Drumming is in Michael’s heart. He has used music to overcome many barriers of his own and has created a business which helps other young people with lifelong disabilities.
Michael, 23, from Spondon, Derbyshire, has been devoted to music from an early age. His inspiration came from seeing a drummer perform at primary school and began taking lessons himself. This passion sustained him through many difficult years in school.
Michael began working with bands and musicians while also holding down a job in administration. He completed an apprenticeship and progressed to a higher level before realising this career was not for him. He experienced depression until he was advised to go into music full time as that was clearly his talent.
That was a turning point for Michael and he completed a music qualification and began working as a peripatetic music teacher in special needs schools.
Michael decided to unite his two interests, business and music, and with support from the Enterprise programme, established MM Drum School. As well as providing popular mainstream drum lessons, Michael has designed bespoke services for people with autism and other special needs.
The therapeutic side of his work has garnered praise from many parents and helped Michael to land a Derby Telegraph Community Champions Award. He also finished runner-up at the East Midlands Celebrate Success awards in November 2016. He says,
Michael, who also became a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, is currently expanding MM Drum School and moved into a new purpose build premises in Derby City Centre earlier this year. Michael is now facilitating tenants & offered full time work to his brother who has lifelong hidden disabilities. MM Drum School is coming up to three years trading and is now developing its infrastructure to cater for a wider client base. Derby music blogger Gez Addictive says,