Private Lessons

For over thirty years, Mike has been teaching all styles of drumming to students of all ages. Mike’s own education includes studying extensively since 1992 with drumming great Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information), and lessons with Alex Acuna, Carl Allen and other local drummers. He won awards playing in his High School’s bands and as a member of the De Anza College Jazz Band.

Lessons specialize in all styles of drumming while emphasizing technique, reading, playing to a click, recording and live performance, also advanced concepts such as understanding polyrhythms, feeling odd meters, developing your own vocabulary and more.

Mike teaches at his studio in San Jose, CA. Spaces are limited and they fill up fast. Mike also teaches Online via Skype for students around the world or just outside of the area.

For pricing and availability, contact Mike at mike@mikevanderhule.com.

Mike is now accepting students of all levels for private lessons, online or in person.

Quote from drumming great

Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information)

"Mike  embodies the qualities of a good private instructor. In the early 90s I was Mike's private teacher so I know that he is a disciplined and motivated, practicing musician. Mike continues to improve both as a player and teacher each year, which is the proof that he "practices what he preaches!"

Online Lessons

​Due to the many requests received in his international travels,

Mike now teaches private lessons online. ​

Via Skype, Mike is able to teach you privately anywhere in the world or even if you are just outside of the area. It’s also a great way to take your lessons on your own drum set. *In case you don't know, Skype is a way to communicate via a free video call over the internet.



  • ​You will need a computer with a camera, built-in microphone, speakers or  headphones and a good high speed internet connection. To download and learn more about Skype, go to www.Skype.com.

  • ​Of course you will also need a drum set, set up in a place where you can take an uninterrupted private lesson.

  • ​Skype lessons will be paid for via PayPal. To learn more about PayPal, go to www.PayPal.com.

  • ​Pryor to lesson, Mike will send you the PayPal instructions and all details for setting up your Skype lesson.

For lesson pricing and availability, contact Mike at mike@mikevanderhule.com


*lessons are subject to availability, there may be a waiting list. Mike only teaches when in town.

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