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D
Dan
« 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! »
$60/h
1st lesson free!
Verified teacher profile
Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Michael
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting
  • Musicology
  • Orchestration
Levels
  • All Levels

Online Zoom tutoring using Music Theory to help you play piano, bass and guitar!

Methodology

I teach how to improvise or make up music spontaneously or compose without pencil and paper. I teach ear training so that you can learn a song just by listening to music. For some people, copying what they see me play is the fastest way that they learn. For others, reading my theory syllabus helps. Some people enjoy the mastering of the instrument, requiring them to practice scales and chords. Others, want to learn how to sight read, opening up the door to playing everything published. And still others enjoy reading chord symbols and melodies, while others want to compose their own music and need help with orchestration or music theory. Whatever your needs, I can help.

Background

I am a performer, composer and music teacher, having taught for over thirty years. I customize your lessons to help you to reach your musical goals. By studying just what you need to get where you want to go, you save time and money.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $60/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $275
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $550
Lessons offered by Michael
Individual
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting
  • Musicology
  • Orchestration
Levels
  • All Levels

Michael's resume

I have learned music from Jerome Gray, Randy Halberstadt, Gloria Swisher, Victor Smiley, Nancy Matesky, Herbie Hancock, Dave Frank and many others. I have played in bands that play funk, rock, gospel, R&B, and jazz. I have conducted a 16 piece orchestra, the Portage Bay Big Band. I have helped many musicians get started over thirty years.

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D
Dan

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!

Daniel

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.

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