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Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone
Hailed by the New York Times for his “sweet intensity” and “insinuating smoothness,” Michael, woodwind specialist, is a prolific performer from solo and chamber concerts to pit-orchestras in musical theater and film recording sessions. He began playing saxophone at the age of 10 and picked up several new instruments along the way, recently completing a doctorate in Musical Performance from the University of Southern California. Michael is passionately dedicated to teaching, with over 10 years experience teaching 1 on 1 students, as well as chamber groups and masterclasses. Michael's diverse experience and fluency in many musical styles promises to provide a personalized and enriching experience tailored specifically to the student.
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The most important goal for me as a teacher is passing along the love that I have for music, and helping to make it a meaningful part of my students’ lives. It is my passion to help the student thrive in his studies, realize her potential, and be forever transformed by the experience.
As an instructor, I endeavor to relate to the student experience as much as possible by recalling my own studies, so that I may anticipate obstacles to motivation and learning, communicate effectively, and maximize the educational process. Every student-teacher relationship is unique and must be specifically designed and guided according to the student’s needs, abilities, and personal goals. The musical interests a student brings with him or her are a bridge to training on an instrument, and are essential in developing skills in listening, reading musical language, playing by ear, and improvising.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Provided: music stand, piano
Required: Instrument and relevant accessories, method books
*** Travel Equipment ***
Required: Instrument and relevant accessories, method books, music stand
*** Specialties ***
Saxophone - classical, modern/contemporary, beginning jazz improvisation
Clarinet - classical, musical theater
Flute - classical
Music Theory - tonal and post-tonal
Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting
I grew up in Indianapolis Indiana where I attended High School. While in High School I studied Classical Clarinet with Achille Rossi of the Indianapolis Symphony orchestra. My interest at this early stage of my career was and still is in Classical Music. I went on to play with many of the All-City and All-state Orchestras.
After my graduation from High School, my interest in jazz began to blossom. I went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston Ma. Where I was a Performance Major and earned my four year professional performance certificate. Studying all aspects of Jazz Composition- Arranging- Performance. I studied Clarinet with Andre Lizotte ( Principle Clarinetist with the Boston Opera Co.) Improvisational techniques for Tenor Saxophone and Flute with Joe Viola ( Woody Herman). Composition with James Williams ( Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) Paul Schmiling who is the Dean of Composition at Berklee College of Music and Pianist of the Late Great Sarah Vaughn. And Herb Promeroy Arranging.
After Graduation from Berklee I continued to freelance in and around the Boston area before moving to California in 1979 where I continues to freelance and leads the “ Tequila Sundance Band.” I am a gifted well rounded Musician who can help you bridge any gap in your playing or performance.
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It is my approach to empower the student and inspire them through my experiences and participation with many of the jazz masters that I have studied with while attending Berklee. Sharing stories and listening to many of the masters of their instruments ( Piano-Clarinet-Saxophone-Flute) acting and serving as a guide for the (student) as you travel and shape own path of Musical development and personal growth.
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-Lead guitarist for the main services at Fountain of Truth Family Worship Center and one of the many guitarists in the youth band (High School Ministry/Young Adults Ministry) at Fountain of Truth Family Worship Center called The Remnant. Here I play with singers such as Mark Gutierrez and Aaron Gutierrez who are former American Idol Contestants and recording artists.
-Have over 6 years of playing the acoustic and electric guitar.
-Have over 8 years of playing the alto saxophone.
-Played in my high school jazz band for 4 years, 2 years as lead alto, and am now currently playing in the Cal Poly Poly Pomona Jazz Band.
-Currently a music major studying at Cal Poly Pomona working on getting my Bachelor's Degree in Music.
Guitar Lessons and Alto Saxophone Lessons:
Lessons will follow this order: warm-up, look over assignment/music analyzation, assign take-home assignment.
I am a very patient person and I have absolutely no problem with focusing on one area of difficulty for a long duration of time if my student is having a lot of trouble with that particular thing. I will never teach a student something that is too challenging for them, instead I will help to them to increase their playing level so that some day they'll be able to perform something that's really challenging. I love receiving questions and I love answering them too so my students never have to be afraid about asking me anything, I'm here to help! I want to make learning music and playing an instrument fun for you because music is fun! I'm also more than happy to teach my students songs that they want to learn if that's what they would like to learn at the lessons (just not heavy metal music). I hope that you will consider choosing me as your teacher! I look forward to seeing you soon!
"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."