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OPS Lessons and Recital Postponed

Hello Everyone, 

With the current health crisis we are facing I have decided that for the time being it is best if I suspend in-person operations at Otto Percussion Studio until a time that we can be more certain of the impact on our area. A full suspension of lessons and classes may seem like a bit much for what consists mostly of one on one instruction, but over the week there are many families that spend time at the Studio and I want to be certain that we do not become a vector. My tentative plan is to reassess week by week, but as it stands I expect that we will be out as long as the school systems are closed. 

This of course means that we will also need to postpone the Spring Recital that was to take place next Saturday, March 21st. I have already spoken with the venue as well as Paco and Tom and everyone is excited to reschedule. Paco called this recital’s program his “favorite cover set list ever.” While the shift in momentum of learning a piece and then having to wait to perform it can make it feel anti-climatic, this will provide some time to make the songs even better!

If you have prepaid lessons, all of those lessons will carry forward to when the studio reopens. If this policy creates a particular financial hardship during this time, please let me know and I will refund the lessons we miss. If you are interested, Skyping your lesson is an option. All you really need is a computer or mobile device with a camera and we can get going!

If any students feel that they’ve worked through their material and are looking for some new challenges, or if your student is stuck, please reach out. I’d love to spend some of this time answering questions and passing along more material to work on.

I want everyone to know that I am always in support of the choices you make to keep your family safe. Your safety and health are more important to me than any music lesson or class. If it comes time to open the studio again and the time is not right for your family, please do what is right for you. I understand and support your decisions. 

Thank you everyone for your continued support. It is an honor to get to work with you and your students. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have. 

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Jeremy Otto is a percussionist with over 15 years and hundreds of students worth of teaching experience. He holds a degree in Music Education from Oakland University. Along with running Otto Percussion Studio he is an in demand clinician and performer.

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At Otto Percussion Studio we specialize in Drum and Percussion lessons for all ages and abilities. Give us a call or text at 248 783 6520 or send an email to to set up lessons. If you’re local to Lake Orion, Rochester, Troy or the surrounding areas of North Oakland County, MI you can come directly to the studio. If not, we can set up lessons over the great series of tubes known as the internet!

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It was time to launch a standalone site …

I’ve been writing and editing for another website, The Musician’s Notepad for about a year and a half now. That site was started with a colleague in order to help share ideas and the love of teaching private music lessons, particularly drum and percussion lessons. In that time I have had many thoughts about drumming and found many discussions, articles, and videos relating to drumming that do not directly tie into the themes of that site. This site serves as a place to share those items and ideas with the drumming community at large.

Need a reason to come back? Click ‘Charts’ on the left side of the screen. Each week I’m going to add a few more until I have to come up with a better way of cataloging them.