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, Michae
l 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.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to conduct my lessons in a casual, real-world manner more as a mentor than a drill sergeant. I teach the basics along with reading, theory, and advanced techniques as they apply to your instrument or voice. We can progress as far as you want to go! I also will expose you to performance skills that will help you stand out as a player or singer. My students have gone on to play under scholarship to music schools, Marine Band, performing groups and more. I will work with beginners to advanced. Let's Make MUSIC!
*** Studio Equipment *** Full Professional Audio & Video Recording Studio CUBASE Recording Software (used by Hans Zimmer) AVID Video Software FINALE Music Notation Software Korg T-1 88-key weighted keyboard Korg X3 61-key Workstation Korg CX-3 Organ single manual drawbar w/Leslie simulation Korg RK-100 Remote Keyboard Controller Arp Pro Soloist Synthesizer Roland TD-5 Electronic Drum Kit with extra Brain Fender Telecoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar (custom) CB700 6-piece 150th Anniversary Drum Kit Zildjian & Paiste Formula 602 Cymbals Wm.F. Ludwig 15" Military Field Snare (vintage) Multiple concert snares and Latin Percussion instruments more...
*** Specialties *** *Drumset - I can teach rock, jazz, recording, etc. *Rudimental Snare- traditional grip, corps & concert style *Timpani/Mallets - Concert/Philharmonic approach *Singing - Pop/Contemporary & Recording performance techniques (Star Search alum & coached for Idol/X-Factor, etc.) *Music Performance and Music Recording - I draw on my years of running recording studios, major label experience and live performance to teach successful techniques for vocals and instrumentalists. *Piano - Can teach traditional style and pop/contemp. kybd style
LORRAINE T. July 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Michael has a lot of experience and is very knowledgeable in his field. He really helped my son with mallets. It was nice to find a percussion teacher who was knowledgeable of all the different percussion instruments and able to teach them all. In addition, his studio was very nice and well equipped.
Learning to play a woodwind instrument takes practice and persistence. The clarinet, like most other woodwind instruments uses similar fingering as the recorder, an instrument most children begin learning in 3rd grade. The clarinetist learns tonguing, breath support and rhythm as well as music theory and performance. The student will learn major and minor scales as well as key signatures and time signatures.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music. For many years she has taught private and group music lessons to all ages and many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves into ways to correct th
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and many have chosen music professions for their careers. Several students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument.
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics CD recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Arvin M. May 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
larry B. March 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lee S. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and creative in teaching, good at communicating her musical ideas with children. My son progressed a lot under her instruction. We really hate to say goodbye to her because we have to leave America. Her classes are part of our best memories here.
I received a clarinet performance degree from Stetson University where I studied music theory and analysis, ear training, symphonic literature, history, etc. In my career as a musician I have performed extensively on the clarinet, flute, and saxophone, as well as being involved in choir and musical theater. I have an acute understanding of the styles of different periods of music and the ability to portray and draw these styles out of my students. I have been teaching private lessons for over 8 years in the Central Florida area.
I ‘m strong believer in the wonderful power of music as a complement of human development. Music is the most abstract of the arts like mathematic is the most abstract of science. I often tell my students and/or their parents that studying music and learning to play an musical instrument is like taking the brain to the gym. I’m passioned with everything related to make music teaching more accessible, easier to understand.
Master in Arts/Music Education, (UCF) Orlando FL, May 2014 Bachelor of Arts/Music, (UW) Madison WI, May 1987 Continue to bring the broad experience of many years of international performance into my teaching methods. This is centered on the development of an innovative system of music teaching and musicianship improvement: MUSIC AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. Fluent in Spanish and Italian. Intermediate communication skills in French and German. RELEVANT EXPERIENCE - Teacher of Music Theory/Voice/Clarinet/Piano/Guitar/Choir Conductor/Band and Orchestra Conductor 2010-Present Valencia Commun
ity College 2010-Present Avalon School of Music 2011-2012 Universidad Central de Bogota- Colombia 2000-2008 Voice Private Lessons- Madrid, Spain 1979-1983 Casa de la Cultura, Carora-Venezuela, Conservatorio Vicente Emilio 1988-2000 Venezuela,Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia-Venezuela, Sitema de Orchestra y Coros Infantiles-Juvenil de Venezuela, Colegio Emil Friedman, Caracas-Venezuela.
