Michael Henss

Michael H.

New Haven, CT

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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:
April 2010

Hello, my name is Mike and I'd like to tell you about my diverse background in music. I began playing guitar at the age of 12 and pursued it through my collegiate career at the University of Maine. While studying Jazz theory and arranging at the University of Maine I developed an interest in music composition and spent much of my time writing music and developing a personal compositional style. To aid in my understanding of how to write for other instruments I learned to be a multi-instrumentalist, studying the drums and bass guitar. Later in my twenties, I studied audio engineering at the Audio Recording Technology Institute in Orlando, FL and presently work as a freelance audio engineer here in CT. In addition to my career as an audio engineer I am also a gigging musician who plays drums and guitar in a variety of local bands.

My experience as a musician, songwriter, and audio engineer gives me a unique understanding of music and I am devoted to helping others find their musical voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach is laid back but effective. I prefer to keep the lesson as comfortable as possible because I remember what it was like to be a student and having intimidated or stressed-out students is not a recipe for musical success! A comfortable environment is one in which creativity and intellect can truly flourish.

I do not have my own teaching agenda as I think it is unwise to take a "one-size-fits-all" approach in teaching an instrument. I do, however, utilize a number of books in my lessons and will use the ones that are relevant to your personal goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my guitar, notebook/staff paper to write notes for the student, a tuner, and reference material (scale/chord books).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, and Folk music.

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Music Teacher
Apr 2011 - Present
Music Teachers Network


BA, General Studies, Psychology Concentration
Feb 2016 - Jan 2017
Southern New Hampshire University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Audio Engineer
Jan 2009
Audio Recording Technology Institute

Pro Tools Operator
Jun 2005


Jan 2013

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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RobertA Apr 25, 2012

Mike is a great guy and a natural teacher. He took the time to understand what my objective was and how I learn best, and has consistently been helpful and effective in directing my progress. He comes on-time, doesn't watch the clock once he's here, and has a smile on his face the whole time. Smart, respectful, articulate, warm and extremely capable. I may try to recruit him for my own business one day -- watch out TakeLessons!!

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