I teach at all levels, from the very beginner to the advanced, how to play guitar, bass and piano. My teaching methods help the student to learn more quickly how to play their instrument. All students master their instrument through ear-training and learning music theory (how music works). Many of my students have started their own bands and have joined other music programs. I can prepare the student for a jazz (improvisational) program as well as a classical audition.
Studying music will enrich your life in so many ways. It keeps your mind sharp and your spirit young. It trains you with self-discipline. Music is a universal language and will help you to communicate and express yourself in a new way. I look forward to helping you advance in your music goals.
I've taught music privately since 1985. Hundreds of students have started or joined a band and are happily performing music. Others have become teachers themselves. Being a performing artist gives me great insight into helping others learn. I have performed with Ernestine Anderson, Kathi McDonald, Isaac Scott and conducted the sixteen piece orchestra The Portage Bay Big Band.
My primary fee is $40 per hour lesson and will charge more for the time to travel to your home, based on how far I travel and the amount of time.
I have studied with Dr. Gloria Swisher, Victor Smiley, Randy Halberstadt, Jerome Gray, Joni Metcalf, Herbie Hancock, Frans Elsen and many others.
Michael breaks down step-by-step process on music theory. He makes it simple to understand & will continue to inspire his students to continue journey of learning about music & through this learn about oneself.
Michael is great! My son studied under another traditional teacher and he learned piano pieces and forgot them months later. He didn't have much fun, just memorizing pieces.
Michael teaches a different way. He encourages imagination and allows students to choose songs/pieces that he likes as well as breaking down practice pieces, that end up being complete songs. He teaches music theory. My son looks forward to the lessons much more than the previous teacher.
Eventually, my son will also learn guitar from Michael. It's not taking chances if you start or change to Michael as a music teacher!
I've been taking adult beginner jazz piano lessons with Michael for 8 months. 2 of those have been entirely online via zoom. I like him, and think the time and money I've spent with Michael have been worthwhile.
Michael's approach is centered around building deep musical intuition. He provides a binder-full of curriculum, containing a mixture of reference, exercises, and songs.
In a typical hour-long lesson, Michael will introduce a new concept (a progression, a scale, a mode, a song, etc) with about 45 minutes of discussion or demonstration and about 15 minutes of guided practice. He works to incorporate things I'm interested in. For instance, he's accommodated specific songs I want to play.
For moving to online lessons, Michael has a pretty good camera and microphone setup so you can see what he's doing at the piano. It's not as good as in-person lessons, but it beats not having lessons at all!
I play piano to relax, be in a creative space, and to entertain. Since I’ve started lessons with Michael the music I’m making is much more interesting and fun to play. I am always challenged and encouraged to have fun.
|at his home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||$60||$60||Not available|
|5 hours||$275||$275||Not available|
|10 hours||$550||$550||Not available|