Michael M.

Michael M.

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★★★★★
19 Reviews
Pennington, NJ

Piano

Levels Taught: Beginner

About Michael M.

Background Check: Last verified 10/31/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical talent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyboard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications

Photos and Videos

Vocal Solo accompanied by piano, Choir, Congregation

Student Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starting late I began with Mike not quite one year ago when in my 60s. I had played a woodwind many years ago, but hadn't played since college and was interested in beginning the piano as a new hobby. Mike has been great to work with. He answers every question of mine with patience and clarity. The pacing of the lessons and assignments is particularly good. He is also flexible when changes have to be made to lessons because of work scheduling. Additionally, he is very easy to get in touch with by phone or text. Having questioned myself as to whether beginning at my age was possible or practical, Mike has certainly answered both with a resounding "yes". April 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing teacher My daughter is taking lessons with Mike for over 2 months now. Mike is extremely patient and encourages her alot. He is amazing with kids and makes the lessons more fun. We are glad that we found him because she really enjoys the class with him. January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pleasure to work with I have been taking singing lessons with Mike for almost 3 months and he has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We both are already starting to see growth in my skills as a singer and I surprise myself at every lesson. Mike is very patient and provides excellent feedback. He is very lively and outgoing which makes each lesson fun and exciting. I am able to work on a variety of songs which include classic, pop and broadway allowing me to learn my strengths and challenges. I would recommend Mike as a vocal teacher. January 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Teacher! My son has been taking lessons for about two months with Mike and we can't say enough good things about him! He is very patient and makes each lesson fun. He is great with kids - very encouraging. November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr. Mike is a great teacher. Having sung most of my life but never having had a sing lesson, Mr. Mike made me feel at ease. He gave me some techniques to work on and worked with me each lesson. Great teacher. November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing and caring teacher Mike is someone I would recommend to anyone with any musical background. Makes every lesson fun. He has many different approaches to helping his students when it comes to learning a new difficult technique or song. Extremely patient, and always encourages you to do better than your best. Can't go wrong with Mike, best of luck! August 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good teacher My son has recently started taking piano lessons with Mike. He loves them already! Mike is full of energy, amiable and takes care to explain the nuances of what he is teaching. It is fun to watch him and my son during their class. December 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very patient and experienced. June 20, 2012