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Michael K In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Voice, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, New Age, Marching Band

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Michael K In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Voice, Saxophone, Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals, New Age, Marching Band

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Ages Taught: 12-70
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Doctor of Musical Arts: Eastman School of Music

Master of Music: Michigan State University

Bachelor of Music: University of North Carolina

www.michaelkissingermusic.com

www.bravoconcerts.com

www.vancouverwinejazz.com

Awards:

1998-Present: Founder / Artistic Director, Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

2006-Present: US Guest Conductor, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra

1993-Present: Artistic Director, Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series, Conductor Washington Chamber Orchestra / Bravo! Vancouver Chorale

Overview:
I'm a musician first and foremost.  This means that it is not my 'job', it is my life!  The first concert that I produced was when I was 16 years old, and it featured the legendary jazz clarinetist Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd.  Since that time, I have been performing, conducting, producing concerts, composing music and teaching students.  I have performed with a wide variety of classical and jazz and pop musicians: from The Brubeck Brothers, Diane Schuur, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Melissa Manchester; to the Oregon String Quartet and Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
EXPERIENCE
My PRIMARY goal is to instill a love for music in my students. My goal is for my music students to keep music in their lives so that it is an important part of their world, long after they are finished taking music lessons.  My teaching experience includes all levels, from Middle School to University levels and adult students.  I have taught Choir, Jazz Bands, Orchestras, Music History and Music Theory; as well as private clarinet lessons to students ranging from beginners to advanced college students.
METHODS USED
I like to use a wide variety of materials, from classical to jazz music.  CLARINET: For clarinet students, I use "standard" conservatory etude and scale books (such as the Rose Studies and Behrmann Studies).  I also use the Jamey Abersold Jazz Methods, which feature CD 'play-a-long' recordings of jazz music.  I also have my students perform a wide range of solo music, from 'standards' like the Mozart Clarinet Concerto to 20th century repertoire by composers like Bernstein, Copland and others.  I think it is important for students to be able to play jazz and improvise, so I teach them about Blues and how to play jazz, as well as classical music. VOICE: For younger voice students (Middle School) I use pop songs, Disney songs, etc; for high school and adult , we work on music ranging from Broadway and Show Tunes to Pop & Blues; and we also will work on classical and opera classics too. We also look at the basics of music theory.
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My joy is to see progress and growth in my students. I also enjoy seeing their love of music develop.  I take each student where they are: beginner or advanced, and put goals in place for them.  Such goals can be things like learning music for solo and ensemble band / orchestra competitions, performing in their Church, or putting together a jazz band or classical ensemble for concerts. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a student's desire to make progress.
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