Michael Bent
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Michael Bent

Michael B.

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Fun and easy to learn cello lessons!

About Michael B.

New York City based cellist, Michael, has gained popularity for his performances from coast to coast in the United States and overseas. One of his memorable accomplishments include being a winner in the Lowe’s Has Talent competition in February 2018. Michael was selected as one of thirteen performers out of 260 contestants, to perform in Las Vegas for 3,500 Lowe’s employees.

Throughout his musical career, Michael has “accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments” - Deborah Walker of I am Nyack. From bands, chamber ensembles, weddings, and church performances, to television appearances on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network and Queens Public Television, and performances on stage at Lincoln Center, Michael has engaged a broad spectrum of audiences through his art. His work is also available on CD, as he has recorded and produced an album entitled The Gift with classically-trained pianist, Jason Thomas.

Michael is also a member of the traveling orchestra and choir, The SymphoNYChorus (TSC), under the leadership of Director Henric Ideström. In TSC, Michael plays cello and sings bass in the choir, this gives him the opportunity to share his art through various musical genres including classical, gospel, and contemporary music in concert. In the summer of 2019, Michael joined TSC in their trip to the United Kingdom, where he performed in several cities in England.

Currently a student at School for Strings in Manhattan, Michael is pursuing his certification in Suzuki Cello with teacher trainer, Pamela Devenport. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Cello Performance at Nyack College in Manhattan, where he studied with Byung Kook-Kwak, Michael Katz, and Sujin Park. Michael enjoys teaching private cello lessons in the Queens and Long Island area, and he studies with Marta Reilly, cello professor at Nyack College.

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Eugene
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When the sorrows of your heart overwhelms you, there isn’t a better way to receive healing than music! Thank you Michael for your piece!

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Amanda
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Michael Bent is a great musician overall! He is very patient and always willing to help you in any weakness you struggle with as a musician! I am proud to say we are graduated from the music school of Nyack College!

Posted Jul 1, 2020
Cliff
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I am Cliff Smith, conductor and Professor of Music. I’ve had the esteemed pleasure of hiring Michael Bent to play Cello in many different settings. He has proved himself to be an excellent musician. He is very well organized, punctual, and has great musicality. As one of his professors, he practices consistently and is always well prepared. I have watched him teach other students who were beginners and intermediate level players. He was a great example for his students and he was excellent helping his students take their musicianship to the next level

I give Michael Bent my highest recommendation.

Posted Jun 24, 2020
Amy
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Michael is an attentive, creative and exceptional teacher. His musical talents and passion for instructing are ever present. I would highly recommend Michael for anyone who is seeking either basic and advanced instruction.

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Alyson
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Michael is super personable and a patient teacher. It was an honor to learn from him.

Posted May 29, 2020
Odayne
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Mike is diligent and extremely knowledgeable about music skills and craft. He’s an excellent performer and very patient.

Posted May 29, 2020
Latoya
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Michael is great instructor, he has a lot of patience with me.

Posted May 29, 2020
Miles
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Micheal is the best instructor I’ve ever worked with. He took his time to explain to me every note, every melody, the whole process really! I’ve watched courses, read books, went on YouTube and I feel like I’ve learned more from Michael than I have with any other educational material. My only problem was I didn’t have more time to learn from him. He gives great instructions, he’s patient, kind and I recommend his services to every musician I know. 5 stars!!!

Posted May 29, 2020
Jonathan
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Michael is an amazing instructor. He is always professional, and very patient. You can tell that he’s very passionate about music, and also has an educational background that makes him very knowledgeable when it comes to music and teaching music.

Posted May 29, 2020
Randy
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Fantastic teacher!!! Patient, knowledgeable, and love for teaching and for growth!! Would recommend him to anyone looking to grow in their cello playing experience!!

Posted May 28, 2020
Theodore
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Having an opportunity to work with Michael in any capacity is a win win opportunity. As a teacher, performer, consultant he brings to the table an unusual skill set; the most outstanding being his people skills and ability to teach.

Posted May 28, 2020
Myron
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Michael is passionate about his craft, but he's also super charismatic and friendly. The combination makes any sit-down with him a pure delight.

Posted May 28, 2020
Vanessa
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Amazing cello instructor and friend! Very dedicated, patient and kind. He works well with children, teens and adults and helps them reach their musical potential and abilities through sight reading, ear training and music theory. Michael reflects his love for music through his playing technique!

Posted May 27, 2020
Michele
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Michael is one the best cello players I have heard! I have had the pleasure working with him on numerous occasions and he has been nothing but the consummate professional. He takes his art very seriously and would make sure the students will learn thoroughly. He has a knack of teaching without it being overbearing to the student. I highly recommend him and his superb services.

Posted May 27, 2020
Katherine Class
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Michael Bent is amazing! You can hear and see the passion when he plays his Cello, he is a wonderful instructor and he does the best job whenever he teaches.

Posted May 26, 2020
Car
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I am thankful for the time I have been able to work and collaborate with Michael. He is a great person to learn from!

Posted May 26, 2020
Nigel
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Amazing artist! i have followed his social platforms for a few years and i have heard him play live, amazing teacher as well

Posted May 26, 2020
Ayanna
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Michael is a great teacher. He’s very patient with students of all ages and is very knowledgeable about the Cello. His teaching methods enable the student to have good recall of the different techniques and notes. He’s a good teacher for all levels of cello experience. Great guy and very friendly as well.

Posted May 26, 2020
Daniella
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Michael is an awesome cellist and an incredible teacher. He is extremely patient with his students. He has so much passion for what he does.

