Michelle Kraak
Arden, NC
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Michelle Kraak

Michelle K.

Arden, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a masters degree from the Eastman School of Music, attended the competitive Aspen Music Festival and obtained her bachelor's degree from DePaul University. I am an experienced teacher of all ages and ability levels, having taught at several community schools and public schools. I teach students who can read music, have an instrument and have some very basic experience on the instrument, even if minimal! Lessons are geared towards the specific needs/goals of each student and I prioritize great fundamentals for maximum efficiency. I wants my students to reach their musical potential and have fun while doing so!

About Michelle K.

Michelle completed her Masters in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Following graduation, she attended the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Tom Hooten, Stuart Stephenson, Raymond Mase and David Krauss. She also had extensive study with the American Brass Quintet, especially Kevin Cobb and John Rojak who coached her brass quintet at Aspen.

Before attending Aspen, Michelle frequently performed with the historic Eastman Wind Ensemble while pursuing her master's degree. She was a featured soloist in the group’s performance of Dave Rivello’s While the Moon Looks Down. Michelle also successfully auditioned for the wind ensemble’s trumpet section for a ticketed concert with the Canadian Brass. She played in Cleveland's Severance Hall while on tour with the ensemble. In addition to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Michelle performed frequently with the Eastman Philharmonia. Notably, she performed Mahler’s sixth symphony and also played principal trumpet in a concert with Joshua Bell under the direction of David Zinnman with the Philharmonia. While at Eastman, Michelle studied with James Thompson.

Previous to her Master's studies, Michelle graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance at DePaul University where she studied with William Denton, Matthew Comerford, and Matthew Lee. In her time at DePaul, she performed in the DePaul Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wind Ensemble. She appeared with the Wind Ensemble on a television broadcast of Windy City Live for a special Veterans Day program. Michelle has performed at Chicago's Symphony Center as well as at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. She has played for several well-known trumpeters such as Chris Martin, Charlie Geyer and Tony Plog.

Dedicated to music education, Michelle taught at the Eastman Community Music School as a trumpet intern and was selected to teach for the Aspen’s P.A.L.S. teaching program. Additionally, she has been an instructor for brass at high school marching band camps. Michelle recently moved to Asheville, NC where she recently became a substitute trumpet player for the Hendersonville Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic and is a member of the Pisgah Brass Quintet. She also teaches at Montreat college in as an adjunct music professor. Michelle primarily plays classical music, but also has some experience in jazz. She is able to teach students of all ages and ability levels.


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5 Reviews
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Michelle is awesome!! She is uniquely great at identifying the areas of your playing that can be improved and prescribing exactly the right exercises to correct them. I've been taking lessons with her for a little over a month after playing for about 5 years and I already feel like I've improved. You can really tell that she's an expert. Not to mention, she is very fun and nice. I highly recommend Michelle to anyone!!

Posted Oct 15, 2020
Gary B.
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Just had my first lesson with Michelle and I am delighted to have her as a teacher. She is knowledgeable and organized. I like how she starts with the basics including breathing and buzzing before progressing on to other things. I appreciate her warm personalty and patience since I am coming back to the trumpet after a long hiatus I am looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
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You will not find a more qualified trumpet instructor in the Asheville area. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to the table along with a positive and encouraging attitude. Michelle is qualified by her BM in trumpet performance from DePaul University and her MM in Instrumental performance and Literature from the renown Eastman School of Music. Students will enjoy taking lessons from her and will excel in their musical studies!

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Vanessa M. Torres
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Best teacher ever , specially if your kid haven't played any instrument before ,she has the magic of showing and kids learning so fast is unbelievable. Thanks to her my daughter has been very successful in music and she even got into School of the Arts. She is very patient,very sweet and very supportive even after she has finished giving her classes. We are very thankful and grateful for all she has done. Thank you Michelle so much!

Posted Oct 8, 2019

Michelle is an excellent teacher, having experience as an instructor at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. She has excelled as a performer herself, graduating with her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Would highly recommend!

Posted Oct 2, 2019

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Adjunct Professor
Feb 2020 - Present

Montreat College

Taught an online course titled "Music in the U.S"

Piano Teacher
Jan 2020 - Present

Piano Lab

Beginning piano lessons teacher and substitute

Sep 2019 - Present

Pisgah Brass Quintet

Sep 2019 - Present

Riceville Community Church

Trumpet Substitute
Jul 2019 - Present

Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra

Trumpet Substitute
Jun 2019 - Present

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Beginning Piano Instructor
Sep 2018 - May 2019

Falls View Academy

Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2017 - May 2019

Eastman Community Music School


Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Aspen Music Festival

MM Trumpet Performance and Literature
Sep 2017 - May 2019

Eastman School of Music

Trumpet Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016

DePaul University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Susan Slaughter Solo Competition
Jul 2012

Women's Brass Conference

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