I teach music theory, how music works, to all my students as well as training their ears (ear training). They can sight sing, sight read and improvise knowing music theory. Classical music is easily understandable if you know music theory. Blues, R&B, Rock & Roll, Funk, Soul and Gospel are very closely related and a little music theory will enable you to play all those styles. Did I mention that I focus on music theory? LOL
Advanced pianist able to play all styles of music from Bach to Rock and specializing in Jazz and Classical. I've been playing for 50+ years, turning 62 this year. I've studied with some great teachers and have a lot to share with my students.
I travel to a student's home using Metro and so I account for how much time round trip it takes as well as any transfers in coming up with an additional travel cost.
After graduating with a degree in music I studied privately with some great teachers. Nancy Metesky helped me to focus on classical music. But I really fell in love with Jazz along the way and studied with Randy Halberstadt, Jerome Gray, Joni Metcalf, Dave Frank, Herbie Hancock, Fran Elsen and many others over these last five decades. I have so much to share with my students and they have so much fun with me.
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.
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