Michael Rittling

Michael R.

Baltimore, MD
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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

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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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 - Double Bass
Aug 2001 - May 2006
Florida State University
Bachelor of Music Education - K-12 Music
Aug 2001 - May 2006
Florida State University


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.

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Photos & Videos

Playing some bass

Performing with the Apollo Orchestra

Photo by Michael R.


9 Reviews

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Kari May 14, 2019
Cello · In studio

Michael is an engaged, easy to talk to, knowledgable, and thorough teacher. It seems like teaching comes naturally to him - he explains the full scope as well as the details of what you're learning so that you know why you're learning it. I'm looking forward to our future lessons!

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Rory L. Jun 15, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

Perfect first session. Michael adapted to Rory's deep understanding of music theory but total lack of knowledge of the bass. He was thoughtful, patient, and adaptive introducing the bass and providing practice suggestions to Rory. I recommend Michael in the highest terms as an instructor for beginners and knowing his vast education and experience in the bass I must assume this travels though the entire range of students - beginner to advanced. We look forward to the next lesson.

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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.

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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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