Posted May 25, 2020
Gloria
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Michael is a talented musician. His passion for the cello makes the each lesson a unique and delightful experience. He is knowledgeable and he provides many tools that help any player improve and learn quickly. Simply put, he is an outstanding cello teacher

Posted May 25, 2020
Nadine
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A great teacher is most often one who is passionate about their craft and Michael brings the Cello to life! The fact that he has an easy going and patient personality only adds to the quality of time that he spends with his pupils. He holds them to the same high standard to which he holds himself. As a parent, this is well worth every dollar that is spent on lessons with him.

Posted May 25, 2020
Vicky
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Michael, is an excellent instructor. His passion as a cellist is exemplified in how he teaches his students. He is very patient and goes above and beyond to help his cello students master the instrument. He is dedicated to providing his students with an enriching musical experience. I highly recommend him as a cello instructor!

Posted May 25, 2020
Monique T.
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Michael is a very patient Instructor which is what I needed. I am grateful for his scheduling flexibility and his skills and knowledge.

Posted May 25, 2020
O I
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He is so blessed, with talent! He’s a patient teacher, as well.

Posted May 24, 2020
Ashley
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Michael is a phenomenal teacher, he is patient, as well as kind and is always willing to make sure that his students succeed. Anyone who is in need of cello instructor Michael Bent is your best bet.

Posted May 23, 2020
Veronica
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Michael has been teaching my son for over 3 years now. He is very patient and has an excellent attitude. He is always with a smile and has supported my son 100 %. Michael is very reliable and goes out his way to make sure my son gets all the little details. The first day of lessons Michael brought my son a notebook to work on his theory. He gives him homework so he can continue to practice every day. I think my son has continued playing the cello all these years partly because he loves Michael as his teacher. Michael is an excellent cellist and a role model to my son. Even my 21 month old loves to sit and listen to Michaal teaching. Best teacher you can have !!

Posted May 23, 2020
Jenessey
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He’s very informative about the cello. Great player and great teacher! Would totally recommend, definitely your moneys worth!

Posted May 22, 2020
Elizabeth
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Throughout my college experience of knowing Michael Bent. I’ve noticed how gifted he is. Not only is he gifted, but he takes his craft very seriously. When he plays the cello you can see the Love displayed throughout his music. I know that he would make an awesome teacher. Everyone is drawn to Michael because of his sweet and humbled spirit. I highly recommend!

Posted May 21, 2020
Victoria
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Micheal is a great teacher! He is very patient. He enjoys what he does. He knows what he is doing, but has fun doing what he loves best. My child enjoys his lessons. I would definitely recommend others to take his class. You won’t regret it!

Posted May 21, 2020
Colette
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Mr Bent is a wonderful teacher. He makes learning the cello enjoyable.

Posted May 21, 2020
Jerry
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I have known Michael for 3 years and have had many opportunities to see him perform. He is an excellent cellist and a very kind and patient person.

Posted May 21, 2020
Rosana
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Michael is a passionate musician and is a very diligent/hardworking individual. He is also very patient and encouraging. He believes and motivates others to never give up. He’s one of the best because not only is He is great musician, every piece that He plays is played not only with raw talent and skill, but with emotion. He is highly recommend as a Cello Instructor!!

Posted May 20, 2020
Beverly B
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Professional, great with adults and children, and is passionate about his instrument!

Posted May 20, 2020
Esther
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I highly recommend Michael for lessons. Michael’s diligence, passion for music, and his patience when sharing his knowledge with varying age groups/levels truly sets him apart as an instructor.

Posted May 20, 2020
Jessica
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Michael is a patient teacher who works step-by-step with his students to ensure their understanding. He is kind and caring, treating his students with respect and kindness through their learning journey. Michael is also a great musician, and imparts his passion for music to his students!

Posted May 19, 2020
Funso
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Michael is a wonderful cellist and has been asked to play at different events throughout NY and NJ. He is incredibly patient and kind. If you are interested in learning and learning from a compassionate teacher, he is your guy!

Posted May 19, 2020
Kristie
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Michael is a great teacher and performer! I’m thankful that I have had the opportunity to work alongside him for a few years because it was very helpful to my career. He was always professional and patient!! Kids love him!

Posted May 19, 2020
Jason
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Michael is so warm, friendly, and patient. I watched him teach a 4 year old student. It was so fun to watch. He is a very good teacher and an excellent cellist.

Posted May 19, 2020
Alexa
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If I could give 10 stars I would!! Michael is beyond patient, intelligent, and hilarious. My son loves learning to play the cello, and gets so excited when it’s time to practice. Michael truly makes learning interesting, and when COVID is finished conquering, we will look forward to having in person sessions. Thanks Michael!!!!

Posted May 18, 2020
Tim
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Michael has been teaching my daughter for almost 2 years. He's patient, creative, and inspiring. I couldn't ask for a better instructor!

Posted May 18, 2020

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Experience

Cello Teacher
Jul 2017 - Present

Private Teacher

Musician
Feb 2017 - Present

Community Reformed Church

Cellist
May 2007 - Present

Musician

Education

Suzuki Cello Teacher Certification
Sep 2019 - Present

School for Strings

Cello Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Nyack College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Sep 2019
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
The SymphoNYChorus
Oct 2016
The SymphoNYChorus is a group of volunteers committed to professional excellence with members coming together from all boroughs of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area. We put on two major productions a year, one at Christmas and a themed concert in the spring , while also performing regular repertoire in the region once or twice a month. Our music spans across the genres - gospel, contemporary, classical, Broadway, spirituals, and more.

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