Michael "Stix" Kiley simply loves to teach the drums. He’d better – he’s been at it for over 25 years!  Kiley boasts Lamont Cranston, The Drifters, The Marvelettes and even the great Chuck Berry on his impressive gigging resume.  Stix was a member of the Sleepters, a Minneapolis band that holds a world record for the most venues played in one day in one city (112).

Working out of 15-20 lesson books, Kiley tailors his teaching style to each and every one of his 37 students. “You’ve got to be able to see what they can’t see,” says Kiley of his flexible approach. “You have to assess how somebody learns and put it into a context he or she can understand.”

Among Kiley’s all-time faves are Steve Jordan, Earl Palmer, and Ray Bauduc – the New Orleans great. “All my students get versed somewhat in New Orleans, because that’s where it all comes from,” Says Kiley. “It’s all about feel and fun.”



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*All lessons are taught in our studios at Modern Day Music in West St Paul, MN.