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- Females 10+ and males 8+
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I am a professional trumpet player, singer, arranger and educator based in West Philadelphia. Born into a musical family in Peoria, IL, I began playing cello at the age of two, but eventually was drawn to jazz trumpet and voice, while having a keen sense of music theory and piano. I studied music at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. While at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, I was awarded a FIPSE grant to travel to Brazil and study traditional samba music. While there, I worked as a clinician at Faculdade Cantareira in Brasilia. After CCM, I received my Masters in Jazz Studies from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Victor Goines (tenor saxophonist for Jazz at Lincoln Center) and Brad Mason (Current Musical Director for Blood, Sweat and Tears), during which, I was selected to perform as the “jazz trumpet” chair in part of Disney’s highly selective All American College Band.
After graduate school, I moved to the city of Chicago proper. For 3 years, I played trumpet and sang jazz standards most Thursday evenings at the famous Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, one of Chicago’s oldest jazz clubs. In addition to that, I helped start The Syndicate, my hip-hop brass band that offers a blend of funk, R&B and jazz. I also played with other groups such as Four Star Brass Band, and J-Livi and the Party, which released an album in July of 2016 called “Come and Share My Life," whom I still play with.
In addition to playing trumpet, I also am an accomplished classical singer, presently predominantly performing with the Crossing, a Grammy Nominated professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally. This 17-18 season, I'm singing with Consprirare, Apollo’s Fire, The Crossing, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Variant 6, Madison Choral Project, ekmeles (NYC), and Choral Arts Philadelphia. Recently, I made my debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Chris Deviney’s “Pat Metheney Concerto.”
I love teaching. I go into every lesson with the belief that the student is there to learn; if they weren't interested in learning, they wouldn't be there. Because I have always had diverse musical interests, I create a stress-free atmosphere for my students by allowing them to pursue whatever avenues of music interest them. My degrees may be in Jazz Studies and Performance, but I have extensive experience with Classical and Popular music; I provide a unique perspective and enthusiasm to every student.
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Touring 50+ shows of "A Christmas Story" National Broadway Tour. It gave a whole new meaning to the word "consistency" in trying to show that I was doing things the same way for every show.
Mike is an incredible performer and a very thoughtful musician. I have performed with him several times and he always holds himself and others to a very high standard. I got better by singing with him! I know he takes teaching very seriously and I can say from personal experience that my musicianship improved just by being around him.+ Read More
Mike is an extremely gifted musician and is extremely passionate about his many gifts. If you are looking to improve as a musician, Mike can help you get to where you want to go. As a trumpet player, he is fantastic and can assist any student improve in any number of ways.+ Read More
Mike has an incredible depth of knowledge and experience across a wide variety of musical genres. What is perhaps more remarkable is the ease with which he is able to communicate his learning and how approachable he makes any topic seem, whether discussing the finer points of polyrhythms, tonal analysis, brass embouchure, or vocal pedagogy, to name a few.
Whether you've been looking to dig deep into your musical training or seek to brush up on a broader range of musical topics, I would highly recommend working with Mike. It will be time very well spent.
Excellent musician and exceedingly passionate. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to grow in any musical skill.
I'm a juggling machine now. Best teacher ever.
Michael is a caring and patient teacher. His enthusiasm for learning and helping others learn shows in his teaching. He is an experienced and versatile performer and uses these experiences to enhance his lessons.
Wonderful Teacher and great musician!
Great musician. Quite knowledgeable on many musical subjects - I was very impressed. He's encouraging and supportive of beginner students. Fabulous with kids.
Michael is very talented and engaging as teacher. He always seemed to have immediate and well-informed answers to my questions. During our sessions, he provided a wide range of tips, tricks, and techniques to help me progress to reach my goals as a singer. He's very easy to get along with and incredibly helpful.
I would rate six stars if I could.
Mike is a GREAT teacher!! He is so knowledgeable in a variety of genres: jazz, classical, pop, etc. I needed help with my improvisation and he provided a safe and encouraging atmosphere while also giving me a ton of useful information. He's a huge nerd (in the best way) and makes a subject like music theory very fun and approachable. He's also just a super fun person, friendly person. He will encourage you while also pushing you to do your best. He explains things in a very clear way, and is very patient. I HIGHLY recommend him for anything - trumpet, voice, theory & arranging, improv, etc. Excellent teacher.+ Read More
Michael is super receptive to what students need to work on, tackling it at the source. He incorporates a lot of vocal exercises too, which are very helpful. All in all, wonderful musician and instructor.