Michael Hatala

Michael H.

Swarthmore, PA
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I was fortunate enough to minor in music at St. Joseph's University and am taking on students eager in learning the basics of music theory. I am also available to tutor those already taking a music theory course.
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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+

Teaching since:
May 2015

I recently graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in Biology. I minored in music, specifically in piano performance. I am currently the pianist for the chapel at St. Joseph's University. I have studied piano since I was a young kid, but at St. Joe's I have studied with Dr. Emi Kagawa, a renowned pianist. In the past, I have played piano for theater, churches, as well as jazz bands. I also play trombone and have played in orchestras, concert bands, and jazz bands. From my home, I teach using an 88 key weighted Korg keyboard which has worked well for many students.


Jan 2015 - Present
St. Joseph's University

Pianist for the chapel at St. Joseph's University


Major in Biology. Minor in Music.
Aug 2013 - May 2017
St. Joseph's University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence
Jun 2013
United States Marine Corps

Photos & Videos

Kapustin- Jazz Prelude in D
Beethoven Sonata 1 Movement 4
St. Joseph's University Grace Notes Choir
Michael Hatala- Piano
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11 Reviews

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Shirley R. Sep 16, 2018
Piano · In studio

I am going to study the pieces for next week. Hope to be more proficient. I will get there.

Olivia Jul 9, 2018
Piano · In home

Michael is a great teacher. My daughter is 5 years old and not only is he patient throughout the lesson, he taps into her interest. He utilizes her love of music to successfully guide her lessons and by the end, she is so proud of what she has accomplished. Thanks Michael!

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Gabrielle Mar 26, 2018
Piano · In home

My husband (Ryan) worked with Michael over 5 sessions as a complete beginner. Michael was very open minded to teaching whatever kind of music he wanted to play. Ryan felt that Michael did a great job of pointing out exercises to work on, and how to break down songs not just by reading music but also adding, blending and working through the root of the song to make it his own experience. My husband really enjoyed his lessons and the jump-start that Michael gave him to continue practice working through his technique. It was overall a great experience, and Ryan would recommend Michael to anyone looking to learn how to play the piano.

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Marie Jan 19, 2018
· In home

Mike is a talented pianist who is very devoted to teaching his students. Highly recommend him to anyone who is new or experienced.

Ann Aug 30, 2017

Started lessons with Michael some time ago and felt a real accomplishment, however, due to time restrictions in my life, I had to forego lessons but hoping to get back to them again very soon!

Thanks Michael.

Kayley Aug 29, 2017
Piano · In studio

The best!

Rob Aug 15, 2017
Piano · In home

I had a great experience working with Mike! He makes lessons fun and has a passion for music. Extremely recommend.

Joseph Aug 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Very experienced pianist with a lot of knowledge to share for all levels of students.

Robert Jun 22, 2017
Piano · In studio

After only a few lessons I feel that I have learned so much. Very knowledgable and precise with his teaching methods. Overall, great instructor. Highly recommended.

Julia Jun 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Really is the best instructor ever!

John Jun 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great pianist!

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