able to suggest a different approach. (Let's try this...) to help him learn. Lessons with Mike are positive and fun, while learning to play drums and read and write music. My son looks forward to his lesson! Mike not only teaches my son drum lessons, he is a positive role model. TRY MIKE FIRST! I'm very picky and reserve reviews only for the exceptional! Mike is a treasure.