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Michelle Y.
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Guitar lessons can include (but is not limited to): -basic chords in first position and strumming basics -advanced chords in other positions -flatpicking basics -advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility) -basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles -learning to accompany yourself while singing -learning to play with other people -participating in jams -basic of chord theory and structure -reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
About Michelle Y.

Get to know me a little better by watching my intro video below, or click on the "Ask Michelle A Question" button right next to my picture! Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies. I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form and technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox! My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!) My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with. Thanks for visiting my page! *** Equipment *** I expect my students to have an instrument of their own that is in good working order. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge from selling fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2003

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Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance

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Teaches ages 5+

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Michelle Y.
Teaches Online
Guitar lessons can include (but is not limited to): -basic chords in first position and strumming basics -advanced chords in other positions -flatpicking basics -advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility) -basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles -learning to accompany yourself while singing -learning to play with other people -participating in jams -basic of chord theory and structure -reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
About Michelle Y.

Get to know me a little better by watching my intro video below, or click on the "Ask Michelle A Question" button right next to my picture! Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies. I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form and technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox! My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!) My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with. Thanks for visiting my page! *** Equipment *** I expect my students to have an instrument of their own that is in good working order. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge from selling fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!

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Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2003

Education

Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance

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Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

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Michelle is a wonderful teacher! She is patient and motivating, and helped me to set specific goals that advanced my classical guitar playing. I now have 4-5 pieces under my fingers that are so much fun for me to play and also taught me new techniques.

Posted Apr 18, 2021
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I've been learning the banjo from Michelle for the past 18 months. Never touched a musical instrument before. Now have learned a dozen clawhammer tunes and four banjo tunings. Michelle is amazing...so patient but keeps you moving! I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 10, 2021
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Great to be back!! Lots of fun :)

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Banjo Teacher
Aug 2019 - Present
Kanack School of Musical Artistry
Teach private lessons and coach bluegrass, old-time and folk bands for both children and adults
Banjo/Guitar Player, Vocals
Feb 2016 - Present
Harpeth Rising
Music Teacher
Jan 2003 - Present
Self
Private lessons in guitar (all styles), banjo, ukulele, mandolin and fiddle
Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Creative Ability Development
Aug 2021
Creative Ability Development, Inc./Kanack School of Musical Artistry
Creative Ability Development (CAD) is a method that uses musical improvisation as a tool to develop the creative side of the brain. Its pedagogical purpose is to teach unique self-expression or musicality. Its philosophical purpose is to develop the ethical character of artistry in every student, which is the search for, and expression of, truth and beauty. CAD teaches students how to create together and share ideas, and inspires in each student a non-competitive internal drive for excellence. The CAD method is based on research, which explains how the process of creativity works in the brain to solve problems. Using music as a language and improvisation as a tool, the method of CAD replicates the creative process through group games and solo exercises. Through the disciplined practice of the CAD method, all students can develop their innate creativity to a very high level.

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Acoustic Guitar
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