Mike Semerau

Drums & Percussion

Eric S


Having never played drums before, Mike had me hooked minutes into our session. He is extremely passionate about not only drums but teaching and seeing you progress. Couldn’t be happier.

Erik L


"Mike is one of the most competent and skilled drum instructors I know. I highly recommend him as a teacher."

Phillip T


"Great teacher. He is hands on. He taught my son since he was 5 until 15. He loved every moment" - Phillip T.

He has been teaching the drums and started Chicago’s # 1 Drum Lessons established in February 1995, redefining the standard for drum lessons when he came up with the innovative method of offering professionally recorded take-home videos to his students after each weekly lesson.

Mike teaches all styles of drumming: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Swing, Latin, etc. to name a few. Students will learn: Timing, basic music reading, original beats and fills, soloing, double bass, learn your favorite song, self teaching, ostinatoing, drum separation, 4 way limb independence, stick control, feet control, tricks, solo composing, school band stuff, etc., etc.

Students will also learn how to be in a band as well, as Mike has a library of over 1,000 play along tracks with no drums. Ages 5-adult can sign up, Beginners-Advance welcomed.

** ALL LESSONS ARE RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD ** So if you forget that rhythm or technique, you can just pop in a video and Mike will be right there on screen to play along with you. His unique approach allows students to learn faster and more effectively, as they are able to check their progress and review what they have learned in each lesson. No wasted lesson practice, no wrong way of learning, and especially no money or time wasted.

Chicago’s # 1 Drum Lessons has over 300+ students learning Mike’s video curriculum in 9 locations. Mike sits with 120 of those students personally and Music Gallery is now his 5th weekly personal location. Music Gallery is fortunate to bring him aboard the superb teaching staff.

His students have been so successful as to be featured on CLTV news, amongst numerous mentions in newspapers around IL.

Walk Through Of A Drum Lesson with Drum Instructor Mike Semerau.

First we warm up with previous lesson homework or if you’re brand new to the drums we will discuss what we will be working on, second is a complete walk thru together on new assignment or assignments on the full drum set, third we will take a few minutes to transfer and watch what we just did together as every lesson has been previously recorded and archived on professional video to take home, fourth if you are a current student of 3 months or more we will get the notation to a new song to learn and play along with, or new music to drum to so we can work on your improvisational skills.

It is a proven fact that the more times an individual watches, listens, and is demonstrated something they will pick it up at a much faster pace thus resulting in a great drummer. The video allows the students to check and cross-reference what they learned for that week to help aid them in their practice sessions through out the week. Students will learn the right way each and every time as well as having a complete organized video library of all their completed lesson’s to date. Money and time is saved, no back tracking or wrong way of learning, always moving fourth, the more lessons a students has been taught, the bigger their video library of tracked organized recorded previous lessons are saved for continuous viewing pleasure, and not to mention learning each week’s lesson efficiently and accurately as well as getting the most for your money.

There is no wrong way of learning the drums from Chicago’s #1 Drum Lessons, students learn the right way each and every time and the students can get their questions answered right there in the privacy of their own home instead of waiting to the next lesson to find out if they did it right. I don’t know of any other music instructor for ANY other instrument that has ever made the news for their teaching style and method have you? We must be doing something right. Chicago’s # 1 Drum Lessons are by far the BEST in weekly drum instruction. . If it is to learn drums as a hobby, or to get to the next level of your current playing, or even to make it in the music business, Chicago’s # 1 Drum Lessons can help.

Contact us to book with Mike!
(847) 432-6350
2558 Green Bay Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035