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Michael J.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Students of Michael J. will be taught the tools to hit the ground running playing their guitar. Students will learn the basics of open and bar chords, strumming, electric or acoustic and how to apply basic theory the music they would like to play. Michael J. has been the beginning guitar instructor at a private studio for the past year and a half and previously taught private in home students. Students can expect to learn basic chords and beginner essentials so that they can start learning their favorite songs as quickly as possible.
About Michael J.

Michael has been a drums/percussion/guitar/ukulele and Chess instructor since 2008. Having studied and performed all styles of music, from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Symphonic Band and Marching Band music, he has a firm knowledge of varies styles of music and techniques. Michael is a former instructor for UW-Waukesha, Wauwatosa East High School and Harftord High School along with past positions at White House of Music, Uncle Bob's Music Center and other various teaching institutions. Michael has moved on to focus on owning and operating his own lesson studio in West Allis called Sound Check Studios. There you can find a family friendly environment that also hosts 8 other instructors and multiple families attending various other lessons. As a Chess instructor, he has worked and managed a private Chess Academy in Milwaukee since 2008. He works exclusively with schools districts like Wauwatosa, Hartland, Milwaukee and many private schools for their after school chess program. *** Lesson Details *** The lessons with Michael will cover a wide variety of topics and areas. Each lesson will focus on at least 2 different topics with an emphasis on what the student would like to work on. Drums/percussion: Main areas of focus will include rudiments, basic drum set patterns, reading music, proper technique and what the student would like to learn. Guitar and Ukulele: Areas of focus include open/bar chords, strumming, scales and applying those lessons to the music a student likes and wants to learn. Chess: Based on experience, students will learn basic movement to advance strategy. Maneuvers like Forks, Pins, Skewers, openings and end game are all included in the lessons. *** Studio Equipment *** My studio is equipped with everything needed for each student. All supplies and major instruments provided. My studio is NOT a basement or private residence. The studio is located in the main business district of West Allis along with 80 other businesses. *** Specialties *** Drums: reading music, rudiments, proper technique. I teach mainly out of the book Basic Drumming by Joel Rothman Guitar and Ukulele: Open chord and bar chord strumming that applies to learning the songs a student wants to learn. Chess: Piece movement to basic strategies and tactics.

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Guitar
Teaches 3 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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S. 84th st
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30 minutes
$25
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First 3 lessons
$30
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Teacher's Studio

Patient and understanding are the words that come to mind first. Michael shows you what he is doing and helps you to do the same. He works with you to accomplish your goals. Michael is friendly and has convenient scheduling. Thanks for being so helpful...

Posted Aug 30, 2022
Teacher's Studio

Patient and flexible, moves at a pace that challenges you but doesnt push too hard which is a delicate balance! Thank you!

Posted Jan 5, 2021
Teacher's Studio

Michael is a stickler for doing things right, but in a nice way. I feel that his mode of teaching is best, because it builds a solid foundation for further learning.

Posted Oct 25, 2019
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Drums and Percussion Instructor
Aug 2010 - Present
Wauwatosa East High School
Michael has been the percussion instructor for Wauwatosa East High School for the past 4 years. There he worked with a variety of their students for marching band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and also WSMA Solo and Ensemble competitions.
Guitar Instructor
Jun 2010 - Present
Private Studios
Michael began playing guitar at age 12. He has played in multiple bands over the years playing guitar and also taught many students the basics and essentials to picking up the guitar for the first time. His current roster of students enjoy working on the materials they want to learn while also learning how many basic essentials apply to the guitar.
Chess Instructor
Aug 2008 - Present
Private Chess Academy
As an after school chess instructor, Michael has worked with class sizes as large as 40 children down to one-on-one lessons with an individual student. Local school districts have repeatedly used our program and specifically requested Michael as the instructor for numerous years for multiple schools.
Drum instructor
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
UW-Waukesha, Uncle Bob's Music Center, White House of Music, Theatre on Main
Michael has worked as a private drum instructor for a variety of Milwaukee based music stores and lesson studios since 2008. Since 2008, Michael has worked with over 150 students and maintained many long lasting relationships with his students. In 2013 he opened is own lesson studio location in West Allis to better serve his students and create an environment that inspired, but was also family friendly.
Communications
Aug 2003 - Aug 2005
UW-Milwaukee
Organizational Adminstration and Communications
Aug 1999 - Aug 2005
UW-Milwaukee
English
Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

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Instructor details
Guitar
Teaches 3 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
S. 84th st
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Apricot Court
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$25
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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