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After one lesson I am confident Michael can get me where I am looking to go on the guitar. He has a vast understanding of musical theory and is available outside of lessons for additional help. Highly recommended!Dec 17, 2017Verified
My daughter in just one lesson feels that she has a better understanding of playing guitar. Continuing on with him now....wish us luck because starting "late in life" as a 15 year old isn't easy.Oct 20, 2017Verified
Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults)
I find Micheal to be an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and skilled, and is able to communicate his ideas effectively. I also appreciate that he reaches out (via email) to recap our lesson! I am very impressed and would recommend him to anyone seeking out a guitar/bass/music theory instructor! Nancy TepperJul 6, 2018Verified
I have been taking lessons with Micheal for over a year and half and have nothing but good things to say about him as a teacher and person. He is very good at recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and encouraging growth in the areas that need work by giving honest and constructive feedback. He not only has a great knowledge of the instrument, but also really loves teaching and playing guitar. Being a student of his has made me enjoy playing so much more! I would recommend him to any one interested in learning to play guitar at any level!Jul 27, 2016
Micheal's approach to guitar lessons combines his vast knowledge of the instrument and music in general with a great sense of humor and the ability to know exactly what his students need. I learn something incredible every time he works with me.Jul 28, 2016
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My standard pricing is as follows: - one weekly, 30 minute private lesson - $30 - one weekly, one hour private lesson - $50 With the lesson you also receive materials to help you practice, the option to record your lesson (for those of us with shorter memories than we would prefer) and the option to contact me with any questions in between lessons. You will also be signed up for my regular newsletter, which is a valuable resource full of free tips, tricks and basics for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. My studio also helps to connect guitarists with other musicians. So, if you are looking for people to 'jam' with, or perform with, my studio can help. I also have experience preparing high-school aged students for a college-level guitar program. Many of my students have graduated from some of the nation's most prestigious universities. And some are even working as professional musicians!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to start each new student with a one-on-one conversation. This way, each lesson can be tailored to fit the exact desires and needs of the student. Why are you choosing to learn guitar? What are your hopes and dreams with the instrument? Whether or not you want to 'rock out' in front of thousands, or enjoy a peaceful campfire with friends, I can help you reach your guitar dreams.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am currently pursuing my fifth and sixth degrees in music. I am currently a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of Oregon. In 2017 I earned a master's degree in Music Theory at the University of Colorado-Boulder, while teaching undergraduate music classes. I also have experience in public schools, and possess K-12 teacher certification. I have operated my own studio (and worked with other studios) for over fifteen years. I have also spent the past three years developing, launching and growing my online, private guitar lesson studio. My experience as a performer and student covers classical guitar, jazz, finger-style, Broadway musical 'reading' work, rock, country and other forms of popular music.