Michael McDaniel

Michael M.

Powhatan, VA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been teaching Mandolin for 8 years and my students have gone on to meet their performance and playing goals. I use a variety of methods and books from beginning methods to more advanced methods for other players. Each student is different so I try to evolve to meet their specific needs and learning styles. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you! I plan and offer yearly student performances to give students a practical application to their instruction. I teach mandolin for a variety of styles from bluegrass and celtic to Italian Classical, I strive to help each student to be as well rounded as possible!
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Michael teaches



Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
August 1997

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!

-==Some of My Studio Equipment=--
Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps
Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos
Woodwind instruments
Violins of all sizes
Brass Instruments
Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..)
Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material
And others!

--=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!

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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.

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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.

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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!


Child Psychology
Jan 2009 - Sep 2011
John Tyler Community College
Jun 1998 - May 2003
Piedmont VA Community 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.


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.

Photos & Videos

Violin Student Performing!

Acting Students from the 2014 Winter Show

Musical Theatre Class Performing in the Show!

Singer Performing Let It Go in the winter 2014 Show!

Me performing a Sax Solo for Busch Gardens Williamsburg at Howl-O-Scream!

Me Performing for St.Jude's winter gala

Playing guitar with a student at the 2014 Winter Show!

Teaching A Student

Music is FUN!


3 Reviews

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Justine Feb 28, 2017
Cello · In studio

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!

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Holly Sep 12, 2016
Violin · In studio

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.

Sharon Sep 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

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

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