About Me


Michael graduated from Leeds Conservatoire in 2021 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Music. On the back of this success, he went straight into his MA in Music at the Leeds Conservatoire, in which he achieved a Merit. Michael is currently performing professionally on a weekly basis, as well as doing classroom teaching in secondary schools, for multiple local music services.

Michael has been playing drum kit for 18 years and classical percussion for 11 years. Having achieved grade 8 on drum kit, and grade 8 on timpani and xylophone in his mid-teens, Michael began teaching drum kit to beginners alongside his A level studies.

Before attending Leeds Conservatoire, Michael spent a year doing auditions, gigging professionally including becoming Musical Director for a youth theatre production. In this time Michael also taught a beginner student up to grade 8 on drum kit, in the space of a year and a half.

Michael’s approach to teaching is making sure the main focus is fun! Students can expect to be playing and making music right from the first lesson.


Leeds, UK



Instrument(s) Taught

Cajon, Djembe, Drums, Handpan, Logic Pro X, Marimba, Percussion

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location, Student's House


Drums, Cajon, Djembe, Handpan, Logic Pro X, Marimba, Percussion

Lesson Type


Lesson Prices

60 mins


45 mins


30 mins


Other Lesson Prices

Lesson prices are fixed at the Musicians Union rate:

1 hour: £40

45 minutes: £30

30 minutes: £20

20 minutes: £13


Payment Plans

Pay-As-You-Go, Block Bookings, Monthly, Termly, Lesson Vouchers

Payment Options

Cash, Check / Cheque, Online Bank Transfer, PayPal, Contactless, Google Pay, Apple Pay

Cancelation & Rescheduling Policy

My goal is to be as accessible and flexible as possible to my students. Therefore, provided I am given 24 hours prior notice, I am happy to rearrange or cancel free of charge.

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Levels & Ages

Skill Levels Taught

Beginner (up to Grade 5), Intermediate (Grades 5-8), Advanced (Grade 8 and above), Professional Musicians/Teachers

Ages Taught


Lesson Sizes

One-to-One, Group Lessons

Graded Exam Preparation

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Rockschool, Trinity College London

Professional Affiliations

Musician’s Union

Performance Opportunities, Performance Coaching & Accompaniment Services

Michael Armitage is an experienced percussionist in every aspect. While he is happy to teach any grade/exam board on both drum kit and classical percussion, he is also aware that this is not the best route for every student. Michael ensures to tailor every student experience and their lessons to their preference, to ensure every student gets the most out of every lesson and achieves their personal goals.

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Genres Taught

Genres Taught

Blues, Classical Music, Country, Disco, Electronic Music, Folk, Funk, Hip hop, Jazz, Music for Children, Music of Africa, Music of Latin America, New-Age Music, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul music, Traditional Music

Sub-Genres Taught

Afrobeat, Big Band, Drum and Bass, Electro House, Grunge, Hard Rock, Hardcore Punk, Heavy Metal, Musical Theatre, Orchestral, Psychedelic Rock, Punk Rock, Swing


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Rated 5.0 out of 5

July 14, 2023

Michael is a solid drummer/percussion player with a clear way of explaining things. I’m more than confident he’ll do an excellent job at teaching prospective students.

Rowan Yaxley

Rated 5.0 out of 5

July 14, 2023

An amazing, supportive and motivated teacher. Always makes lessons fun and exciting but also challenging.

Dannie Evans

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