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.
Learn to play the trumpet beginning with how to buzz the lips, use the breath for support and good posture. Learn maintenance for the instrument and good technique. The student will learn notes, scales, key signatures and note values.
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.
Beginner lessons designed to give the student a solid foundation on which to build their musical goals.
Hi, my name is Ron. I am a drummer and trumpet player located in Oviedo, Florida. I have been involved in music since elementary school. I had my own band as a teenager and also played in several bands, which included rock, jazz, country and all occasion bands. Along the way I married, went to night school to finish college, worked full-time, was in the Air Guard and played music at nights and on the weekends. Currently I play drums and trumpet for the Faith Assembly Jazz Big Band and jazz combo, a music ministry dedicated to sharing the joy of music to the elderly in nursing homes, senior com
munities, and the local VA nursing home. I have also been part of the music ministry at my church.
I have a sincere desire to teach and have held teaching and training positions in past professions. Teaching is a fulfilling endeavor. It is quite exciting and rewarding seeing an individual progress from the first beat or note to playing a complete song. Music is truly the universal language. I would be grateful for the opportunity to help you on your journey of learning and experiencing the joy of learning to play drums or trumpet.
*** Lesson Details *** After much research, I decided to use the Drumsense program which is the best teaching program available. The teaching material is excellent and my training as a Drumsense tutor is on-going which insures that you as my student will be receiving the most through and up-to-date techniques. The structured nature of the Drumsense program helps to quickly determine your level of playing ability. This structure also gives you a clear road-map for your study of the drums. With the varied combination of grooves, fills, play-along and reading exercises, the variety of the Drumsense program keeps the interest level high, which is the most important learning ingredient.
In addition to Drumsense we will be learning from an assortment of material from some of the best drummers around including Dave Weckl, Tommy Igoe, Stanton Moore, Rich Lackowski, Jim Chapin and others. After 3 to 6 months with consistent lessons and the all important practice time, you will be learning drum rudiments, stick control, syncopation, independence and play a variety of beats, and fills in addition to enjoying the play-along CD's that are available.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Room: Gretsch Catalina Club drum set, audio and video recording equipment. My personal trumpet is a Bach Stadivarius.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should have a basic drum set or trumpet, music stand, metrodome, and note pad. I will provide various CD's, books, and videos appropriate to the students level to use during the lesson period.
Learn about music and how to play trumpet. Music is a universal interactive language that transcends other types of teaching in a non-threatening approach and reaches the soul in a direct way.
Hi there! My name is Dawn L., I'm fingerprinted & background approved & cleared since 2004. I've been coaching and teaching privately since 1990. I'm available for personalized in-home one-on-ones or group sessions at a location of your choice. After all, everyone is an individual! Harness your destiny! I aim to enhance your strengths that will equip you in achieving your goals and dreams so you can really experience an abundant life by being the best and highest expression of yourself. Schedule an appointment now to reserve time slot(s) to best fit your schedule – I can't wait to meet yo
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I am a conscientious, positive, detailed, healthy, open minded teacher, coach and certified heath and wellness counselor. I attended Schaumburg High School, was accepted to Miami University - Coral Gables Music for Recording Engineering and attended Northern Illinois University for music with trumpet as my primary instrument. I have performed publicly for over 30yrs. My professional portfolio exhibits having bought, owned and sold several homes; developed, founded and established several businesses as and owner/operator becoming debt free before age 35; semi-retired in 2005 as wife, a full time mother of 2 teenage daughters, wife, spiritual counselor and teacher, a Supernatural Intuitive and Empath educating others toward their own personal experience of transformational healing. In 2010, I completed a (7)seven-year Carmelite vocational discernment, 3rd order formation, and final profession in the Diocese of Orlando. I graduated from Kerala Ayurveda as a certified ayurvedic wellness counselor. With extensive leadership experience and hands on involvement, I've partnered with a variety of ministries and organizations.
I enjoy many simple things like spending time with family & friends cooking, eating, singing, playing, laughing. strawberry/blueberry picking and relaxing; outdoor adventures to the beach, ocean, springs, parks, mountains & valleys; running, sitting or long romantic walks lakeside; boating and motorcycle cruising; ice cream before it melts; dancing merengue, hip hop, jazz and in the rain; listening to music and playing trumpet, praising, glorifying Our Lord remaining active, being happy and healthy and helping others experience life's abundance.
Students are raving about their Trumpet instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Rhonda
"Jesse is the perfect instructor for my family. We have been with Jesse for 9 months and my 11 year old son still looks forward to his lessons and practic
ing. We started at beginner trumpet, then added voice lessons and will soon start the family guitar lessons. Jesse's lessons are never boring. He always does something new and always asks what the student wants to play. Jesse is more than an instructor because he has taught my son to love music. He has exceeded my expectations."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Karen
"Barrett is a great teacher. My son has improved in technique, range and improvisation. Barrett has also expanded my son's interest in exploring different
genres of music."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Amanda
"Alex's approach to teaching is tailored to each student's goals and interests. As an adult learner I am interested in playing in an amateur ensemble. He's
helped me with tone, range and articulation. I feel more than prepared to begin playing with a group. I highly recommend Alex for a musician of any age!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Kate
"Michael is amazing! Genuine, intuitive and in tune with building a music foundation that draws on playing, listening, reading and writing!
My son is over
the moon with his lessons with Michael! He is 10 years old and totally engaged. In his words, "Michael is really good at explaining music and making it fun." The improvent after three lessons was completely noticeable- and the invitations to see Michael perform are inspirational. We have found a truly gifted musician and teacher!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Beth
"Brendan came to provide trumpet lessons for a student at the middle and high school school where I teach. He was very helpful, flexible, and friendly. Tha
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Ken
"Max is a nice guy, patient, and very knowledgeable. I look forward to my weekly lessons with him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Christy
"Katie has helped my son refresh his skills and learn new ones on the trumpet. She is always on time, pleasant, and goes the extra mile with regular progr
ess updates and provides practice music. My son is 11 years old and love his lessons with Katie, so much that it is why Tuesdays are his favorite day of the week. I highly recommend Katie!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Cooper
"Estela has been great. She really connects with my son and he is re-interested in applying himself. He had started to lose interest with his last teache
Columbia, SC teacher:
Review by Michael
"First lesson was great. William is cool and informative. I'm am looking forward to working together!"