Michael Block

Michael B.

Chicago, IL

About Michael B.

Michael teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2009
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

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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Live at Metro Chicago!

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 Spoken

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Illinois Teaching License
May 2011
Illinois State Board of Education

Type 10 Special (Music)
Certified K-12

3 Reviews on Michael B.

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Jada Curry Nov 12, 2016
Verified Student · 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.
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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.
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Chris P. Jan 25, 2016
Verified Student · Saxophone · In home
Michael is extremely knowledgeable and passionate abut teaching music, I am excited to continue taking lessons.
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