Michael Crawford
Philadelphia, PA
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Michael Crawford

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a composer, I have a strong background and love for music theory. I believe that learning theory will complement and inform your music-making and help you understand how music is put together. ~

My approach involves developing both written and aural skills while finding practical applications for these abilities by analyzing pieces that you are performing and exploring how theoretical knowledge can make you a better performer.

About Michael C.

A bit about me - in my creative work, I like to explore narrative and extramusical ideas through sound. I'm often inspired by literature, visual art, dance, and my Japanese heritage. I'm a recent graduate of Temple University with a Master's in Music Composition, and my work has been presented by performers including Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians and Vega String Quartet. As a violinist, I perform regularly in Philadelphia, NYC, and D.C. with the Independence String Ensemble and ENAensemble, and had a chance to travel and perform in Armenia in October 2019 as part of the WCIT World Orchestra.

I look forward to learning about your musical goals and seeing how I can help you achieve them!


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5 Reviews
Paige Q
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I have been a student of Michael’s for approximately 7 months. My only previous experience with violin had been one year in elementary school band class and 8 months with a private teacher. When my private teacher’s lesson schedule changed, I was introduced to Michael and was greatly impressed by his skill level and teaching style. I have learned so much more than I had expected in each lesson, like how to self-tune, use a metronome, shift, and various other techniques. Michael constantly offers feedback on how I can execute techniques better, and I feel that this helps me to learn more effectively. He is always challenging me by giving me harder pieces and scales. I have even been told by my high school orchestra conductor that I have improved so much and she is constantly surprised by how fast I am learning. I highly recommend having Michael as a teacher for anyone looking to learn how to play the violin.

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Akshay R
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Michael is very talented and he is a great instructor. He explains the techniques really well. Very professional and supportive. I highly recommend him!

Posted Apr 25, 2020
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Micheal is a fantastic teacher that manages to solve every question and problem I have about my instrument. His teaching technique breaks down complex things into easy-to-understand lessons that help give me and his other students great comprehension of the topics that we need to know to become better musicians. I sincerely cannot recommend him enough to beginning and intermediate musicians.

Posted Apr 23, 2020
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We took violin lessons with him(Mother and my son).
He’s knowledgeable,professional and friendly!
I appreciated it that he gives us very practical advice until for next time.

He’s playing violin model for us,it’s really gracious,you’ll see!!

Actually,he can speak Japanese,too!
If there’s parent who would want to communicate with teacher in Japanese,it would be really helpful for you!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
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Michael's unique way of approaching the methods of teaching complex thoery in a very simple manner, is marvelous !! He is kind and patient and has these rare qualities as a well deserved teacher. Michael is also a very respected and a well known amazing violinist and composer with a unique identity !!
I believe the community is very fortunate to have such a wonderful teacher and musician of his caliber !!

Posted Apr 21, 2020

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Jul 2019 - Present

Independence String Ensemble

Violin and cello duo performing the greatest classical works and arrangements of popular music in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and NYC.

Sep 2018 - Present


Violinist for new music chamber opera and multimedia performance ensemble in Philadelphia.

Publishing Assistant
Jun 2018 - Present

Jennifer Higdon Inc.

Publishing assistant for composer, Jennifer Higdon.

Music Teacher
Mar 2018 - Present

Music & Arts Lawrence Park

Teaching violin and piano lessons to a studio of 16 students.

Apr 2018 - Apr 2020

Temple Composers Orchestra

Served for three consecutive years as concertmaster of the Temple Composers Orchestra, which premieres works by Temple student composers.

Archival Researcher
Nov 2019 - Mar 2020

Steven Gerber Trust

Conducted research on compositional process in the archived sketches of composer Steven Gerber at the Haverford College Library.

Section Violinist
Sep 2019 - Oct 2019

2019 World Congress for Information Technology Orchestra

Performed in Yerevan, Armenia as a member of the 2019 World Congress for Information Technology Orchestra.

Section Violinist
Oct 2016 - May 2017

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra

Substitute violinist at LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.


Master of Music in Composition
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Temple University

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Emory University



Limited Proficiency


Sudler Prize in the Arts
May 2017

Emory University

Concerto and Aria Competition Winner
Oct 2015

Emory University Symphony Orchestra

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