Mike Bell

Mike B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Ukulele

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I can show you how to play and sing almost any song using easy chords and simple strumming, or spice it up with more advanced flashy strumming and chords!
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About

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Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1997

I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, as the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!

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Experience

Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Drum, Bass, Accordion, Ukulele, Theory, Composition, and Songwriting Teacher
Jan 2011 - Present
Self-Employed

Teaching private and group lessons.

Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Drum, Bass, Accordion, Ukulele, Theory, Composition, and Songwriting Teacher
Jan 2011 - Dec 2016
Beethoven At Home

Teaching private lessons in my home studio and in student's homes

Piano, Music Theory, and Composition Teacher
Sep 2007 - Jul 2013
Tom Lee Music Academy

Teaching private and group piano and theory lessons at music school in Vancouver, BC

Piano and Guitar Teacher
Sep 2009 - Jul 2010
Internationale Musikschule Berlin

Teaching private lessons at a private music school in Berlin, Germany.

Piano Teacher
Sep 2001 - Jun 2009
Self-Employed

Teaching private piano lessons while going to school for music.

Piano and Drum teacher
Sep 1997 - Jul 2001
Self-Employed

Started teaching as a teenager in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, while preparing to go to Music School.

Education

B.Mus in Music Composition and Piano
Sep 2003 - Apr 2007
University of British Columbia
Performer's ARCT in Piano
Sep 1988 - Jul 2003
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Diploma in Piano Performance
Sep 2001 - Apr 2003
Capilano University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Vocal Instructor Level 1
Feb 2016
Institute of Vocal Advancement

https://www.vocaladvancement.com/
IVA was founded by a group of world-class teachers of singing who have over 125 years of combined experience training singers and teachers of singing.

The founding members have dedicated themselves to learning the best method for training the voice, and to pass this knowledge on to others.

The IVA Master Teachers are responsible for providing and developing ongoing education for IVA Student Teachers and IVA Certified Teachers in private lessons, webinars, Master Classes and Teacher Trainings. They are evaluating and certifying IVA Instructors of all levels.

These Master Teachers have worked with singers of every genre: From Rock and Pop musicians going out on major tours to leads on Broadway performing Musical Theatre.

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B.Mus in Music Composition and Piano
Apr 2007
University of British Columbia

Performer's ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto)
Jul 2003
The Royal Conservatory of Music

Awards

Nan McLean Goodwin Award for Piano Performance
Apr 2003
Capilano University
Kawai Canada Music Ltd. Piano Scholarship
Apr 2002
Capilano University

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Mar 2013

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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SOCAN
Sep 2004

SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 130,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. Through licenses, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work.

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Photos & Videos

Mike Bell Music Teacher
Live Piano Solo - Vivace Florida Tour 2017
With The Living and Plastic Acid Orchestra at The Vancouver Jazz Festival 2015

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With Vivace, Florida Tour 2017

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With The Living and The Plastic Acid Orchestra at The Vancouver Jazz Festival 2015
With Plastic Acid Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver 2016

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With The Whiskeydicks at Toby's Vancouver, BC 2012
With The Living at The Rickshaw, Vancouver, BC 2015
With The Whiskeydicks at Sunstroke Music Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon 2012
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4 Reviews

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Victoria Oct 19, 2017
Piano · In home

Patient, kind, instructive

Gloria Aug 23, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

A gifted musician and teacher, Mike makes learning to play the guitar (or piano) a fun journey. His enthusiasm is infectious, and his knowledge of multiple instruments and musical genres makes him a well-rounded instructor who can adapt to each child's interests and goals. I have been amazed at the progress my son has made this year on the guitar. He was even inspired to start vocal lessons half way through the year.

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Cybele Aug 22, 2017
· In home

Mike Bell is an excellent musician and a great music teacher across numerous instruments. He has the ability to get kids motivated to practice and to have fun playing the music they enjoy. We especially love the concerts where all the students get to perform in front of an audience at a real live venue rather than a stuffy recital hall. Mike is definitely the coolest music teacher in town!

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Jelger Aug 22, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mike is a wonderful piano teacher. I started lessons with him after a bad experience with another teacher. Mike immediately restored my confidence with his patient and attentive method of teaching. Most of all, he has a way of making me enthusiastic about learning more by continuously adapting the speed and contents of the lessons to my need. I wouldn’t want any other piano teacher.

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