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Michael S In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Accordion, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age

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Michael S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Accordion, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Musical Theater, Showtunes, Spirituals, Swing, New Age

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BA in Music MS in Music Education Over 20 years experience as a working musician
Awards:

Kurzweil Award for Excellence in Music

American Song Festival

Old Songs/New Ways

Overview:
Michael is a musical director, lyricist/composer, and music producer with an extremely varied background. He formed a medieval ensemble to perform at the premier of ROBIN AND MARIAN, and a Country-Western band for the South African equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. He’s a former musical director for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials, including CLASS OF '86, for which he also wrote several songs. Other television work includes the soundtrack for PBS BIOGRAPHY, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, CNN TRAVEL SERIES, and the Jane Leeves sitcom THROB. During its original New York run, he conducted LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician. These include PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES and SONG OF SINGAPORE. During the Toyota Comedy Festival, he was musical director and a contributing writer for FIRESIGN THEATRE. He has performed, produced, or written music and lyrics for numerous corporate clients, such as Bayer, Nike, Verizon, Kraft, CNN, Chase Manhattan, Scholastic, Hallmark, and many others. He continues playing both recording and club dates, and has performed with artists ranging from Jimmy Dean to Richard Gere to Shawn Colvin to MA$E, for whom he arranged and played keyboards on the platinum-selling I’M NO KILLAH. He is a contributing writer to CHILDREN’S MUSIC JOURNAL, NATIONAL LAMPOON, and THE SECOND SPRING (St Augistine’s Press). He was profiled in YOUR OWN WAY IN MUSIC (St. Martin’s Press).
EXPERIENCE
My 30 years of teaching experience includes countless private lessons, and being a Music Teacher at The Bank Street School For Children and other schools.
METHODS USED
For piano beginners who are children, I begin with the John W Schaum method. For piano beginners who are adults, I begin with the Beyer book for the piano. This is quickly supplemented with chord studies. For guitar students, we discuss what style(s) of music most interest them,and take it from there. For students who are not beginners, on any instrument, I can pick up right where they left off.
LESSON STYLE
I am fully student centered! Music is a pleasure, and learning it should be as well. All genres of music deserve respect, and I am pleased to teach any and all. (I do have a special fondness for mixing styles.)
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Michael helped improving my music knowledge and trombone basics

Review posted on Jan 13, 2015
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