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Michael DiBernardo

Michael D.

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I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I have a Bachelor's in Music Composition and a Master's in Elementary Education.

My teaching style is centered around teaching music through creative exploration. In my years as a teacher, I've run across many different teachers & students who all have varying teaching/learning styles. The one constant is that good teachers adapt their learning style to fit the student's learning style. A student cannot and should not adapt their learning style to fit a teacher's teaching style.

For anyone who has taken one or two lessons and quit, the question is not whether music lessons were right for you, but whether the teacher was right for you. I can get as formal or informal as you'd like, but would never sit a 5 year old down and insist that they only sight read standard notation and work on finger exercises.

I have experience teaching children and adults from 5 to 95. I'd be more than happy to provide references!

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Mariana Aug 12, 2019
Guitar · Online

First, let me start with the fact that I never write reviews. In this case I will make an exception. As a mother of two, I barely have time to go grocery shopping, let alone learn guitar. My husband bought me a guitar for Christmas and I got Michael’s name from an old high school friend who said he’s no longer in our area, but does online lessons. I’ve been able to schedule a lesson once a week online at 9:30 PM when the kids are asleep. I love the convenience, but even more, I’m so happy to have Michael to teach me at my level and on my terms. You rock!

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Angela Aug 12, 2019
Guitar · In home

Mike is truly a great teacher because he actually cares about his students’ progress and enjoyment level. My son got a guitar for Christmas and took lessons at our local music store for about a month and quit because he said it was boring. He loves music, so he continued on his own for a couple years u til her decided to pursue it more seriously. Mike was referred through a family friend and Matthew couldn’t be happier with him. He can’t wait to practice now!!

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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner

I have a degree in Music Composition, which is how I approach teaching piano. My lessons come from a compositional standpoint and are designed to allow you to learn piano through creative exploration.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Nov 2010 - Apr 2012

Oldtown Music

Guitar/bass/ukulele lessons

Music Teacher
Jun 1999 - Apr 2012

M&M Music

Guitar/bass/mandolin/uke


Education

Master's in Elementary Education
Sep 2011 - May 2015

Drexel University

Bachelor's in Music Composition
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Rowan University


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency


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