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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2015

Hello! I’m a singer-songwriter with a passion for teaching. I have honed my technique through writing several hundred songs and working within the scope of a variety of genres. Additionally, I have recorded a few albums with various bands/projects I have lead/been apart of. I enjoy writing in the styles of rock, folk, jazz, and pop.

I first got the teaching “bug” when I had the opportunity to instruct a group of high school students on songwriting at an arts school during the summer. Since then I’ve been teaching private lessons in songwriting, guitar, piano, and voice for three years and I’ve graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with bachelors degrees in Music Industry and Jazz Studies.

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Experience

Instructor (Piano/Guitar/Voice/Songwriting)
Jul 2016 - Present
Blue Tree Music Education

Instructing students of all ages on a variety of instruments.

Guitar Instuctor
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Flatland Guitar

Instructing students ranging from age six to adult. Focusing on basic technique, note reading, tablature, and improvisation.

Sound Recording Instructor
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Trollwood Performing Arts School

I taught a group of high school students the art of sound recording over the course of one month.

Songwriting Instructor
Jun 2015 - Jul 2016
Trollwood Performing Arts School

I instructed a group of high school students on the craft of songwriting over the course of one month.

Education

Music Industry
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Jazz Studies
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016
Minnesota State University Moorhead

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

BMI
Jun 2017

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Submission to the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest - under my singer-songwriter moniker, The Weeping Covenant.
Recording a video for my submission to the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

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Kyle Jun 22, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Michael was a wonderful teacher. He was extremely supportive and patient, and his passion for music was inspirational. He understood my interests and strengths, and helped me feel at ease in pushing my boundaries. He is a really kind, genuine guy who was a joy to work with.

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