Michael Weiss
Tucson, AZ
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Michael Weiss

Michael W.

Tucson, AZ
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have been playing clarinet professionally for over ten years. My first performance was a production of "Guys and Dolls," and it opened up opportunities to play multiple woodwinds in all kinds of contexts. I am currently on-call to play with a number of symphony orchestras in town as well.
I am excited to share my passion for this beautiful instrument!

About Michael W.

I am a woodwind specialist with a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Arizona. I have been performing and competing since the fifth grade. Since arriving in Tucson in 2010, I have performed with dozens of groups, perhaps most notably the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. I play a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me the opportunity to travel all over the world, from London to China and Mexico to Peru.
I opened my private lesson studio in 2012. Since then, I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. Lessons revolve around strong fundamentals, but feature fun and engaging activities such as games, transcriptions of pop tunes (or any genre), active listening and discussion, free and guided improvisation and anything else that inspires each individual student. I have taught beginners as young as eight years old to advanced players well into their retirement.
I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you!

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Rebecca
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Michael is an excellent teacher and he was so patient with my daughter (5th grade). She was way ahead of the other students in her class and he found additional music for her to learn so she wasn't bored.

Posted Feb 10, 2016
Suzette
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When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Suzette
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When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Suzette
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When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 4, 2016
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Posted Feb 4, 2016
Amanda
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Mike does an awesome job with my daughter. She has really improved on discipline and more complicated notes. She really enjoys going to lessons and can't wait to preform. I highly recommend this Mike!

Posted Feb 4, 2016
Susan

When I was in school, my teachers never taught theory or ear training. Michael was very patient teaching an old dog new tricks. I am now able to do close listening to music, and can sometimes figure out how to play a piece of music without it written down. Thank you so much!

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Liz
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Mike has a wealth of knowledge about all the woodwind instruments and musical theory. He also never stops adding to that own knowledge as a performer and teacher by consistently seeking out professional opportunities to improve his own skills.

Posted Feb 1, 2016

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Experience

Principal Woodwind Performer
Oct 2014 - Present

Arizona Repertory Theatre

- Sight read, improvise and perform musical theater repertoire at a professional level - Double on various saxophones, flutes and clarinets - Make important style decisions based on context of the music

Woodwind Instructor
Jun 2014 - Present

Music & Arts

- Create lesson plans that are personalized for each student - Encourage public performance and competition through recitals and auditions - Write and arrange fun, unique songs chosen by either student or teacher

Private Lesson Director
Jan 2012 - Present

Michael Weiss Music

- Create lesson plans that are personalized for each student - Encourage public performance and competition through recitals and auditions - Write and arrange fun, unique songs chosen by either student or teacher

Education

Saxophone Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014

University of Arizona

Associate of Music
Jan 2009 - May 2010

Oakton Community College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Fine Arts Scholarship
Aug 2012

University of Arizona

Affiliations

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Nov 2013
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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