Classical clarinet, all essential skills and functions that you need to know
Hello! My name is Alexia and I am working on my degree in music to become a professional musician. In the process, I have been frequently teaching students at middle, high, and even private schools in the area. I also have started to teach privately and I really enjoy it. Just let me know your goals that you want to reach and I will do everything I can to assist you there!
Students are raving about their Clarinet instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by MaryAnn
"Jessica's teaching style encourages learning
Jessica plans her lessons so that technical aspects are covered as well as some music theory. She is patient
, has a positive attitude and provides a lot of encouragement. Her critiques are always constructive. As an older student, I appreciate these attributes very much. I've only been taking lessons for a few months, but Jessica has already provided me with a working knowledge of fundamental music principles and basic playing techniques. She is an excellent teacher!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Kelly
"Jessica has been amazing with my daughter who is making remarkable progress with her and enjoying her instrument at the same time. Thank you Jessica, we
are so happy we found you as you have exceeded our expectations."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by margaret
"great clarinet teacher
Rodrigo has ben my clarinet teacher for a year now. I am an adult learner who started with limited musical background and no prior
knowledge of the clarinet. Rodrigo has been a very knowledgeable and dependable guide who has a positive outlook and an easy-going, flexible style. I have great respect for his expertise. As a teacher myself, I understand the value of an organized approach. His lessons are purposeful and goal-directed. His praise is well-placed and specific, but he does not hesitate to point out areas I need to work on. His "pointing out" most often involves actual examples. I have difficulty transitioning between some fingerings. Rodrigo never tires of showing me how to improve my fingering technique to make it more efficient. Then--and this is important--he listens/watches to make sure I am following through correctly. If not . . . we go through it . . . again. In this manner, he has helped me expand my "comfort zone" with my instrument. He has a wealth of patience. Try as I might, he doesn't let me get away with much. I have always been a master at avoiding things. This characteristic extends beyond the usual everyday chores to my clarinet practice. My clarinet book contains some pieces that require extra effort for me to work through. It is amazing how often I miss these pieces entirely. Rodrigo never misses them. Over time he must have evolved specific "radar" to identify them. He makes sure I at least give them a good try. Little by little, this helps me improve. He does keep things varied and is quick to make a change--in book or approach--if necessary. I am pleased with the progress I have made. When I first started, I had no idea the scope of my undertaking. Rodrigo has helped make the journey enjoyable. More often than not, when I leave my lesson, I have a renewed enthusiasm and a desire to try just a bit harder in my next practice. Rodrigo seems to love what he does--and I would say he does it well. I am fortunate to have him as my teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Betty
"Manda made clarinet fun for my son! She let him express himself, while still learning the fundamentals!
My son was in junior high and Manda showed him ho
w much fun music can be, and while doing that he gained an appreciation for the instrument and is still active in the high school music program."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Sandra
"Manda makes learning fun!
Manda is very focused on her students. She makes you want to learn...she makes each lesson fun. She is very dedicated to her st
udents and their individual needs!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by carolyn
"Dimitry is an excellent clarinetist and professional colleague
I am a professional oboist with a great deal of experience. I have played in an orchestra
with Dimitry for 5 years. I find his principal clarinet playing to be very fine. He is also a very good colleague. While my relation to him is not teacher-student, I judge from his warm personality that he makes an excellent teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Brian
"Alexander has been a wonderful resource for my high school's clarinet studio. He has helped the students to improve their tone and technique in a very su
pportive and encouraging way. His musicianship and teaching skills are first-rate."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Johnny
"My son loves learning from Simon and looks forward to his weekly lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Simon is one of the best teachers I've had out of quite a few. While clearly expert at his instrument, he deeply understands the beginner's perspective.
He always seems to know when to let a certain mistake slide to a future lesson or push you to fix it. Once he's decided that you need to fix it, he can offer multiple different approaches to correcting the problem. Finally, he's just a lot of fun to be around!"