With a full time teaching roster, plus having several assistants, Mike owns and operates Utah’s largest private teaching program.
Mike has an extensive education in many styles of drumming such as Classical Snare, Rudimental Snare, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Funk and Latin. He has also developed a reputation for his mastership in transcribing.
Mike began studying drums at the age of eight and continued his percussion education all through his schooling. During this time he had the opportunity to study with Utah’s most renowned educators.
- Don Main of Utah Symphony/University of Utah adj (9 years)
- Steve Gustaveson of Sun,Shade and Rain/Legendary teacher (5 years)
- Top Flight Academy-Honors program (1 year)
- Lane Lundberg of Cold Fire/Fox (2 years)
- Vsay Wong of Mind over Matter (2 years)
After graduating from the T.A. program, Mike then began his private teaching at the Orem Summerhays Music Center. It was during this time that he maintained a busy teaching and performing schedule. In 1999, Mike was appointed to the position of Director for the Crescent School of Music (Orem Campus) and served the Department Chair of Drum studies for 2 years.
In the summer of 2001, the torch was passed down to Mike from Steve Gustaveson to carry on the teaching legacy. Mike then relocated to the Cottonwood Heights area. Since that time, he has maintained several teaching studios located in the building where he was taught as well as the Sandy Riverton Music location. He also continues to gig out as a for hire drummer and is currently working on various band projects.
Mike has developed a reputation of providing outstanding instruction to all levels and ages. He bases his teaching philosophy on building the self esteem of the student. Many of Mike’s students have received scholarships, placed first in competitions, as well as, played in touring bands, became drum teachers and worked in music retail.
Personal Information: Mike Dale was born and raised in Sandy and still lives there today. He is married and a father of two boys. Mike’s other activities besides drumming are: collecting rare music, and sailing. In 2007, Mike began working on his aviation ratings and hopes to become a skilled hobbyist.