Michael McDaniel

Michael M.

Midlothian, VA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been helping students reach their goals for over 20 years! I am a working musician and professional performer who has been involved in music my entire life. My teaching methods help students achieve success because I adjust to each student's needs and abilities, individually, to create a great experience. I couple traditional teaching with performances and offer professional student shows and concerts throughout the year to help enrich the experience! Above all, I teach you how to have fun and really enjoy your musical journey, lets get started today!

About Michael M.

**I am teaching in person lessons!**

Hello, My name is Michael and Im excited to meet you! I've been teaching private & Professional lessons since 1997! I love helping students accomplish their goals like, getting into college, hit auditions, and more, but above all I love to inspire the love of Music and Performance Arts!

Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!

I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that it is important to stay fluid and adjust to each student's learning style to create successful students at any age from 3 to 100!

My only goal is to help you reach yours!

--=Materials Used=--
I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!

-=Methods I Have Used=-
Standards of Excellence
Essential Elements
Art of Achievement
Hal Leonard
and more!


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4 Reviews
Michael K.
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Stellar teacher! He really knows his stuff and how to convey it!

Posted Feb 25, 2020
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I am an adult who has no experience with any type of instrument and was very nervous and intimidated at first. Then I met with Michael, and though there was a ton of information we had to go through, he really made me feel at ease. He has the knowledge, patience, and understanding I was really looking for in a teacher and I'm so happy I found him!

Posted Feb 28, 2017
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With his flexibility and willingness to accommodate us my daughter learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful teacher and a great person to do business with.

Posted Sep 12, 2016
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Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!

Posted Sep 12, 2016

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Director and Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present

Southside Arts Music & Theatre

Direct all studio operations, teach Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Strings, Singing, Mandolin, Ukulele, Acting and Musical Theatre. Direct and Plan plays and shows as well as licensed musicals. Coordinate with other studios for combined performances and manage students and customer service.

Director and Teacher
Jul 2006 - Jun 2014

Sound Movement Performing Arts Academy

Ran and Directed a performing arts school. Taught Musical Theatre, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Singing, Piano, Strings, Orchestra, Mandolin, Ukulele, and more. Planned performances, shows and concerts for students and guests. Planned and scheduled Dance classes and coordinated combined performances.

Private Lesson Teacher
Nov 1998 - Apr 2006

Music and Theatre INC

Taught private lessons all ages and all level for Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Mandolin, Ukulele, Strings.

Touring Musician
Sep 1997 - Oct 2005

Soul Fire

Played and Toured with Soul Fire, Created two CDs and performed throughout the US

Music Teacher
Jun 1997 - Mar 2002

Charlottesville Music

Taught Guitar, Piano, Woodwinds, and Brass to students of all ages!


Developmental Psychology
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017

Pennsylvania State University

Child Psychology
Jan 2009 - Sep 2011

John Tyler Community College

Jun 1998 - May 2003

Piedmont VA Community College

Sep 1999 - Mar 2003

Piedmont College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Sep 2003


Suzuki Music Instruction Certification
Music 4 Kids
Apr 2001


This was a training course for Pre-K through Elementary music instruction.


Best Music Lessons in Powhatan
Mar 2016

Powhatan Today

Better Business Bureau Excellence Award
Oct 2007

Better Business Bureau

Charlottesville Music Teacher of the Year
Jul 2000

Charlottesville Music


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2009
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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