Michael Shingo Crawford
Michael Shingo Crawford

Michael Shingo Crawford

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Introduction: Hi! I'm Michael and I am a violinist and composer available to perform at events and teach lessons. PERFORMING I am a violinist, composer, and arranger who presents classical, popular, and anime music, as well as my original compositions, in a wide variety of settings, including concert halls, celebrations, and weddings. I collaborate with musicians from Philadelphia and most commonly perform as solo violin, violin/cello duo, or violin/harp duo. My goal as a musician is to contribute a tailored musical selection for every event. I am able to meet the needs of a wide range of occasions and would love to have the opportunity to collaborate with you in making your event a truly spectacular experience. - My song list can be found on my website linked in my profile. - I have event insurance coverage through Insurance Canopy. TEACHING In my teaching, I emphasize efficient, goal-oriented practice, and provide a strong technical foundation while always keeping musicality and expression in mind. I encourage my students to develop problem-solving skills that will ultimately allow them to create their own interpretations about a piece of music. I believe that each student has a different learning style and, with this knowledge, I design a program of study specifically for them. Learning music is all about tackling technical or musical problems in many different ways until we find an approach that works for you. As multi-instrumentalist who also writes music, I can offer many different perspectives on a single issue and draw from a wide range of knowledge that serves me in my daily creative pursuits.
Overview

Hired 45 times

Serves Philadelphia, PA

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6 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Johanne E.
Aug 2, 2021
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Michael was wonderful. He arrived at the venue early, set up his music stand, tuned up and was ready to go. He beautifully played the requested pieces. He was knowledgeable in helping me to select an additional piece. I highly recommend him!

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • 12 years old or younger • Other strings • Guitar • Other • Other

Michael Shingo Crawford's reply
Thank you Johanne, I'm glad that the music could make a meaningful contribution to the ceremony.
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Tracey L.
Jun 29, 2021
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Michael’s performance for my mother-in-law’s birthday was outstanding. He was punctual, well prepared, and very professional. He played outdoors at a retirement community on a warm,humid night, but my mother-in-law’s friends were so entertained by his program that they want him to return! We are so grateful that he brought such great joy to everyone who was there.

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 51 or older • Other strings • Variety • Outdoors

Michael Shingo Crawford's reply
Thank you Tracey, it was a lot of fun to share my music with your family and friends!
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Hunter b.
Feb 18, 2021
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Michael was a special guest for Valentine’s Day for my mother so the whole family came and sat around to watch Michael play the violin. He is kind and explains the music well. He also has original material that is exceptional. Would love definitely recommend

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 51 or older • Other strings • Other • Other

Michael Shingo Crawford's reply
Thanks Hunter, it was lots of fun to give this in-house concert for you and your family. I'm very happy that they appreciated my original compositions and arrangements in addition to the more traditional classical music.
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Alanna B.
Nov 9, 2021
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Michael absolutely brought such class and elegance to our ceremony and cocktail hour at our wedding!! We loved every minute!! What a great guy to work with !! We were very pleased by his performance!! Thank you so much Michael!!

Details: Wedding ceremony • 76 - 100 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 12 years old or younger • Other strings • Pop / top 40 • Outdoors

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Lori B.
Oct 20, 2021
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My wedding isn’t until February so I haven’t heard him perform live yet. So far he has been responsive and easy to work with. We’re very excited to have him perform for us! I’ll update after the wedding.

Details: Wedding ceremony • 76 - 100 guests • 12 years old or younger • 13 - 17 years old • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Other strings • Variety • Covers • Banquet hall / ballroom

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Michael Crawford

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing for lessons is as follows: 30 minutes - $30 45 minutes - $45 60 minutes - $60

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I learn about my students goals in studying music and figure out the best ways to help them achieve them as soon as possible.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a Masters degree in Music Composition from Temple University and a Bachelors in Violin Performance and composition from Emory University. I work as a professional violinist and composer.

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