Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Philadelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.
Michael has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.
Michael is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.
*** Lesson Details ***
Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.
Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.
*** Specialties ***
Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.
Teaches students 5 and up
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 2000
I am very new to the instrument. Michael is patient and teaches me a lot of new knowledge to learn and practice.
First day was great!!!
My granddaughter tried to talk me into canceling her lesson . After her lesson she said she liked it.
Great first lesson. Prompt engaging professional and patient
Felt comfortable wth Mike. Easy going right now. He sent me 6 exercises.
Michael is a great Guitar teacher,And he's a Deadhead!!!
Michael was an amazing teacher. he worked very well with my 7 year old. He really knows how to connect with kids as well as adults and keeps them interested. He is very talented and knowledgeable about many instruments, always on time and super professional. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Michael he is amazing!Show More
Able to teach age appropriately and skill level. Super engaging for our little one!! Professional. Our son is excited for his next lesson!!
My kids lovedo him my younger ones will be taking guitar lessons from him again soon
Michael has been very patient wiht my son from the very begining of classes, always trying to encourage him to improve and learn from his mistakes. I would definitely recommend Michael as a Teacher to anyone who is looking to start learning an instrument.
Took the time to see how much I knew before hand.and was patient with me when I made mistakes
This was my son, Tim's, first lesson with Michael. Tim is an individual with autism. Although he was having a "bad" day and moment when Michael arrived, Michael started playing and engaged Tim enough to get him to calm down and play also. It was a great first lesson. Thanks, Michael!Show More
Mike is very knowledgeable and helpful, and his lessons are always fun. We spend time both working on exercises and learning actual songs, which has made me a better guitarist.
Michael has been teaching my son for several months. He is punctual, prepared and follows-up. He is creative in his approach and has clever ways to motivate my son to try harder and stay focused. He's a talented artist and teacher.
Michael is a great musician, he is great at teaching and very patient. I would recommend Michael to my friends and family, my daughter really enjoys her lessons.
great voice instructor
highly recommended, reliable, professional with good communication skills
Original Gift Idea
I purchased 5 lessons from Michael as a Christmas gift for my wife. It was a fantastic idea- she loves her lessons! Michael is a very skilled teacher and I have already noticed improvements in my wife's playing.
I highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a music teacher.
Very knowledgable and patient
Michael is a great teacher with a wide variety of experience. I have learned many new techniques and skills while under his direction. He has been very patient with me as I get re-acquainted with the instrument. He is flexible and quickly adjusted to my learning style.
Philadelphia University of the Arts
Philadelphia University of the Arts
Fluent / Native Proficiency
State of New Jersey
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