- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- 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!
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.
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.
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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I really enjoy taking cello lessons from Michelle. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More