Michael Dalton

Michael D.

Camano Island, WA

Lesson Details

Trombone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a enthusiastic teacher who connects well with students. I teach jazz improvisation and technique in creative ways with the goal of ensuring self confidence and fun!

I graduated from Garfield High School in 2017 where I was in the top band for four years. I traveled to New York as a part of the national Essentially Ellington competition and festival and won sectional awards.
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About

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

Teaching since:
2010

I have been teaching trombone privately for 7 years. I love teaching, especially building confidence and a sense of pride in the skills which my students attain. I work towards also being able to impart the true end goal, a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
I am living on Camano this summer. Feel free to request a lesson if you're unsure of my availability. I'm happy to clarify!
I perform in any place and setting I can get my hands on. In small combos, in medium ensembles and in big bands, as a back-up for vocalists and miscellaneous. I love engaging an audience, a skill I have used also performing and hosting with an improv troupe for more than 3 years.

Experience

Trombone Section Member
Sep 2017 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Jazz Big Band

Trombone Section Leader
Sep 2017 - Present
Indigo Jazz Band

Band Assistant Teacher
Aug 2013 - Present
Jane Addams Middle School

Assistant Group Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jul 2014
Seattle Music Partners

Education

Education and Environmental Studies
Sep 2017 - Present
The Evergreen State College
Graduated 4 Years from Garfield High School Top Jazz band
Sep 2012 - Jun 2017
Garfield
Top Jazz Band All 3 Years
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Hamilton IMS

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Outstanding Trombone Section
May 2016
Essentially Ellignton: Wynton Marsalis
Outstanding Jazz Soloist
Oct 2015
Lionel Hampton Jazz Competition

Photos & Videos

Watch this first! This is a compilation of memorable performances I have had.
This is a video of a combo I ran playing at Columbia City Theatre.
This is a video of the Garfield Jazz band at Essentially Ellington. Me or my section are featured at 8:46-9:21, 12:17-13:08, 14:26- 15:10.

4 Reviews

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Brooks Dec 11, 2017
Trombone · In home

Excellent knowledge and ease of communication

John Jul 2, 2017
Trombone · In home

Michael is an excellent musician and teacher. He is patient, nurturing, encouraging, enthusiastic, and fun. I highly recommend him.

Dan Jul 2, 2017
Trombone · In home

Michael is an excellent teacher as he communicates well with his students and has such a welcoming personality that encourages students to do their best. He gives students appropriate music that will challenge them at their current playing ability along with making it fun to learn and move on to the next level.He would be an excellent choice for a private teacher for trombone.

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Taryn Jul 1, 2017
Trombone · In studio

My son has been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now. Michael is a recent graduate of the Garfield High School extraordinary jazz program and has an absolute gift for teaching and motivating young trombonists. Michael has a contagious passion for the trombone that shapes his lessons. In my son's words, "he's just overall awesome!" Not only has my son greatly improved in technical aspects of the instrument, he has developed a huge appreciation and interest in jazz and music in general. Michael has my highest possible recommendation!

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