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Michele passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Michele delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 80

Teaching since:
1993

I've been teaching piano for 26 years and my students have gone on to develop a love of music with life long skills that have brought them to the stage & recording studios, awards in the Musical Theater Industry, conservatories and sharing their music on a daily basis with confidence and joy! Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to understand how to read and comprehend music in much the same way you read a book and as time goes on you'll be able to use these skills to fuel a large repertoire in any style of music. I specialize in Classical, Pop, Broadway and New Music, typically use Faber&Faber Books for beginning pianists, and on to the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus and Main Stream Repertoire to support each style of music and have the following tools available for your lessons: Books, Worksheets, Charts and more! I love working with eager students of all ages and experience levels, including those who have years under their belt and would like to improve their skills and I can't wait to meet you!

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Experience

Concert Pianist and Composer
Jan 2005 - Present
Self

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Born in NYC and raised in Greenwich, CT, Michele graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1984 with a Degree in Piano Performance.

Michele went on to become a Vocal Coach for off-Broadway productions and a Ballet Accompanist for twenty years for soloist and principles at such studios such a STEP Studio in NYC and of such companies as Connecticut Ballet Theater, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

In 1993, Michele established her teaching Studio, Etudes, LLC, based in Greenwich, CT.

In 1998-2005 Goritz Berlant created scores for such Ballet Companies as Classic Dance Theater of Stamford, CT and created music for children's CD’s.

In 2005, Michele developed her own Concert Series using influences of Classical, Jazz, and New Music and from her work with NYU’s Esther Lamneck, Director of NYC’s New Music Program and jazz studies with Kenny Werner pianist, composer. During this time, Michele performed the Italian premier of Tracer, a piano and electro-acoustical piece at the New Music Festival in Genoa Italy.
Michele composes and performs to share the light and spirit of music throughout the US and Europe. Her piano concerts, which include works from the Classical Repertoire to highlight the full piano experience, are interactive, giving the audience opportunity to comment and question as a view into the creative process.

Michele has performed several concerts on the Oregon Coast to benefit such theaters as The Ellensburg Theater in Gold Beach and the Liberty Theater in North Bend.

In 2017 Michele co-developed The Ellensburg Theater Youth Dance Collaborative of Gold Beach, Oregon, with choreographer Vanessa Spini. A three month program for children ages 10-18 teaching all aspects of Theater through dance. The hour long score for their performance piece, A Gathering of Individuals, was also written and performed by Michele Goritz Berlant on the piano and with computer integration and included Classical-style music along with Jazz, Pop and Hip Hop.

"Michele is truly a fine pianist and her ability to explore all aspects of new music performance, including improvisation, the creation of a new sonic palette and interaction with new technologies distinguish her as an artist. Michele is innovative and creative and her work merits support in all venues.”
Dr Esther Lamneck, Director NYU Music and Dance Program

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Education

Piano Performance
Sep 1980 - May 1984
Manhattan School of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Oct 1998

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

Photos & Videos

Solo Piano Performance at the Liberty Theater in North Bend, Oregon

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Solo Piano Performance at the Liberty Theater in North Bend, Oregon

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Performance at private party during Christmas, 2017

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Special Invite to play an original piece at the House of Representatives in Salem, Oregon.

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House of Representatives performance March, 7, 2017

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from L to R, Rep Cady Mckeown who sponsored my performance, me, and two dear friends who are also  my piano students!
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8 Reviews

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margaret Mar 11, 2019
Piano · In home

I was recommended by a friend to have Michele as a piano teacher. I was recently retired and available to follow my dreams of playing the piano. Michele more than filled my expectations as I found enjoyment playing classical and favorite tunes.
She is wonderful!

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Amy Mar 10, 2019
Piano · Online

Michele is more than a fantastic musician, although she is that as well. She has a deep understanding and love of music which is demonstrated in her teaching, her composing and her playing. What sets her truly head and shoulder above all the teachers I’ve had, several as a child and three as an adult, is her ability to tailor lessons to deepen knowledge. She is very attuned to her student and will adapt her teaching techniques if a student doesn’t learn well initially. She is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles from classical and jazz to pop and even throws in a rap beat when called for. Michele would be an excellent teacher for any student, young, mature, beginner to advanced because she has both a gift for music and a gift for teaching and connecting with students.

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edie Mar 6, 2019
Piano · In home

Michele is a sensitive fun loving player and composer who also brings so much kindness and understanding to her students. I know because I was one of them along with my kids. She's passionate and serious without being stuffy!
We love her.
Edie Brickell.

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Matt Mar 5, 2019
Piano · In home

I took piano lessons with Michele for many years as a child and a young adult, and I cannot say enough about her patience, knowledge, and poise as an instructor. Early on, she put up with me not practicing my scales and found ways to encourage me with repertoire I would find interesting and make a commitment to practice. A love of music is a lifelong benefit and my understanding and ability were cultivated through Michele's tutelage.

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Carolyn Mar 5, 2019
Piano · In home

Michele is a consummate musician… Her talent, knowledge and love of music translates to being the best music teacher I’ve ever had. For someone, as myself, in which music has played a part in all of my 68 years, she manages to open new doors to learning in an extremely meaningful manner. Technique is always a part of the lesson as well as learning and understanding the form of the notes, chords, phasing, and nuance; All that plays a part in producing a beautiful piece of music.
Her communication skills are excellent. I have had many conversations with her on the phone helping me get over a rough spot in a piece without having her with me at the piano, so I think she would be a wonderful on-line teacher. Living in a rural area of Oregon, I considered finding an on-line teacher and than was lucky enough to find her in a nearby town and her willingness to travel. Her beautiful, open and friendly demeanor would be a lovely contribution to being a Great on-line teacher. I wouldn’t hesitate for one second in hiring her in your company. any student of hers would be lucky to have her as their teacher
Carolyn B. Williams

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Yvonne V. Mar 4, 2019
Piano · Online

My praises for Michelle are endless. She is a wonderful and gifted piano teacher. Michelle's skills and patience helped bring out the best in my daughters creativity in music. She's a great motivator and will definitely help you reach your goals.

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Corliss Mar 4, 2019
Piano · In home

I am in my sixties and inherited a piano and decided why not take lessons. I knew Michele and her background and she was willing to help a complete beginner. She is fabulous. Michele instructs in such a kind and enthusiastic way that you can understand this beautiful instrument. She will take you from where you are and take you where you want to go.

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Robin Mar 4, 2019
Piano · In home

Three members of our household were fortunate to have Michele as a piano instructor over a ten year period prior to her leaving our area in the Northeast to the Northwest. We had a variety of abilities and interests in the types of music we liked to play. Michele was able to adapt a program of piano study to each individual. She focused on theory, technique and musical enjoyment. We played a variety of material ranging from classic, contemporary and jazz. She helped provide an encouraging and positive environment to learn piano. She took interest in other activities that my children participated in like drama, sports and religious pursuits. She kept them interested in studying piano when another might have given up. We all continue to play and express appreciation to Michele for her dedication to this art form and her willingness to share her talents and skills with us. She made a difference!

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