Michael Gould is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has received international recognition as a performer and scholar in the field of drumset, contemporary percussion performance and pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department in the School of Music, Theater & Dance and the Residential College (College of Literature, Science and the Arts) at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Director of the Center for World Performance Studies.
Michael has received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael has released over 100 educational percussion videos through playalongmusic.com. He has also composed and performed music for a wide range of ensembles and venues from the Münich Opera and Ballet to National Public Radio. He has had unique collaborations with engineers, material scientists, painters, poets, dancers, athletes and business professionals. His new book for the iPad-- The Drum Diaries is available worldwide through the Apple iTunes store. He is also the music director for Tangente Dance Company in Berlin, Germany. Gould is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Percussive Arts Society. His latest piece Remember Me was just performed at the Kunsthaus Dahlem in Berlin, Germany and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and includes dance, theater, percussion, electronics, and original artwork. The work has been published by Alternative Press, Ann Arbor, MI. He has also recently worked with Henry Pollack (the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize) on an art installation piece entitled A World Without Ice. The piece focuses on both poles and addresses issues of climate change.
Michael is a performing artist for Zildjian cymbals, Yamaha Drums and Percussion, Remo Drumheads and Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets.