Michael Skinner grew up in jazz and cut his teeth as a musician at Berklee School of Music. He was a band director right after college and designed several music programs including some for the Detroit public middle schools. Michael left teaching to get his masters in composition in Florida before moving to New York to work as a session player for several years. It was during this time that he arranged and composed jingles and other recording projects. Michael was then introduced to the music products industry where he worked as a manager for D’Addario and as the educational manager at Yamaha before becoming the president of Dansr, Inc.