Hello! I'm Michael. Music has been 'my thing' since I found a guitar in my Mom's closet at age 9 and didn't move until figured out "Mary Had A Little Lamb". That's the curiosity I try to instill in my students! Although I started playing trumpet and guitar in elementary school, my music education at University of Texas in SA opened up musical doors I never knew existed! Currently I teach trumpet, guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, ages 6 to 45, as well as play trumpet around town when the sun goes down. I passionately emphasize music reading ability, improv techniques through jazz studies, and a solid music theory foundation- no matter what age you are!!!
Every lesson, concepts are reviewed and emphasized, then we crawl forward through new music, discussing the technique and theory of every piece we play. I've accumulated an expansive library of teaching material to create a very diverse path when exploring the wonderful world of music. I always try to include a classical piece and a jazz piece in the repertoire. Popular music and original compositions are fun encouraged too!
Whatever your idea of music is, we will build on it, playing pieces you want to play!
A variety of instruments are at our disposal here in the studio, including...
Piano & electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet & cornet, clarinet, flute, upright acoustic bass, 7-piece drum set & auxiliary percussion.
The house is very friendly and comfortable, great with children and families. Lots of natural light! There's a large front porch patio to relax on while you wait with a good book, or you can hang out inside with the siblings watching something on Netflix. I'll even give you the Wifi password ;)
At HOST, I conduct the wind band ensembles, guitar ensembles, jazz ensembles and recorder class. The students range from age 5-18 years old on a wide variety of instruments. We learn all about music theory and techniques while preparing pieces to perform for the seasonal concerts. I love exposing developing musicians to a diverse repertoire of music; from Brahms to the Blues, we play it all.
This is my home studio, as mentioned on this website! See the above sections for info or photos for visuals.
Perform with a various musicians around town as opportunities arise.
I taught piano here a few days a week, mostly to very young beginners. We worked out of the Faber books in preparation for performances.
Played trumpet at Sea World for a few of the shows, including Sol Celebration, an awesome night-show that involved memorizing a ton of music, learning choreography and interacting with guests.
Jazz improv techniques
Private Lessons with jazz faculty
Jazz theory and composition courses
Ensemble participation, Big Band and Combo