Jeff Michaels

Jeff M.

Roslindale, MA
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Interested in composing and improvising music? Recent New England Conservatory graduate has a unique training in Composition, Jazz Piano, and Music Theory. This is coupled with real world professional experience including his time playing with main stage entertainment, accompanying broadway style singers, and performing nightly solo lounge piano throughout Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean. His curriculum nurtures the dialectic between love, passion, and excitement being the forefront of musical studies, and a stern understanding of the practical necessities required if a student wishes to take the pursuit to a conservatory and/or professional level. This includes studies in technique relevant to their specific discipline, music theory, ear training, and most importantly listening assignments that broaden the student’s musical palate. All ages and levels welcome.

About Jeff M.

Boston-based composer and jazz pianist Jeffrey earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Frank Carlberg, Anthony Coleman, Kati Agocs, Bert van Herck, and John Malia. An experienced and devoted teacher of piano and composition, he has a particular interest in training students in the skills of improvisation, composition, and music theory.

At NEC, Jeff wrote a number of original compositions, all performed by the NEC Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra under Jeff’s direction. After three years at NEC, he took a leave of absence in order to research different tuning systems and gain a better conceptual understanding of harmony. During this time, he worked as a showband pianist with Norwegian Cruise Lines and traveled throughout the East Caribbean, West Caribbean, the Canadian Maritimes, and Alaska, playing jazz sets and accompanying cabaret singers and other guest entertainers on the mainstage. While aboard ship, Jeff devoted his free time to his own musical development and composition, culminating in the work All the Anthills, an etude for solo violin in 5-limit extended just intonation. (This piece was later premiered by violinist Isabella Costanza and was the subject of Jeff’s Capstone project for his Theory Minor at NEC.)

Jeff’s teaching career began coaching musical theater students at the Theater Arts Workshop in his native Westchester County, New York. While still in his early teens, Jeff maintained a busy performing schedule, participating in and having works performed by ensembles such as the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Big Band and Small Jazz Ensemble and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York Symphony. He was concurrently selected to conduct a six week internship directing the school bands in his own elementary and middle schools. During the summers, he worked as a counselor at summer music festivals such as the New York State Summer Music Festival and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. During his time at NEC, Jeff completed another semester-long teaching internship, which included mentoring a college student at Emmanuel College in music reading skills, piano, and music theory. Since his recent graduation from NEC in May 2018, he has kickstarted a private music teaching studio in a pursuit to give back to the musical community from which he has learned so much.

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Nancy G.
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The best! Excellent musician and teacher.

Posted May 1, 2019
Nancy G.
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Very pleasant and his corrections were very useful. We will learn a double concerto together.

Posted Jan 28, 2019
Michael B.
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Jeff really knows his stuff! Brilliant and very personable young man. As the rating says, "Best instructor ever".

Posted Nov 14, 2018

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Experience

Showband Pianist
Aug 2016 - Jan 2018

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Performed a wide range of music, including jazz, popular music, ballroom dance music, and various Latin styles in both ensemble and solo settings Accompanied approximately sixty singers in main stage cabaret shows Conducted safety training and drills for cruise passengers

Counselor and Music Instructor
Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

New York State Summer Music Festival

Coached children of ages 13-14 in both jazz band and symphony rehearsals daily for nine weeks Cared for eight children at the festival: mentored them, assumed primary responsibility for their safety and well-being, and interfaced biweekly with their parents Formed a jazz ensemble: selected and coached seven players, prepared an arrangement of “Invitation”, and competed in the festival’s student competition Instructed composition students in preparing player-friendly parts of original compositions

Repertoire Coach/ Music Instructor/ Sound Engineer
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Theater Arts Workshop

Instructed children from ages 5-14 in a classroom setting in singing for musical productions Collaborated directly with production director and received regular feedback on instruction abilities Managed light and sound design for twelve productions

Education

Bachelor's of Music Degree, Jazz Composition Major with a Minor in Music Theory
Sep 2013 - May 2018

New England Conservatory of Music

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