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Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano, Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet
Michael first sang on stage, at the age of 3, the same time that he began learning piano. He went on to explore multiple instruments throughout his early years and also developed as a vocalist for theatre and concerts, including competing in Star Search in the mid-80's, the forerunner to American Idol.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Troy State University in Troy, AL and Master of Music in Composition from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI, where he studied with world-renowned composer, Dr. David R. Gillingham.
While a graduate student at CMU, Michael taught sophomore Music Theory and senior level Form & Analysis. He also contributed to the book, Music Is Fundamental: Fundamentals and Methods for Elementary Music, by Dr. Daniel L. Steele. Michael was one of only five composers in 2006 to be inducted into the United Michigan Collegiate Composers, and was subsequently commissioned to compose a piece based on the instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky's ”L'histoire du Soldat” for mixed septet. Michael’s composition, ”Le Soldat Moderne”, was premiered at the annual New Music Project 2007 Concert at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI on April 2, 2007.
In addition to his teaching experience at CMU, Michael has taught privately, served as clinician and adjudicator, and has served as middle school/high school & College band director in Alabama and Florida, most recently as Dir. of Instrumental Music at Seminole State College in Orlando, FL, where he currently resides with his wife and three children. Michael is now devoting an increasing amount of time toward composition, having several commissions in progress for radio, television and film. He has also been in demand as a conductor for concerts of his compositions by numerous ensembles across the country, and as a presenter and performer at music conferences and clinics, most recently with presentations based on his research of ”Best Practices in Jazz Improvisation Pedagogy” at the Michigan Music Educators Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, South Carolina/MENC Regional Conference in Charleston, SC and the Symposium for Music Research in Lawrence, KS.
Having played professionally since the age of 17, Michael is an active performer in a variety of genres, being equally adept as a keyboardist, percussionist, and vocalist. He has toured extensively with bands and as a solo artist both at home and abroad, including a three week tour of Russia and the Ukraine as featured vocal artist. Michael has also performed with nationally recognized artists, serving as drummer for Brook Benton (Rainy Night in Georgia), vocalist with Steve Camp (contemporary Christian artist), and keyboardist for Hank Williams, Jr., to name a few. His acting experience includes his portrayal of Jesus in the theatrical production of the musical “Godspell” in 1981. Michael also served as producer/recording artist for 20 CD projects for Integrity Music, generating all of the MIDI files for the Integrity Worship Series.
With years of experience in the studio as a producer, composer, artist, studio designer, and owner/manager, Michael has worked on numerous recording and production projects for film, TV, video, radio and theater & has composed film scores for multiple short and feature films. He is widely recognized for his expertise in the fields of jazz, music theory, and performance/production techniques in a variety of disciplines, and is very excited to be able to bring his experience back home to Orlando as a part of the faculty at TakeLessons.
Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
With a bachelors degree in music from Rutgers University, I began teaching guitar over 20 years ago. I have recorded with Larry Coryell and many other artists over the course of my career.
My teaching style is direct and to the point. We will go through all the necessary theory of music and apply it to the fretboard to unleash your creativity. If you are looking to advance your style beyond what you thought you could not play, lets get started with some lessons.
With certification on ProTools, I have recorded and worked with Jon Anderson(Yes), as a producer and engineer. I can teach you the art of recording and editing for music production.
Bass Guitar, Composition, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Ukulele, Banjo
Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live.
Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
20+ years of playing expereince
15+ years of performance experience
15+ years of teaching experience
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet
Patrick J. is a lifelong musician and entertainer. He has experience playing many different
instruments and enjoys playing all kinds of music. In addition to writing, recording and teaching,
Patrick has toured the country with various musical acts, as well as toured as a stand-up comedian. He
has also done extensive acting work, which led to him being featured on The Home Shopping Network
for Esteban Guitars.
These various pursuits have given Patrick a fun inviting personality that students take to immediately.
Patrick has a laid back approach that combines the students' interests with a more formal pursuit of
musical ideas. Music should be fun, and Patrick strives to maintain that attitude through his lessons.
"It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind you when you
go." - Randy Travis
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Trained 4 guitarists and bassists, nearly a decade of guitar, half a decade of bass, trained in music theory, self trained in DAW software, performed in 4 music groups, and currently studying Sound and Music Technology at Valencia College. Provided by an experienced guitar teacher, these innovative, judgement-free, and resourceful lessons will enhance and magnify your guitar playing to a beyond satisfactory level.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."