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I have been teaching and playing drums professionally for over 20 years and studied from some of the most prominent instructors in the industry. These instructors include Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Joe Franco, Al Miller & Frank Cassara. I was an instructor for one of the top drum schools in NY, The Long Island Drum Center, and hold a BA in Music Education from Long Island University-CW Post Campus.
In 2007 I moved with my wife and 2 children to Matthews-Charlotte, NC. Upon arriving to Charlotte, I started teaching & playing shows. I built up a student base teaching drums/percussion to all ages and levels, including hand drum lessons. (Conga/Djembe). I auditioned and became a member of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats Drum line, The Rhythm Cats, and worked with them from 2007-2012. In my years of playing professionally, I have done over 5000 shows including Off Broadway, House of Blues, The Fillmore and many other venues. I'm currently the band leader and drummer of a few popular bands, KidsinAmericaband.com-Totally 80s Tribute band, NewKidsband.com-The SuperFly 90s Tribute band and ChicagoRewired-The Premier Chicago Tribute band.
In teaching, I cover all aspects of drumming and theory, drum set, snare drum, school band, church, rock, pop, jazz etc. I also cover the many important areas of drumming, reading, proper technique, double bass, Moeller, independence, timing, speed and control.
In 2017, my teaching schedule was near max and I decided to expand the size of my teaching studio and expand my lesson program. In addition to adding another drum instructor, I've now expanded to Piano, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Vocal, Ukulele, Brass, and Bass Guitar lessons. Being involved in the local music scene, I was able to hire the best instructors around for my expansion.
My teachers are NOT self taught players. They are trained/schooled experienced professionals. We like to focus on theory, teaching and reading music, proper technique, good dedicated practice, as well the necessary fundamentals. At Mike Graci Music, we take pride in our music education program! Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, we got you covered. All ages and levels.
Please go to the Instructors tab to learn more about them. We look forward to sharing our knowledge, experience and love of music with you.
All the best,