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mike levesque here. i've been teaching drums for 20+ years with many happy, successful students. i'm a working pro, not a practice pad jockey in a music store broom closet or a gigless academic and i'm looking for a few new students. there are a lot of drum teacher choices on craigslist and i appreciate you checking out my ad. i think i've got a unique take on this stuff and my students always have fun learning.
i've made records with david bowie, natalie imbruglia,candybutchers, and dozens of boston and providence independants like the montgomerys,juliana hatfield and sasquatch and the sickabillys. i've done literally thousands of gigs and have major label AND DIY touring experience. i've played on a number of advertising jingles for the baltimore orioles, NESN, the washington nationals and general motors. i've been featured in articles in spin, rolling stone, the boston globe and modern drummer. i'm currently on the road with seven mary three.
i charge $50 per hour lesson at my place in s.e mass and $150 for intensive 2 hour "house calls" in mass and ri. i'm open to any frequency of drum lessons that fits an individual's schedule and budget. with one 2 hour lesson i can load you up with enough stuff to practice for months!
if you like to practice and love music, i can make learning and improving on the kit a fun and rewarding experience. we will go at YOUR PACE and we'll work on what YOU WANT TO LEARN. no specific method, totally custom made to your drum needs. just enough dry technique stuff to get you started or to help you unlearn all those bad drum habits. from then on, all practical, all the time. we will focus on the stuff that makes other musicians turn around and smile at the drummer rather then the stereotypical "it's the drummers fault" nonsense.
soon you'll be the guy/girl that people WANT on the gig!
all styles and levels are welcome. from total, complete beginners to local rock royalty, i can help you become a better musician. you AND your band will simply sound better. whether your goal is to to be a drum shredder or a first call studio superstar, i'd love to be your drum teacher.
i'll teach you how to get and keep the good gigs and how to deal with the bad ones. you will NOT get this stuff in mom and pop music stores OR berklee....i should know, i'm a dropout!
"Studying with Mike has been a great experience for me. He brings enthusiasm and real world drumming knowledge to each lesson. I've notice a tremendous improvement on how I sound as a drummer and my overall approach to the instrument is more musical. If you want to become a better drummer and have fun as well I would get in contact with Mike."
"As a result of being a student of Mike Levesque's for nearly two years, I have grown more as a player than in the past ten years of studying with an assortment of teachers, experiencing various musical influences and my own independent playing combined. The concepts and techniques that Mike has illustrated in his relaxed but focused drum lessons have helped provide a frame work for the most substantial period of self-development that I have experienced since picking up drum sticks thirteen years ago. I am forever changed for the better as a drummer and through Mike's direction, I have gained a heightened confidence and control that have helped me communicate more effectively with my band in the rehearsal room, the studio and on stage."
"Mike brings a rare combination of enthusiasm, practical experience, technical skill, creativity, and an encyclopedic knowledge of music to every lesson. Exercises that would be pointless drudgery in the hands of a less capable teacher are brought to life by Mike's unique ability to present new material in a musical way that is tailored to my interests and goals as a drummer. I cannot recommend him more highly."
check out mikelevesque.com for my resume with mp3 and video samples galore.
thanks for your time! i'm looking forward to hearing from some future great drummers.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers