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Michele B In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Drums, Conga, Latin Percussion, Music
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Funk, Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova

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Michele B In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Drums, Conga, Latin Percussion, Music
Styles: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&b, Funk, Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Overview:
I began to play music at age 9. My mom gave my sister a x22number keyboardx22 with x22number music booksx22 for Christmas but she never touched it. I grew curious and approached the keyboard and after quickly deciphering how the numbers system worked burned the entire book in two months enabling myself to play pretty advanced songs.After a few years, I became fascinated with James Brown's music and that's when I knew I wanted to experiment with drums. After several years of experience playing in jazz and conducting local workshops I moved to Milan in search of a more rich and diverse music environment and that's when the Latin Experience came. After playing for 8 years in the local Cuban Community with some of the best names of the genre I became an expert of all x22clavee' x22 rhythms and arrangements.In 2001, looking at broadening the scope of my experience I decided to move to New York, where I currently direct my own band, La Maquina Amarilla,which performs in the best venues in NY. I also play in a variety of bands of different genres,mostly jazz and R&B.
EXPERIENCE
I started to teach in the second part of my career,when I came to New York,in 2001.I was teaching lessons to occasional students,whom I was acquiring after their visits at the basement where I used to practice,in Park Ave.After some years I realized I have a talent and a passion for teaching so I started to look for more students and while at it, I refined my teaching skills.Then I've found Musika,a great opportunity for me to establish my teaching activity in a professional and more consistent way.Today I've been teaching for them for about 4 years and my enthusiasm in seeing my students grow is bigger and bigger every season.
METHODS USED
For my piano students who are children I like using Piano Adventures for beginners and advanced beginners,since it's offering multiple books for each subject and level(lessonbook,performance book,etc.).For more grown up ones or adults students I like using Alfred's methods,for example x22Adult All-In-One Course.Alfred's methods offer a variety of books, focusing on different needs according to the class set up.For drums I use Alfred's as well in conjunction with more speficic books such as Stick Control and Syncopation.
LESSON STYLE
I like giving my students the right tools,lesson by lesson,enabling them to proceed through the learning process.I usually start observing what the student come up with,wether on drums or piano and then I use their natural talent or inspiration to connect to my teaching path .This way I'm able to really engage with them,keeping them on that inspiration that brought them to me.I always try to adapt my style to the student inclinations since some of them are more for instinctive learning others more for academic learning.
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Veronica

5

Michele is a great teacher! I'm a beginner and he is doing a great job teaching me the basics.

Review posted on Dec 07, 2020

Jenelle B.

5

Michele has been teaching my son (8 yrs) piano for almost a year and my daughter (5 yrs) for a few months. We started in person and transitioned to zoom given the covid situation. He is extremely patient and gentle with the kids (more firm with the older one), and I can tell that he likes teaching and enjoys seeing the kids progress. I can see the excitement in his eyes when my 5 yr old makes the slightest bit of progress. He is also very good at developing musicians. I say that because he encourages the children to improvise and have a sense of musicality that was never encouraged by my teachers as a kid. I hear them humming notes before they play them. At a very young age, they are gaining an ear for music, and I think his style encourages that.

Review posted on Dec 07, 2020

Denise

4

Michele is a dedicated and knowledgeable teacher. He is flexible, and makes it a priority to instill a love of music in his students. Throughout the recent coronavirus, he has been consistently teaching my 7 year old and via Skype, but we can’t wait to see him in person as well. He is an amazing musician.

Review posted on Jun 29, 2020

Ron Schnur

4

So far so good after 2 lessons

Review posted on Jan 09, 2019

Marvens Dorcelian

5

Patient and progressive

Review posted on Sep 18, 2018

George Pierce

5

He really has a passion for what he does. As a drummer I have reached a point where I need someone with the knowledge and experience to take me to the next level.

Review posted on Feb 16, 2018

Giancarlo Russo

5

He has helped me to focus on being a more precise drummer, without making me fell pressured.

Review posted on Feb 14, 2017

Matteo Russo

5

He is a great teacher, and he has taught me a lot in only 5 months.

Review posted on Feb 14, 2017

Archisha Thakkar

5

Excellent teacher and very patient.

Review posted on Feb 02, 2017

Josette Thorpe

5

Michele is very knowledgeable, patient and understanding. He takes time with my son and allows him to express himself. He is willing to assist with all forms of teaching. He cares for his students and their progression.

Review posted on Oct 28, 2015

Comfort

5

Quite helpful and he engages the boy rigorously

Review posted on Feb 14, 2015
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