Michael Glaser loves music. He is a drummer, sometimes a singer, and always a student. He is also a teacher to other students of all ages, and he feels that being a teacher has made him a better performer.

He has been teaching private drum lessons professionally since 2001 at places like The University of Alabama at Birmingham (since 2009), Homewood School of Music (since 2012), the Alabama School of Fine Arts (since 2018), and maybe at your house, too.

Michael has had the pleasure of sideman duty on gigs with these fine folks:

Victor Atkins - pianist for Elvin Jones, Headhunters, Nnenna Freelon, Los Hombres Calientes, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Ryan Cavanaugh - bluegrass / jazz banjoist and member of saxophonist Bill Evans' Soulgrass

Phil DeGreg – Woody Herman Big Band alumnus and Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati

Taylor Hicks - Birmingham's own American Idol 2006!

Jean-Yves Jung – pianist / keyboardist for Bireli Lagrene, Billy Cobham, Roger Biwandu, Dee Dee Bridgewater & others

Youssouf Koumbassa - master dancer, drummer and teacher from Guinea, West Africa

Ron McCurdy – creator of The Langston Hughes Project & professor at the USC Thornton School of Music

Johnny O'Neal - toured for many years with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ray Brown, and Lionel Hampton, and played pianist Art Tatum in the Academy Award-winning film Ray

John P. Strohm - founding member of the Blake Babies and touring member of the Lemonheads

Malcolm-Jamal Warner - poet, actor, and musician best known for The Cosby Show and currently the voice of The Langston Hughes Project


Michael was fortunate to study with these musicians & composers while at Davidson College in North Carolina

and Belmont University in Nashville:

Dale Armstrong

Sam Bacco

Jeff Kirk

Jennifer Stasack

Bill Stowe

Carol Stumpf

And he has even had a lesson with amazing, wonderful jazz drummers Matt Wilson & Steve Korn.