Michael Carsley

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn the basics of music theory which allow us to create musically. Learn about harmony, melody, rhythm and structure (form) of music in order to use the knowledge to compose your own music. Use scales to compose melodies. Learn to use scales to create harmony (chords). Develop your creativity studying music composition.
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Michael teaches



Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 2000

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.

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Master of Arts in Music Education
May 2004 - May 2005
Philadelphia University of the Arts
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1996 - May 2001
Philadelphia University of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jun 2007
State of New Jersey

Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing


Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2005

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Crystals - Of Monsters and Men

Performed by Michael Carsley

Fender 1600 SXE
Logic Pro X
M-Audio Fast Track Pro
Playing bass with Joe DiVita's Steel trio at the Atlantic Casino Beach club in Atlantic City.
Performing on steel pan (steel drum) at a private party in Buckingham PA.
Photo by Michael C.

Photo by Michael C.

Photo by Michael C.


20 Reviews

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Karl Mar 19, 2019
Bass Guitar · In studio

I am very new to the instrument. Michael is patient and teaches me a lot of new knowledge to learn and practice.

Françoise C. May 11, 2018
Guitar · In home

First day was great!!!

Skylin H. Jun 17, 2017
Piano · In studio

My granddaughter tried to talk me into canceling her lesson . After her lesson she said she liked it.

Whitney Oct 17, 2016
Piano · In home

Great first lesson. Prompt engaging professional and patient

Peter G. Oct 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Felt comfortable wth Mike. Easy going right now. He sent me 6 exercises.

Anne Sep 12, 2016
Guitar · In home

Very patient!

Mark P. May 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Michael is a great Guitar teacher,And he's a Deadhead!!!

Jamie M. Mar 9, 2016
Piano · In home

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!

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Gianluca M. Jan 21, 2016
Piano · In home

Able to teach age appropriately and skill level. Super engaging for our little one!! Professional. Our son is excited for his next lesson!!

Erum A. Jan 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

My kids lovedo him my younger ones will be taking guitar lessons from him again soon

Thiago Dec 14, 2015
Drum · In studio

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.

Dave M. Dec 14, 2015
Piano · In home

Great teacher

Thomas D. Dec 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Took the time to see how much I knew before hand.and was patient with me when I made mistakes

Tim M. Nov 24, 2015
Piano · In home

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!

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Andrew F. Jun 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio

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.

Tracy M. Feb 7, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

Wanda R. Nov 11, 2014
Piano · In studio

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.

Yana M. Jan 22, 2014
Singing ·

great voice instructor

highly recommended, reliable, professional with good communication skills

Mandy D. Jan 19, 2014
Upright Bass ·

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.

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Joe D. Jan 17, 2014
Bass Guitar ·

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.

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