Michael Rittling

Michael R.

Baltimore, MD

About Michael R.

Michael teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2001
Last sign in: Yesterday


Michael has been playing the bass professionally and teaching private lessons since 2001. He is currently available to teach lessons at his studio and your home. Michael has helped students of all ages and ability levels enjoy playing music.

Michael received his Masters of Music degree and Performers Diploma in Double Bass at Indiana University in 2009. He also received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music Education degres from the Florida State University in 2006. Michael currently plays with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bass, Apollo Orchestra as a section member, and is an active free-lance musician throughout Baltimore and DC. As an expert in his field, Michael looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

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Playing some bass


Section Bass
May 2013 - Present
Apollo Orchestra

Associate Principal Bass
Sep 2011 - Present
Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Section Bass
May 2011 - Present
National Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal Bass
Jan 2009 - May 2014
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Principal Bass
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra

Section Bass
Aug 2002 - May 2006
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra


Performers Diploma - Double Bass
Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
Indiana University
Master of Music - Double Bass
Aug 2006 - May 2008
Indiana University
Bachelor of Music Education - K-12 Music
Aug 2001 - May 2006
Florida State University
Bachelor of Music - Double Bass
Aug 2001 - May 2006
Florida State University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2011

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

7 Reviews on Michael R.

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Gary S. May 9, 2017
· Cello · In home My first lesson with Michael was great! His teaching approach was relaxed and directive. I'm am looking forward future lessons with him.
Joyce Apr 17, 2017
· Cello · In studio Great first lesson! Very nice and teaches fundamentals as well.
· Bass Guitar · In studio Mr. Rittling's credentials are impeccaable. His love of music and teaching is obvious. The lessons are in a relaxed setting. The home assignments are a little challenging, but that's a good thing. Chances are my next rating will be higher as I had no one to compare him to.
Michael Prenger Dec 7, 2015
· Cello · In studio Michael is very patient and at the same time very enthusiastic. As a new student who happens to be 63 years old, I'm having a blast!
Sam W. Sep 22, 2015
· Upright Bass · In studio It was great, better than what I expected.
Harper P. Aug 17, 2015
· Cello · In home My daughter learned a lot in 45 minutes! Lots of encouragement and positive feedback by Michael as my daughter learned her way around the cello for the first time.
-D. Poole
richard F. Jun 17, 2015
· Upright Bass · In studio Michael was very patient, took the time to explain theory which helped put thing in a better perspective. He is also very knowledgeable and an awesome musician.
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