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
BA Jazz Performance
Teaches ages 10+
Has background check
1st lesson (more to follow), Michael was very positive and upbeat. He somehow found things that I did to compliment me on! He was patient and helpful. Looking forward to my next lesson which is a good sign.
Michael has a great approach to teaching. He is engaging, encouraging, & supportive of my child’s efforts. He has also been so helpful to me & is happy to answer my many questions. Highly recommended!!
Michael is amazing with kids. Our 11 year old son really enjoys his lessons and connected well with Michael.