Michael Ottaviano
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Michael Ottaviano

Michael O.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a passionate and dedicated musician who is committed to sharing that passion with others through my teaching. I have held a variety of teaching positions throughout my career, working with students of all ages and skill levels. I hold a master's degree in trombone performance and have an extensive performance background in diverse settings, making me a knowledgeable resource to my students.

About Michael O.

Hello! I been playing the trombone for 22 years now and there is almost nothing I love more than sharing my knowledge with my students. In addition to trombone, I've played euphonium, tuba, guitar, bass guitar, and I am a proficient vocalist.

I hold a B.M. in trombone performance from the University of Rhode Island where I grew up, and worked as a cruise ship musician for a while before completing my M.M. at George Mason University. While living in the DC/Virginia area, I performed freelance with orchestras, concert bands and jazz bands in addition to my school obligations. Upon finishing my degree, I moved to New York City and played principal trombone with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. Through the symphony, I also became artist in residence at the Brooklyn Museum and put on multiple collaborative recitals.

Through the years, I have had the privilege of working with students on trombone, piano, guitar, trumpet, and tuba. I am equally comfortable working with students of any age. I like to take a relaxed approach to teaching, focusing on fostering enthusiasm for the music within the students and letting them experience the joy of self-discovery through music. No matter what my students' goal is, I want to help them get there through guidance, encouragement, and dedicated practice.


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Assistant Director
Oct 2018 - May 2020

Paul Effman Music

I was an assistant band and orchestra director at Holy Child Jesus and the Academy of St. Dorothy, two Catholic schools for grades 1-8 in New York City. I alternated directing the entire group (band or orchestra) and also breaking down into smaller sections to focus more on individual instruments.

Brass Specialist
Jan 2014 - May 2015


As the brass specialist at a music school focused on rock and roll, any brass students who came to the school were my responsibility. My students were all school-age children, ranging from 6 - 16. In addition to my trumpet, trombone, and tuba students, I also took on the responsibility of some beginner guitar and piano students.


M.M. Music Performance, Trombone Focus
Sep 2014 - May 2016

George Mason University

B.M. Music Performance, Trombone Focus
Sep 2006 - May 2010

University of Rhode Island

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