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.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2008
Teaches ages 8+
Speaks English, German
Has background check
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...
Patient and flexible, moves at a pace that challenges you but doesnt push too hard which is a delicate balance! Thank you!
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.