Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Jazz Performance. Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience allow him to help his students grasp tough concepts and improve at a faster rate than they would on their own. Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the skills to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting. He enjoys working with students of all abilities. Michael relates to the absolute beginner and experienced musician equally.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2012
BS Biology minor jazz studies
Teaches ages 10+
Has background check
Michael is amazing with kids. Our 11 year old son really enjoys his lessons and connected well with Michael.
Michael is great! Very patient and fun! He definitely tailors the lesson to the individual student. We are very grateful for his help with my alto sax-playing son! Thank you, Michael!
Michael is a highly skilled multi instrumentalist. As an adult, I was apprehensive to begin learning an instrument at a beginner level. Michael’s enthusiastic and deliberate approach helped me kickstart my practice and develop a passion for my instrument. He has been careful in adjusting his instruction according to my personal needs and has been flexible in regards to my schedule. Thanks Mike!