Mike Smale
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Mike Smale

Mike S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With over 10 years of professional teaching experience, my curriculum is specialized to each student to meet their unique interests and musical goals in any style they with to pursue. You will be learning the pieces and songs you want, whether they be classical, jazz, rock or video game soundtrack, while simultaneously building a strong foundation in technique, sight-reading, ear training and music theory in a way that never deviates from placing the music you are passionate about first.

About Mike S.

​Mike is a passionate musician, photographer, writer and short filmmaker who has received international acclaim for his unique compositions and fine-art photography. He is a strong advocate for the arts and humanitarianism.

As a musician, Mike is best known for his virtuosic performances, compositions and improvisations for the piano and bass guitar. Growing up in a musical family, he learned how to play jazz and classical music from listening to the recordings of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans and Glenn Gould, and by reading along with scores to orchestral and theatre music. He began playing the piano at the age of seven and the bass at the age of seventeen with only a few years of private lessons.

Mike has performed and hosted art galleries throughout Canada and the United States, sharing his perspective on the natural beauty of the world and its lesser known, abstract undertones. He continues to create new musical and visual works in various genres from his home studio hidden away in the pines.

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Debbie
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Since we have been unable to leave the house since March, Mike has provided excellent education for my son and keeps him in high spirits during this time. My son is able to do something he loves without having to worry out leaving the house and Mike is a great teacher and supporter through all of this.

Posted Jun 22, 2020

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Experience

Music Teacher
Sep 2009 - Present

Self-Employed

Private lessons on piano, electric bass, composition, and arranging with students of all ages from pre- reading to adults, from beginner to advanced. Curriculum weaved by individual needs and musical interests alongside structured exercises in technique, sight reading and ear training/solfege.

Session Musician
Jan 2008 - Present

Freelancer

Studio recording and collaboration as a pianist/keyboardist, electric bassist and dulcimer player in a variety of styles including: jazz, classical, blues, pop/rock, folk, soul, R&B, country, soundtracks, etc.

Professional Pianist
May 2001 - Present

Freelancer

Solo piano performances at weddings, business functions, auctions, formal events, and in general venues such as restaurants, clubs, bars and outdoor locations.

Bassist
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011

Je M'appelle Mallory

Bassist as part of a modern/jazz fusion ensemble for a small series of vocal and dance performances in February of 2011.

Musical Director
Nov 2007 - Mar 2008

Fitchburg Players

• Provided piano accompaniment and orchestral reductions to an ensemble of 16 individuals. • Instructed individuals in vocal training, annunciation and blocking. • Managed and approved the show's musical numbers, cues, and audio/video support.

Labourer
May 2000 - May 2007

Wailing Dino Productions

Home repair and renovations, carpentry, electrical installations, and general manual labour.

Writer/Editor
Sep 2001 - Oct 2005

Freelance

Created informative content for websites, original research and theses on historical subjects, editing and proofreading of student and professional essays, writing for the Web (blogging, social media content, humorous/satirical content), journalism and fact-checking.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Jul 2005 - Jun 2009

Fitchburg State University

Piano
Sep 2001 - May 2004

Thayer Conservatory

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Esperanto

Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 2015
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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