Michael Goodman

Michael G.

Modesto, CA

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2011

Michael Goodman has taught euphonium, tuba, music theory, composition, and music appreciation since 2011 and is currently available to teach lessons online. Michael has taught students from 5th grade through university.

The composition faculty of Michigan State University has described Michael Goodman’s music as “Dramatic, humorous, and energetic.” Goodman composes for the people by combining classical music with jazz and rock music. Goodman’s influences range from György Ligeti, Jaco Pastorius, to Frank Zappa. With a diverse combination of styles, Goodman composes with the objective of creating a “bridge” between the music of artistic value and audiences of all ages.

Goodman’s compositions have been performed throughout the U.S., U.K., Portugal, and Croatia by musicians, ensembles and festivals such as The Great Noise Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, Toronto Symphony Orchestra oboist Sarah Lewis, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Musique 21, University of the Pacific, Mise-en Festival, and Charlotte New Music Festival. Goodman’s Test Drive was the winner of the New Music Ensemble Category in the Michigan State University Honors Composition Competition.

Goodman received his Master of Music degree and his Bachelor of Music degree in music composition at Michigan State University while studying under Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, Charles Ruggiero, and Mark Sullivan. In addition, Goodman has studied under Joel Hoffman, Armando Bayolo, and Marc Mellits.

Currently residing in Modesto, CA, Goodman is Goodman currently resides in Modesto, CA as a composer/arts administration freelancer.

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Adjunct Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Jackson College

• Taught MUS 131 – Understanding Music to non-music majors through lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms, and historic chronology of Western music.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2012 - May 2013
Michigan State University

• Tutored students with topics from MUS 180.
• Organized orchestral scores and parts for reading sessions for MUS 877.


M.A. Arts Administration
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Florida State University
M.M. Music Composition
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Michigan State University
B.M. Music Composition and Music Theory
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Michigan State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2014

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.

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