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Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Funk, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Michael L In Home In Studio
Instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele
Styles: Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Funk, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 7-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Private sitar lessons with Mita Nag in Kolkatta, India Music Theory and piano education at St. Edward's University Private vocal lessons at Florence University of the Arts
Overview:
I am a classically trained musician who loves sparking other people's passion in music. I have been playing music professionally for several years, with several different instruments in a variety of genres. I have a thorough understanding of music theory and songwriting as well. I have a cozy studio in north/east Austin, but I can come to your house, too. I have been a professional public teacher for 3 years and am overjoyed when I see students fall in love with their instruents or creative projects.
EXPERIENCE
I am a public school teacher here in Austin and I have done my best to incorporate music in the classroom. I have taught instruments to my students, recorded an album with student written songs, hosted school wide performances, and visited students at home for personalized music education. I have also introduced and taught adults to instruments they now play professionally. I am currently a music mentor with a local non-profit that brings music to foster care children. I love nothing more than teaching someone to play their favorite song or helping him/her discover new songs within themselves.
METHODS USED
I typically begin with rhythm. The best melodies would not be worth anything if they aren't played with rhythm. After a student gains basic familiarity with their instrument I use a metronome (a musician's best and worst friend. Instead of playing traditional exercises, I teach students their favorite songs and techniques typical of their favorite genres.  With my understanding of theory I try to incorporate a tiny bit of theory into every lesson to make an initially intimidating subject more accessible.  
LESSON STYLE
I believe listening is the key to learning.  I listen to my students to discover what techniques are working best for them and which are their weakest then adapt my lessons to their needs. I also try to teach students how to listen to music, hear the empty spaces in songs that really give them their polish, and how to listen for other individual instruments to understand whem to accompany instruments and when to give them their own space.   I stay relaxed yet professional while teaching and listen to my students needs in order to give them the tools they need in order to fully express themselves on their instrument.
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