Michael Block

Michael B.

Chicago, IL

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About

Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2009

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michael is a talented musician, composer and educator. As a performer for over 18 years, he has played with a variety of talented groups including the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, The Wheaton Municipal Band, The Chicago Concert Winds, The Kelly Bell Band of Baltimore Maryland, The Staff Blues Band, Little Boy Junior, Rusty Gates, and The Casual Ties. He has also performed on stage with several big names including Bob Mintzer, Scott Wendholt, and Wayne Bergeron. At Eastern Illinois University he was taught and mentored by their accomplished jazz faculty: Paul Johnston (Piano) and Sam Fagaly (Saxophone.) Michael has also won several academic awards including The "Eastern Illinois Talented Student Scholarship," and the "EIU Jazz Alumni Scholarship."

Michael is currently Music Teacher and Orchestra Director at John Spry Elementary School as well as Music Theory teacher at Community Links High School.

Now offering instrument rental: Competitive pricing, free repairs and quality instruments!!

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Experience

Music Theory Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Community Links High School (CPS)

General Music Teacher & Orchestra Director
Jul 2013 - Present
John Spry Elementary School (CPS)

Director of Jazz Bands
Jul 2011 - Jun 2012
Benet Academy

Education

Music Performance: Jazz Studies
Aug 2005 - May 2011
Eastern Illinois University
Music Education: Teacher Certification
Aug 2005 - May 2011
Eastern Illinois University

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Illinois Teaching License
May 2011
Illinois State Board of Education

Type 10 Special (Music)
Certified K-12

Photos & Videos

Live at Metro Chicago!
Live at the Double Door in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL with my regular group, Little Boy Jr.
Photo by Michael B.

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Live at the Hard Rock Cafe!

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3 Reviews

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Jada Curry Nov 12, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Michael is a great instructor. He has the patience and knowledge it takes to be a great saxophone instructor. I would recommend him to anyone who is serious and want quality lessons.

Yulia B. Mar 21, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Michael is a very talented teacher with unique creative approach. Lessons are organized, but a lotos fun! I've learned a lot from him.

Chris P. Jan 25, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Michael is extremely knowledgeable and passionate abut teaching music, I am excited to continue taking lessons.

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