Michael Smith

Michael S.

Portland, OR

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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:
September 1996

I have toured the country, opened up for large acts (Art Alexakis of Everclear, Ron Sexsmith), I currently play in professional symphonies (Columbia and Vancouver Symphony), write music for documentaries and commercials, and am finishing my degree in Percussion Performance at PSU. In addition to this experience, I have studied with drummers Gary Hobbs(Stan Kenton), and Sean Wagner (Cherry Poppin' Daddies"). I have been teaching privately for about 15 years now, and have students that have gone on to do amazing things in music!! Every bit of this experience is at your disposal when you come into your lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
I can show you how you can learn to play drum set or guitar by spending only 15 minutes a day! My philosophy is to teach you how to practice because that is the greatest thing you can do for a student. If you can't overcome your internal obstacles standing in the way of your practicing, you will never get to the next level. If you follow the structure of that 15 minutes of practicing everyday, in no time at all you will be able to play your instrument. I will also teach you to read music, because "if you teach a man(or women) to fish, they will eat for a life time!" If you can read music, you can tap into a never ending source musical adventures!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate side wing of the house w/ music studio w/ marimba, drum set, piano, guitars, bass, amp, pa system, recording equipment, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Jazz drumming-Funk-
Classical Percussion-Marimba specialties

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2 Reviews

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HeatherB Jun 13, 2012

Terrific Instructor

Michael is a patient teacher, very detail oriented. He answers all of my son's questions and it's obvious he enjoys teaching very much. Michael understands the importance of building strong foundational skills, like how to read musical notation. He's very experienced and professional. My son enjoys all of his sessions.

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monicak Mar 9, 2012

I was somewhat nervous using an instructor I had never met, and from a website I had never heard of before. But what we found in Michael is a professional, friendly, well trained musician who has motivated my son to practice and improve his skills on the drums. That's refreshing!

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