Michael DeFilippis

Michael D.

Winter Springs, FL

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner level clarinet students. Depending on overall musical experience of the student, the initial focus will be on proper embouchure, beginner music theory, and note reading exercises. Lessons will work in conjunction with other aspects of the students music education, such as music class in school.
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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 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2010

I am an educator, composer, and arranger from Long Island, New York. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from LIU Post. At LIU Post, I studied composition and orchestration with renowned educational composer Carl Strommen, trumpet with Brad Siroky, and conducting with Dr. James McRoy.

I have been teaching privately since high school, and I have taught beginning 5th grade beginning band, middle school band, and high school band. and jazz band in both public and private schools! I have also worked with students with special needs both in school and privately.

I have had a number of works commissioned from me as a composer of educational music for ensembles like the LIU Post Wind Symphony and Manhattan School of Music Precollege Brass Ensemble, among other community and public school groups.

In 2011, I served as a composer-in-residence with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Brass Ensemble, and again in 2012 with the Candlewood Middle School 6th Grade Band in Dix Hills, NY. In the summer of 2012, the LIU Post Wind Symphony commissioned a work from me, entitled “Big Sky Country,” which received its world premiere at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell in Port Washington, New York. The work was then taken on tour and performed overseas in Beijing and Xi’an, China.

I am a winner of two awards from the Global Music Awards (2012) for my works “Big Sky Country,” in the ‘composition’ category and for “Inner City Sounds” in the ‘student band’ category. I continue to write music for educational purposes, and currently list my music on major distributor websites like JWPepper.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Beginner to Advanced
French Horn - Beginner to Intermediate
Piano - Beginner
Clarinet - Advanced Beginner
Trombone - Advanced Beginner
Conducting - Beginner
Alto Saxophone - Beginner
Music Composition - Beginner to Advanced
Arranging - Beginner to Advanced
Orchestration - Beginner to Advanced
Music Theory - Beginner to Advanced
Ear Training - Beginner to Advanced

I also offer lessons on how to use Finale Music Notation Software - Beginner to Advanced.

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Band/Music Teacher
Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
St. Dominic High School


Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Sep 2010 - May 2014
LIU Post


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Music: Instrumental K-12
Jul 2016
Florida Department of Education

Music Pre-K - 12
Sep 2014
New York State Department of Education

Collegiate Professional License
Jul 2014
Commonwealth of Virginia

Music Pre-K - 12


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Association for Music Education
Sep 2010

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

'Big Sky Country' was commissioned by the LIU Post Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. James W. McRoy, on Long Island for its tour to Beijing and Xi'an, China during the summer of 2012. The piece received its United States premiere on June 15, 2012, at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell in Port Washington, New York, and received its international premiere on June 27, 2012, in Beijing. In the hopes of bringing some new American music to China, this piece depicts 'Big Sky Country' Montana, in the northwestern part the United States. This region is well known for its vast plains that stretch across the eastern part of the state, causing the sky to seem as if it never ends.

©2012 Michael DeFilippis
Commissioned by the Candlewood Middle School 6th Grade Band - Dix Hills, NY - Eric Van Cott, Director
Photo by Michael D.

Photo by Michael D.

Photo by Michael D.

Composer in Residence at Candlewood Middle School, 2012
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Carol B. Aug 3, 2014
Trumpet · In studio

Michael is an wonderful teacher! He is extremely patient, very encouraging, informative, personable, and easy to talk to. I have always wanted to play an instrument so I decided to take trumpet lessons. I am very happy Michael and I crossed paths. I work full time and he is very flexible with my schedule. He has coached me not only on how to play, but how to care for my trumpet- today my lesson included how to clean it. I am in awe with the how many instruments he can play. This is also fun for me because after just a few lessons, we are playing duets together! I am also excited that after a short period of time, I am actually reading music. Overall an amazing teacher that I would recommend for any instrument because of his vast knowledge in music!

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