Michael VanLente ’72 has been teaching part-time in the music department since the late 1980s. He focuses on drum set instruction and is the coach for jazz chamber ensemble. Michael has musical experience with small jazz ensembles and professional artists; he is also a percussion dance accompanist and instructor in the college dance department.

Areas of Expertise

Michael has expertise with drums, percussion, modern jazz styles and other styles of drumming, as well as contemporary creative music, including jazz and other hybrid styles.


  • B.A., Hope College, 1972
  • Berklee College of Music, 1970

Outside the College

Michael is a licensed builder and works on projects when not teaching or at the school.

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