Michael Relland

Michael R.

Edmond, OK
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

The viola is a deep and powerful instrument, the violin's older sibling!

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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:
January 2002

Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!

In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!

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We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us feel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!

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Grades 4-12 Band/ Orchestra
Aug 1999 - May 2019
Public Schools

I have taught most instruments at the beginning through advanced level in the public school systems of Maryland, Texas and Arizona.


Master of Music Education
Aug 1996 - May 1999
Loyola University
BA in Music
Aug 1989 - Aug 1994
University of North Texas


Instrumental Music, All Level
Jun 2001
State of Texas, Oklahoma

Photos & Videos

This a minor blues from Eugene Friesen (www.celloman.com), who has expanded the role of cello beyond classical forms and, well, the use of a bow in general :)
Michael Relland conducts "Canticle" by Bruce Pearson.
Here is a Christmas carol, "I Saw Three Ships" with variations played on a small bowed psaltry.
Minuet I from Suite for Solo Cello, composed around 1720
This is a signature song of Jack Teagarden, trombonist from the 40's era, called "Stars Fell On Alabama."
Here is a Medieval fiddle, or vielle, playing an old English folksong about a wandering Russian peasant -- go figure. The instrument: copied after a 14th c. painting of an angel playing one. The music: sort of written down, sort of made up on the spot -- enjoy!
This is a small red cedar flute made near the Cherokee boundary in North Carolina. Nearby is a deer quiver I use for my bows and flutes...
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19 Reviews

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Pete Verdi Oct 13, 2019
Trombone · Online

Georgia P. Sep 27, 2019
Violin · Online

Great connection with my kids!

Georgia P. Sep 27, 2019
Violin · Online

Great connection with my kids!

Teresa R. Aug 22, 2019
Acting · In home

Michael is smart, fun, encouraging! I can’t wait for my next lesson 😀

Crosslee Aug 14, 2019
Violin · In studio

We love Mr Michael!

Haden Oct 4, 2018
Piano · Online

Haden Sep 25, 2018
Piano ·

He’s been great to work with.

Greg Sep 23, 2018
Acting · Online

The first lesson of the ten-pack I bought (to start) went very well. Michael was knowledgeable and provided just the kind of feedback I wanted for my solo vocal performances (I was looking for instruction on *acting* in solo vocal performance), giving me immediately useful tips for improving my next performance. It's clear that Michael has a lot to offer me. I look forward to more in the coming lessons.

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Gisella Sep 23, 2018
Viola · Online

He has a great personality, perfect for kids!

Chinda Sep 9, 2018
Viola · Online

Dennis Jun 3, 2018
Trombone · In home

Son like his lesson. Thanks Michael

zeph S. Aug 4, 2014
Viola · In studio

Great teacher very knowledgeable and works with you on whatever pieces and style you want to do not just general music. Highly recommended!

Lawrence M. Nov 6, 2013
Piano ·


I'm a senior citizen that still works. I played some other instruments when I was younger and always wanted to play piano and Michael has motivated me to continue to learn and fit my practice into my work schedule. Anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument should look no further then Michael.

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Susan D. Nov 1, 2013
Piano ·

Excellent teacher

We are thoroughly pleased. The lessons are a highlight of the week........Michael knows how to challenge as well as have fun with each lesson. Thanks for all you do and accommodating us when the schedule requires.................

Beatrice S. Mar 11, 2013
Piano ·

Great experience

Michael has been a great instructor. He has patience and a great piano-side manner. Michael allowed me to choose my own type music and went with my pace, He never made me feel like I wasn't moving forward. It has been a pleasure studying with Michael.

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Annie B. Aug 23, 2012

Review for Micheal R

Michael is a wonderful teacher! He is patient, smart, has a great personality,and is a good communicator. He teaches quickly and effectively. In one lesson, he helped correct my bow hand position. As an adult, I am challenged each lesson with something new to learn. At the same time, he adapts to what I enjoy working on and gives me freedom to pick out additional songs I enjoy. He gives honest and encouraging feedback with his online notes. And as a female student, I feel safe at his studio since his conduct is always professional. I highly recommend him as a cello teacher.

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MichaelM2 May 9, 2011

Michael's style of teaching is just what I was looking for -- works with what I want to do, doesn't put any pressure (stressing that this should be fun), analyzes what I'm doing and works with me to figure out how to best make it better.

RafaelM1 Apr 18, 2011

After three lessons with Michael

Michael aside from being a great musician ( I just realized he has a great CD with medieval music) is a great instructor. He has an infinite patience and knows well how to cheer up the progress made by the student, even if they are minimal. On top of that he has a warm personality, he is kind and well-mannered. He is fantastic!!

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pauleenN Feb 28, 2011

Excellent with 5 yr old!

My daughter can't wait for her piano lessons! She's very excited to show her new skills to family and friends.

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