Michael Mraz

Michael M.

Pennington, NJ

About Michael M.

Michael teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1979
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Born and raised in New Jersey, I have been involved with music for many years. The instruments that I play include Trumpet, French Horn, Handbells, Organ, Voice, and Piano. I received my formal education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, which is where I earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Music. In order to obtain my Honors, I chose to develop elementary lessons on Chinese folk music. In my Junior year of college, I performed a dual media recital in both Voice and Piano, and for my Senior year recital, I focused on giving a Vocal performance. These recitals demonstrated the musical talent and techniques that I had developed throughout my experience at college. In addition to my musical experiences in college, I have also learned about various pedagogical approaches through both my vocal studies as well as my studies on the keyboard. There is always more than one approach to teaching musical concepts! As a musician, I have performed in both the Bethlehem/Allentown area and the central New Jersery area. In addition, I have sung as a member of the Princeton Pro Musica and sat as a member on the executive board of the Princeton Girlchoir. These experiences have enhanced my professional insight as a musical instructor today. At present, I am a teacher in the classroom, an organist at a local Presbyterian church, and a private piano instructor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my students grow and develop as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
My instruction correlates with the age, the musical background, and the public/private school music curriculum of the student. Each lesson is a special musical vignette in the sense that it is a unique learning time for the student. It is important for the student to be motivated by the material that they are given and to have a full understanding of the concept(s) that were taught in the lesson. Above all other reasons, it is most important for the student to enjoy their piano lessons and want to come back the next week. Therefore, it is my job as the instructor to inspire them to practice and benefit from each and every lesson. Whether it be vocal or piano instruction, each lesson consists of fun warm-ups, interesting technical exercises, and repertoire of all sorts. What the student learns in 3-6 months depends upon the motivation of the student as well as my ability to teach what the student needs to know in order to achieve their goals as a pianist and/or vocalist. Regarding my methods of instructing piano students, I use the Middle C method for players of all levels. Those who are more advanced use triads as well. My overall goal as a teacher is to work with my students and give them the skills that are necessary to play music that they enjoy.

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in living room; 2 pianos (C2 Yamaha and Steinway upright); organ

*** Specialties ***
Middle C Piano Method using instructional materials of the Bastien's and Alfred Publications

Photos and Videos

Vocal Solo accompanied by piano, Choir, Congregation

Education

M.Ed+ (M.Ed August 1981) Principal/Supervisor Certification New Jersey

Sep 1979 - May 1985
Trenton State College Trenton, New Jersey

(Hymnody study with Dr. Erik Routley

Jan 1980 - Mar 1980
Westminster Choir College

Music, Choir, Hymnody workshops

Sep 1977 - May 1979
Westminster Choir College Princeton, New Jersey

B.A. Music Education (with Honors in Music - Chinese Music in the Elementary Classroom)

Sep 1970 - May 1974
Moravian College Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Awards

T. Edgar Shields Award - Achievement in Music

May 1974
Moravian College Bethlehem, PA

Leon Prokofiev Leonovich - Achievement in Music

Sep 1972
Moravian College Bethlehem, PA
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33 Reviews on Michael M.

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Arshad Jul 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Michael is a great teacher. He focuses on understanding of concepts. For more fluent play we always need to practice a lot, but if we do not understand the concepts behind musical notation, we do not even know where to begin. He is also very encouraging and guides us out of mistakes in a way that the logic sticks. Highly recommended - you will enjoy learning with him
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Gary Mar 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Lessons with Mike Mraz was a Christmas present from my son, Andrew. I enjoy singing, yet have never had occasion to study music or to take private lessons. Mike helped me clarify my goals: breath control, vocal mechanics, reading music and having fun. He graciously sent me some primer materials and located sheet music for several of my favorite Broadway show tunes. Our five 45-minute sessions together were both instructive and enjoyable. As I approach age 70, I can check "work with a voice coach" on my "Bucket List." Kudos for Mike!
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Setsuko K. Jan 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is a nice piano teacher and gives my daughter constant encouragement. He is very knowledgeable and helpful, and his lessons are always fun.
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Lan C. Dec 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm so happy that I've found a best piano teacher, Michael. He explains theories clearly. He gives me lots of encouragement during the lesson. I got his email about Triad theory reinforcement and next lesson 2 hours after my lesson. Highly recommend Michael to all retirees like me who love to take piano lessons.
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Lan C. Dec 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm so happy that I've found a best piano teacher, Michael. He explains theories clearly. He gives me lots of encouragement during the lesson. I got his email about Triad theory reinforcement and next lesson 2 hours after my lesson. Highly recommend Michael to all retirees like me who love to take piano lessons.
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Wendy W. Oct 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is very passionate about music (piano and singing). He's very patient and he will find resources to help you understanding music theories. He takes lessons seriously, but it's also fun and humorous. I highly recommend Michael to all different levels of students.
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Wendy Oct 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Michael is very passionate about music (piano and singing). He's very patient and he will find resources to help you understanding music theories. He takes lessons seriously, but it's also fun and humorous. I highly recommend Michael to all different levels of students.
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Diane D. Aug 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michael was very informative and patient. He takes his time explaining each exercise and continuing gives you encouragement. I'm 64 and I have wanted to take singing lessons all my life. My experience has been terrific and I can hardly wait for the next lesson.
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Wendy W. Aug 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A seasoned music and singing instructor like Michael can motivate students to pursue a higher standard regardless the level of skills to begin with.
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Lauren K. Jun 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent instructor! I stepped out in faith with no prior training and Michael made me feel comfortable from the start and I am improving leaps and bounds every lesson. I highly recommend Michael for all skill levels!