Michaud Savage

Michaud S.

Seattle, WA

Lesson Details



Michaud delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 50

Teaching since:
March 2005

Composer, guitarist, and vocalist Michaud is an internationally based musician with over 15 years of teaching experience. As a solo and ensemble guitarist, Michaud is comfortable working in a wide spectrum of musical styles which have included jazz, classical, tango, rock, pop, latin folkloric music, and beyond. As a composer and producer, his work includes compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, Max/MSP, and performance art.

In addition to solo performance, Michaud has regularly played in a tango duo with Mirta Wymerszberg, is half of Duo Michma, leads The Ancient Present- a chamber orchestra performing new works- and is an auxilary member of Correo Aereo. In the past, he has served as musical director of the Tuesday Tease house band, was a regular guitarist for Bissou (focusing on French jazz and standards from the 1920’s-30’s). Over the years, he has had the honor and pleasure to work with Adam Tully, Ramiro Gallo, honey.moon.tree, Paintings for Animals, Justin Froese, Adra Boo, Beth Fleenor, Evan Flory-Barnes, Heather Bentley, Dawn Clement, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Chicharra Tango, Ben Thomas, Matt Weiner , Dana Wen, Amy Denio, Okanamode SoulChilde, Brad Hawkins, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Wayne Horvitz, Jakob Pek, Ammon Swinbank, and many others.

Michaud studied at the Cornish College of the Arts with Emily Doolittle, Jim Knapp, and Michael Nicolella. Michaud’s studies beyond Cornish include time at The Evergreen State College, where his studies with Terry Setter, Ben Kamen, Arun Chandra, and Sean Williams included an emphasis in Consciousness Studies and Music.

Michaud’s relationship with music began early on, singing in a choir and later playing in a youth orchestra. With the help of his grandfather he began playing guitar when he was 11, and quickly adopted this as his main instrument. Throughout high school, Michaud played in the school jazz band on both bass and electric guitar. Towards the end of this time, he started playing with honey.moon.tree, as well as Paintings for Animals, deepening his roots into rock music and expanding it into more experimental territories. Shortly thereafter, Michaud began to develop his work with the classical guitar and moved to South America to pursue a study of music, specializing in folkloric and indigenous music. After a year of study, Michaud returned to the United States and continued on to form a series of bands and ensembles in the roles of composer, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist.

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Music Educator
Jan 2005 - Present
Michaud S

I love teaching music; by which I mean by that I provide knowledge and tools for a person to develop their musical skills. For my students I try to find a personalized approach to understanding and developing with their instrument and the musical elements at hand. That said, sometimes there is a well-worn path that leads most directly to desired results, and so in that case we'll take that one. For whichever person is seeking a further understanding of music, I hope to always be able to provide some useful insight for their own musical journey.

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Sep 1995 - Present
Michaud S

I have been a performer for over 20 years, as a vocalist, guitarist, clarinetist, composer, and orchestrator. From classical to cabaret, from blues to tango, from opera to jazz, I have spent many years exploring different musical worlds.


Composition and Guitar Performance
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Cornish College of the Arts
Bachelors of the Arts in Music
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
The Evergreen State College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Bachelors of the Arts in Music
Jun 2011
The Evergreen State College

Bachelors degree in Music, with an emphasis in composition and guitar.


Teaching Artist in Residence
Dec 2015

Photos & Videos

Performed in December 2014 with the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Lyrics, composition, and arrangement by yours truly.
Winter jam @2013

I'm in blue, performing in a tango guitar quintet at Reed College to conclude the Tango Music Institute, 2014.

Photo by Michaud S.

Performing at KEXP's 2017 inauguration-day bed-in

Performing the music of David Bowie with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, December 2016.

An improvisation from summer 2016. Courtesy of the Free Association.
Anna Boyd and Michaud Savage cover "Lights On" with violin and classical guitar.
Photo by Michaud S.
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3 Reviews

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Heather Jan 29, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Michaud is a deep thinker and a compassionate and wise teacher. He is my colleague from Seattle where I have collaborated on numerous musical performances. I have sat in on his lessons and observed his kind and thoughtful approach to various students. He not only is a master of his subject, but he also interweaves rich additional background information of a theoretical and historical nature into his instruction. I have watched him teach a blind guitar student with great compassion and a tremendous grasp of what the challenges are in this situation. I enjoy his questioning approach to teaching, where he engages the student’s mind in trying to understand the root of a musical or technical problem. Anyone who studies with Michaud is in for an eye-opening and consciousness raising experience. I recommend his teaching highly.

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Amer Jan 27, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

Michaud is a brilliant instructor: patient, knowledgeable, methodical and above all kind. A pleasure to learn from in every way

Patrick Jan 27, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Took lessons in ukulele and acoustic guitar from Michaud for a period of six months, and greatly enjoyed the process.

Michaud carefully adapted our lessons to suit my interests and gave a very good account of the fundamentals of both instruments and the relevant music theory.

Have not had better lessons, period. Highly reccomended.

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