Michael Rawls

Michael R.

Naperville, IL
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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.
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Michael teaches



Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 65 and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2015

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.


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.

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Psychology and Management
Sep 2011 - Aug 2015
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
High School Diploma
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Waukesha North HS (Waukesha, WI)


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Learning the minor pentatonic scale. One of favorite things to teach when beginning to cover the blues!

Photo by Michael R.

Wedding performance

Gigging on the electric. Always a blast getting to teach students cool guitar riffs and solos.

Had a blast getting to have one of my students come up and perform a song with me during an annual crawfish boil.

Out playing some original songs

Love to bring the keyboard along to gigs for a few songs.

Jamming out with one of my students

Working on the G Major Scale and identifying which chords belong in the key of G
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5 Reviews

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R.G. Jan 7, 2017
Violin · In home

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

Julian &. Jan 3, 2017
Piano · In home

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

Jacob A. Oct 22, 2016
Guitar · In home

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

Amanda W. Oct 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio

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

Natalie J. Jul 24, 2016
Guitar · In 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.

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