Michael Rogers

Michael R.

Saint Augustine, FL

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2003

As a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, I have been a performing classical pianist for nearly 20 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, and have had the great advantage of studying with many of today's top classical musicians, including Steven Lubin, Stephanie Brown, Paul Ostrovsky, Julia Lichten, and Stuart Isacoff. I've won many top prizes in competitions and have performed extensively throughout New York State. I'm very lucky to have had the opportunity to perform for the Governor, and both NYS Senators.

Having taught music since the age of 15, I am also an experienced and motivated teacher. Nothing excites me more than sharing my love and knowledge of music with others. Whether you are looking to boost your NYSSMA score, and compete in competitions, or are just starting out, I can tailor lessons to your specific level and musical interests. Being in my 20's, I have a great rapport with children, and adults alike.

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Piano Instructor
Jan 2003 - Jun 2015
Self Employed

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years. Many of my students achieve Outstanding NYSSMA scores. While my concentration is in Classical Music, I am equally adept in other genres, and have studied with professional Jazz pianists Nat Phipps, and Cliff Brucker. I am a huge fan of rock and roll, blues, and broadway, and enjoy providing my students with an eclectic array of music to study.

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Master of Music, Piano Performance
Apr 2013 - May 2015
Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase
B. Mus in Piano Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Conservatory of Music, SUNY Purchase


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Chopin Master Award
Sep 2005
CDCYM Chopin Competition
Piano Solo Winner
Apr 2003
Ithaca College Piano Competition
Silver Prize Winner
Mar 2002
Louis DeFeo Parillo Concerto Competition

Photos & Videos

Chopin Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49
Brahms Piano Trio Op. 87, 1st mvt.
Prokofiev: 7th Piano Sonata, Mvt. 3
Rosemont Studio, Albany NY

Photo by Michael R.

Photo by Michael R.
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7 Reviews

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Reba Sep 6, 2017
Piano · In home

As a senior who is trying to return to playing after an absence of over 30 years, I really appreciated Michael's patience and knowledge of various study materials.

Jacob J. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

He is very good my son loved it

Grace Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Wonderful first lesson! He was very warm and kind and my daughter felt very happy with his instruction. He took the time to discover her musical interests which set the right tone with her from the start.

Lisa S. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In home

Michael is a very good teacher, he breaks down and simplifies the lessons each time.

Natalya Tafen Jan 25, 2016
Piano · In home

I have three kids 5,7 and 15 years old who take Mike's lessons. They all have done a great progress since we started his lessons. He is really involved in their progress of building skills. I am very happy with him.

Jacky Jul 3, 2015
Piano · In home

Mike is the best. He sees the potential in his students and gets them to reach a little farther than they thought possible. He is great with children and very patient.

C. Mojica Jul 2, 2015
Piano · In home

Michael has been a wonderful teacher for our 2 daughters, who both earned "Outstanding" scores at
NYSSMA this Spring. He is a fabulous pianist and a wonderful teacher. Highly recommended!

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