Michelle Packman

Michelle P.

Boston, MA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music theory often seams difficult when you have the wrong teacher. I learned from the best and the worst, and I can bring to our tutoring sessions what you feel might be missing from your music theory classes, or perhaps you'd like to learn music theory to strengthen your knowledge of composition. No matter what it is, I am a music theory nerd and would love to offer you my help! (I got the highest grades in all of my theory courses and was even told to pursue composition on more than one occasion--I really know my stuff!)
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Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+ and males 5 to 17

Teaching since:
January 2011

Hello, students and parents!!!

My name is Michelle, and I'm an "older student" at the internationally renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. For years I was a professional, full-time cellist and music teacher in Southern California.

I have had the opportunity to do so many cool things with music over the years! I get to travel to other states, play in beautiful places like Carnegie Hall, give lectures at music schools, play in music videos with famous rock bands, even record for video games like League of Legends, and cues in prime time television! Wow, how lucky am I? It all seems surreal. How did I get to do all of those cool things?

It's because I had so many awesome, loving, caring mentors who were there for me all of those times I got down on myself and felt like giving up. Those moments on the road to fulfillment are huge stepping stones, moments I will never forget and always have to lean on when I am filled with doubt. The power of an encouraging word of a mentor is priceless, and I believe the blessings I have are a testament to the presence of compassionate mentors in my life.

I've been teaching music for almost ten years, reaching hundreds of brilliant kids since I started teaching. I've always tried to be for my students like those mentors who were there for me.

My teaching philosophy is centered around fostering a connection between music and happiness. The necessarily includes loads of encouragement, fun, the occasional happy dance, discovering musical intuition (basic improvisation and listening), a holistic knowledge of music (basic theory and history), anxiety management, and life-long lessons about the value of concentration and hard work. I believe in getting to know my students personally, and usually take some time out of every lesson to catch up on my students' lives. This may seem like a waste of time, but in fact is extremely important for the student to feel as though they belong in my studio and, in a broader sense, the world of music.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my life and my teaching. Please ask any questions! I respond quickly and will get back to you asap!

Best,
Michelle

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Experience

Owner, Music Educator
Sep 2006 - Present
Private Company

Hello, parents and prospective students!

Music with Michelle is my home studio program. When you sign up with me for lessons, you will become a member of my home studio, which includes perks like optional open mic and recital participation, cool videos with practical tips for learning your instrument, lots of love, schedule flexibility, and more!

My most popular subjects to teach are beginning to advanced cello lessons, and beginning piano lessons for young children. I also love teaching young kids the basics of violin, viola, and bass. Let me say that again: I LOVE teaching the little ones!

I have been teaching privately since I was in high school, and have learned a lot over the last ten years about how our minds learn and grow. I've had hundreds of amazing students over the years and I'm amazed by their dedication and creativity. It makes me remember how meaningful my mentors were for me, and I try my best to be there for my students, not just in my lessons, but in life. I love teaching, I love my students, and I can't wait to meet more! I aim to help you not only reach your temporary goals, but also help you or your child gain patience, perseverance, and confidence which can be called upon to help through all of life's trials.

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Strings/Piano/Group Lesson Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jul 2017
Sunset Learning Studio

I was in "extremely high-demand" as a faculty member at Sunset Learning Studio in Redondo Beach. I loved teaching at Sunset because their values are close to my heart. It is a family-run lesson studio which places a huge emphasis on community and student happiness. They don't, nor do I, believe in intimidation or over-straining young students. We have a shared belief in the intrinsic rewards of learning an instrument, and the fun brought out by skilled teachers.

Sunset is so kind and caring to their teachers as well, and I think that speaks volumes about their business. Within the first couple months I was given a raise and more opportunities to teach group classes. It is so wonderful to feel like your hard work is noticed and valued. I have a great relationship with all of the staff here, and it has a great deal to do with the environment.

The students flourish in a place like this, most of my students here are young pianists ages 5-12, not only are they happy, but they all develop real bona-fide (not just adorable) music skills.

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Strings Instructor/Interim Manager
Nov 2011 - Sep 2015
Tustin Music Center

The was my first teaching studio job, I began it at the end of college. This was the first time I had to make a syllabus and keep serious track of students progress, program recitals, and more. I learned so much from teaching down in Tustin and met many students with whom I will keep a lasting relationship.

Tustin Music demanded a lot from their teachers in terms of excellence, this helped me grow so much and become the encouraging knowledgeable teacher I am today. I am so thankful for their advisement and encouragement.

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Education

Performance Certificate
Jul 2017 - Present
Berklee College of Music
Bachelors of Music, String Performance - Cello
Sep 2009 - May 2012
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Hollywood Scoring's Future Session Players Clinic
Jan 2015
Hollywood Scoring
Tanya-Reed Gardner Memorial Scholarship
Aug 2007
TRG Music Endowed Scholarship Fund
Semper Fidelis Music Award
Jun 2006
US Marine Corps

Affiliations

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
May 2010

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

This is my latest music video, recorded with I See Stars in Culver City, CA in August, 2015. They were super nice and fun to work with!!
I recorded solo cello for this Palawan tourism board video shot by amazing videographer Scott Mcfarlane.
Music video for famous Persian artist, Shadmehr, shot in the beautiful Angeles forest with my friends Kiara & Ginny on violin and viola!
All-female team: Pianist & friend Summer wrote this piece for herself and strings! Girl power!
Playing cello with the wonderful Loft Sessions ensemble. Georgia on My Mind, featuring Berklee singer Mario Jose!
Solo cello work I did for League of Legends character Taliyah the Stoneweaver
My assistant is also a songwriter! Produced by our mutual friend Noor Che'ree, I recorded a solo for this beautiful song!
This is where my heart is. I love pop! I loved working on this session with Berklee singer Nigel Tay and amazing producer Juan Ariza!
Collaboration with dancers and storytellers.... this was a fun shoot in the fashion district of downtown LA
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3 Reviews

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Amanda H. Mar 11, 2016
Cello · Online

I really enjoy taking cello lessons from Michelle. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.

Lori T. Nov 5, 2015
Cello · Online

My 9-year-old son has been taking cello lessons from Michelle for the past 1.5 months or so. I find her to be an excellent teacher. Michelle shows a genuine interest in my son, asking him about how he's doing and has the excellent ability to break down complex musical concepts into small, teachable increments. Not all teachers can do this and Michelle does it very well! She is encouraging and never demeaning, but is careful to point out weaknesses and models how to improve. She keeps the lesson going and packs much into 30 minutes. Her rewards program for younger students is highly motivating for my son! I have a BA in Music myself, and would highly recommend Michelle!

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Dora Oct 5, 2015
Cello · In studio

Michelle is a great teacher. I just feel I can make progress and really can learn from her class. Even though it is just my second class with her, but i love to have her classes. I can feel that every class she has some plan and know what kind of information should be covered by the class. Even though I am adult beginner, she treats me seriously to really teach me something. And every small thing, she will explain to me and make sure i can understand. It is very important because even though i am an adult, i am still the beginner and know nothing about cello. i love her class a lot and think i can really keep learning with her. BTW, her class is also very interesting and i can feel that she is a very experienced cello teacher.

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