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Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!
In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!
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We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us feel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
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Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.
*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years.
I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. . I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and isntrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Violin) from the artistically vibrant and widely recognized music program at Central Washington University, I traveled to the nationally recognized Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where I am currently in my 2nd year of my Master's Degree in Music. I have been teaching both in-home and in a professional capacity since 2005. Having personally prepared many auditions, I have both experiential and technical advice to offer intermediate to advanced players. Music theory and its applications is another one of my passions and I am always excited to share this knowledge in all instrumental lessons, which include both violin and viola. Lessons through this website will be held at the School of Music at ASU in the practice room facilities which are secured with card-key access, and are very private and comfortable. All styles of playing are welcome! Beginners are usually started on the Suzuki program.
I also have experience teaching at the incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed LindaMood-Bell Learning Processes where I worked with children K-12+ on phonemic awareness and reading comprehension, knowledge which would be a perfect match for anyone looking to enhance their child's reading skills (many of the clients I have worked with were diagnosed with learning abilities before enrolling, and all showed significant progress after completing the program).
Phoenix, Arizona is known for its beautiful sunsets and star-filled skies - but itâs also a center of musical innovation for many musicians and artists. Phoenix is home to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and artists such as Stevie Nicks and Jordin Sparks call Phoenix home. Its heavy influence on musicians makes it one of the best cities to learn how to play all types of instruments. Those who love to play the violin, for example, can find a good selection of teachers to work with, and TakeLessons can help you find those local instructors.
The violin is one of those most versatile instruments, allowing players to incorporate the music into jazz, classical, pop and many other genres. Learning the violin will take a lot of dedication and hard work, but with the undivided
attention of a violin teacher, you can reach your goals that much faster.
Our Phoenix violin lessons are taught by certified and safe teachers, all of whom complete a yearly background check and extensive interviews. This process ensures that your private lessons will be exceptional, and youâll feel confident in your decision to book with TakeLessons. Moreover, our 100% Money Back Guarantee allows you to take your first lesson risk-free!
With customized lessons and a roster full of quality teachers, you wonât regret signing up for violin lessons in Phoenix with TakeLessons. Get started today - book online, or call us to speak with a friendly student counselor!
"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."