Michael Smith

Michael S.

Salt Lake City, UT

Lesson Details



Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I absolutely love teaching music. The main approach is to guide students in their discovery of playing music auditorily. I utilize an auto-developed curriculum to help students gain the skills to bring their inner music out. The learning process is unique from the typical music lesson where the student reads from a page and is critiqued to improve. I find other methods much more satisfying and productive. I've played music for 18 years and my Bachelor's Degree is in Music Education. I have perfect pitch, and I'm a whiz at music theory. I scored a 5 on the Music Theory AP Test and tested out of 2 years of Music Theory and Ear Training in college. My main instrument is trumpet. I can teach any band instrument up through High School level. Let's schedule an intro visit and see what a good fit we are.

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Music Education
Aug 2008 - Dec 2014
Dixie State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Educator License
Feb 2017
State of Utah

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4 Reviews

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Michael Oct 20, 2017
Trumpet · In studio

I am a comeback trumpet player of 25+ years. Michael has been fantastic in helping me rediscover so much of what I'd forgotten when I originally played. In 8 months, he's brought me back to where I was and beyond. With his help, I've been able to get my double octave range back faster than I thought possible. My overall technique, embouchure and sound has exponentially improved. Michael's enthusiastic, accessible, talented and incredibly knowledgeable. He loves music and has helped me engage with it in ways I never did. Our time together is always invigorating and I truly look forward to the lessons. I highly recommend him as a teacher and mentor.

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Brayden Jan 16, 2017
Spanish · In home

He helped me get through my first semester of Spanish in a very short amount of time without sacrificing my grades. He teaches very efficiently and is a good tutor.

Alayna Dec 30, 2016
Music Theory · Online

I decided to take a AP music class with no history whatsoever with musical experience. I got Michael to help with my midterm , and it went great! He reviews and explains concepts in a simple terms. Highly recommend.

Elisa Dec 29, 2016
Spanish · Online

Michael tutored my 15 yr old son online to help him prepare for his Spanish midterm. My son worked with a different Spanish tutor last year. He felt like Michael taught just as well but was "cooler". :). So he's a great tutor for a teenager who wants a cool teacher!! He said Michael covered exactly what he asked for help with and helped him a great deal. We will certainly be using him again.

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