Michael R.

Michael R.

7 Reviews
Phoenix, AZ

About Michael R.

Background Check: Last verified 09/20/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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!

Photos and Videos

This a minor blues from Eugene Friesen (www.celloman.com), who has expanded the role of cello beyond classical forms and, well, the use of a bow in general :)

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Motivated I'm a senior citizen that still works. I played some other instruments when I was younger and always wanted to play piano and Michael has motivated me to continue to learn and fit my practice into my work schedule. Anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument should look no further then Michael. November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent teacher We are thoroughly pleased. The lessons are a highlight of the week........Michael knows how to challenge as well as have fun with each lesson. Thanks for all you do and accommodating us when the schedule requires................. November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great experience Michael has been a great instructor. He has patience and a great piano-side manner. Michael allowed me to choose my own type music and went with my pace, He never made me feel like I wasn't moving forward. It has been a pleasure studying with Michael. March 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review for Micheal R Michael is a wonderful teacher! He is patient, smart, has a great personality,and is a good communicator. He teaches quickly and effectively. In one lesson, he helped correct my bow hand position. As an adult, I am challenged each lesson with something new to learn. At the same time, he adapts to what I enjoy working on and gives me freedom to pick out additional songs I enjoy. He gives honest and encouraging feedback with his online notes. And as a female student, I feel safe at his studio since his conduct is always professional. I highly recommend him as a cello teacher. August 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Michael's style of teaching is just what I was looking for -- works with what I want to do, doesn't put any pressure (stressing that this should be fun), analyzes what I'm doing and works with me to figure out how to best make it better. May 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by After three lessons with Michael Michael aside from being a great musician ( I just realized he has a great CD with medieval music) is a great instructor. He has an infinite patience and knows well how to cheer up the progress made by the student, even if they are minimal. On top of that he has a warm personality, he is kind and well-mannered. He is fantastic!! April 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent with 5 yr old! My daughter can't wait for her piano lessons! She's very excited to show her new skills to family and friends. February 28, 2011