- Teaches students:
- Ages 1+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2007
No need to be nervous before my lessons. I have taught lessons to ages 6 to students in their 70's! My lessons have a comfortable atmosphere where students can be okay learning with mistakes; through trial and error. I always keep a light mood with quick bits of humor. I teach in a relaxing way, but at the same time you may expect to leave with new musical knowledge every lesson. I enjoy showing the connections between music and other areas of study and life. I always finds ways to work a student's personal interests into lessons. I always strive to help students learn how to practice in an efficient and organized way.
I am a published composer and active performer/teacher/conductor with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Conducting!
Director of the Youth Percussion Ensemble
- Oversees teaching and coaching of the front pit ensemble for the marching season.
I have taught private students for over 7 years and I continue to grow my studio skills. From 6 year old children to adults in their seventies, I can work with anyone!
Marching Band Percussion Caption Head
Created a drumming class called "Turn the Beat Around" and also taught a group guitar class
Certified to teach instrumental music
Earned my Level I Certification for a great approach to teaching that includes saying, singing, dancing, and playing. Not to mention very cool instruments to learn with!
Certified to teach ages 0-21
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.+ Read More
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.+ Read More
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Our Mission is: to demonstrate the value of Orff Schulwerk and promote its widespread use; to support the professional development of our members; and, to inspire and advocate for the creative potential of all learners.+ Read More
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.+ Read More
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men &amp;quot;who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America.&amp;quot;+ Read More
Exceeded all my expectations! My sister really appreciated and learned a lot and I can already see a positive change in her singing confidence.
My 10 year old daughter was very nervous but Mike did a good job of getting her past it. Gave a lot of positive feedback!
Mike was very knowledgable and friendly! He was very encouraging and helped me overcome my doubts. If you're on the fence about taking lessons from him, definitely do it - you won't regret it!
Had an amazing first lesson! Michael is patient and a great musician.
Also - we watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the same day! :D
Michael is a wonderful instructor. He was very patient with my 11 year-old daughter. She learned many useful things from correct posture, proper fingering, how to read the sheet music properly, tone, counting...I could list many more things. He emphasized the importance of warm up exercises, different scales, and then practicing songs in sections and then piecing it all together. I would highly recommend this instructor.+ Read More
I really liked my teacher's personality! I love learning new notes!
great teacher, interesting method. I really enjoy the lesson!
Michael is very knowledgeable. I enjoy working with him.
Michael is the best instructor! He has such patience and works with my son so well. Even though we have only had a few lessons Michael is able to tailor the lessons to fit my son. He is encouraging, prompt, and very personable. We are excited to continue lessons to improve my son's skills!+ Read More
Great! Willing to work with needs and very knowlegable to train on goals.
Michael is great with my kids. He is teaching my youngest daughter, age 11, the drums and my oldest, age 13, the guitar. We are able to all come together and he takes them one at a time. He is very encouraging to the girls, even when they mess up he has something positive to say to show them the correct way of doing it. In just 3 lessons I can see improvements and they are both very excited when we get home to show dad what they learned.+ Read More
Mike was very cordial from the first email, and contacted me not long after I had scheduled lessons for the next week. He was very eager to begin teaching, as well as proactive in his communications with me.
As we began, we quickly discovered what areas of music theory that I needed help in. While I did not have a microphone, he was able to explain enlightening concepts to me while being open for questions at any time. He also drew helpful diagrams on a whiteboard as he taught, which granted more clarity.
Afterwards, I received an email with material that I could use to study, and he gave suggestions as to what to apply my knowledge to.
Mike is definitely worth looking into if you want a relaxed, informative and experienced teacher for such a great price.