Michael Rawls

Michael R.

Naperville, IL
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
A beginner piano student will have the opportunity to learn the basics of reading sheet music. First, however, we will focus on playing simple one handed songs and focusing on becoming comfortable with the keys and treble clef note reading. Afterwards we would move onto learning major and minor chords, major and minor scales, pentatonic scales, rhythm patterns, and then finally practice more difficult songs by reading sheet music while playing treble and bass clef together. This will provide the learner with opportunities to play songs that they enjoy.

About Michael R.

Hello everybody, my name is Michael and I have been playing both the guitar and piano since I was four years old. I am a full-time music instructor, and I also perform frequently on the weekend. My main musical interests include americana and country music, but I have spent time learning several other types of music as well. My favorite style to teach is the blues. I am looking to teach beginner to intermediate students and help them learn/perfect the basic and intermediate skills of guitar and piano.


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10 Reviews
Tanner and Keylee J.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mike is great with my daughter. She has progressed so much faster with his methods than the prior piano teacher. And now she is really enjoying it.

Posted Feb 21, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He is our second instructor. My son and daughter both love him. Before they dreaded lessons. Now they are enjoying them. He is awesome.

Posted Jan 30, 2020
Wendi Brassington
Profile-location-online Online

Both of my children love working with Michael. He is easy going but organized and stays on task. His plans are very customized to my specific children and they look forward to each week.

Posted Dec 15, 2019
Les O.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Enjoyed the first lesson a lot! We spent time going over basic open chords, different ways to finger them and then we worked on transitioning between them. Michael was very patient and encouraging. We also touched on some basic music theory... really ooking forward to the upcoming lessons!

Posted Sep 28, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Michael is very relatable & knowledgeable. Brody who is 8 looks forward to Michsels lessons & he is learning a love for music through Michael!!

Posted Jul 25, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very nice guy and knowledgeable. Easy to get along with and really works to make it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Posted Jan 7, 2017
Julian &.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

First lesson was great and the kids really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to next weeks lesson.

Posted Jan 3, 2017
Jacob A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Absolutely amazing and so great with kids of all ages. Went straight to the lesson and no messing around.
Highly highly recommend

Posted Oct 22, 2016
Amanda W.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Excellent instructor. Teaches what you need to know alon with what you want to learn to keep you motivated and interested.

Posted Oct 9, 2016
Natalie J.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Michael is the best!!! He is very professional and listened to my concerns on playing the guitar. I look forward to my next lesson.

Posted Jul 24, 2016

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Supervisor/Registered Behavior Technician
Mar 2016 - Present

The Shape of Behavior

Over the last couple of years I have spent my days working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). As an RBT I have learned not only to manage challenging behaviors of children with autism, but also how to keep them engaged and learning at all times. These skills have helped immensely with my ability to teach music lessons, especially when it comes to children who need a little extra motivation to keep learning and practicing.


Psychology and Management
Sep 2011 - Aug 2015

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

High School Diploma
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

Waukesha North HS (Waukesha, WI)



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