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Wheatley Music Studio
Wheatley Music Studio

Wheatley Music Studio

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Introduction: Michael Wheatley has been teaching violin and piano lessons for over 25 years. He is an alumnus of music programs at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Peter the Great Music Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), and holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Wheatley teaches private lessons on piano and violin in your home. Additionally, Michael offers lessons in orchestral conducting as well as private coaching dedicated to understanding the competition and audition process. Michael brings humor and great professionalism to his students’ lessons following a lively "work hard, play hard" ethic. While his focus is on teaching piano and violin lessons specifically, he takes a more holistic approach to music than is commonly found in many studios. Of course, all study begins with an emphasis on healthy posture and physical technique, allowing for the possibility of a lifetime of enjoyment in the performance of music of all styles. However, you will find that he is also very focused on music as a communicative art. Music is meant to express and evoke emotions in both the performer and the listener. Thus, his students are taught by musicians who are not only skilled teachers, but also very active and experienced concert performers. *Discounts are offered for siblings, or for lessons held remotely (via Zoom).

Hired 45 times

Serves Bothell, WA

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11 years in business

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Negin K.

Piano Lessons

Michael is very patient and has so much positive attitude when it comes to teaching. I absolutely knew nothing about piano, and he has made my learning experience very enjoyable so far. He is very professional with a great sense of humor which helps to ease the stress for beginners. I definitely recommend him to everyone!
Nov 23, 2020
Nikita v.

Violin Lessons (for adults)

Michael was a great teacher. Helped me a lot finding and correcting my bad habits and really pushed me to improve myself and re-awaken my interest in the violin. I enjoyed our lessons.
Dec 23, 2015
James G.

Violin Lessons

Michael is an excellent teacher. Highly knowledgable and skilled, friendly, patient, and attentive to the needs of the student. I'm an older beginner on the violin, and after his lessons I feel much more confident about my practice and musical ambitions.
Mar 11, 2015
Stephanie G.

Violin Lessons

Michael has been working with my 8-year old daughter for a couple of months. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and fun. My daughter likes that he teaches her to read music and is always excited for her lessons.
Dec 16, 2019

Piano Lessons

Michael is prompt and great, not only teaching but with individually challenging students based on their learning ability. He quickly sized me up and tailored the lesson to what he though I could handle which motivates me to learn all I can. Well worth the price, which is by the way, pretty darn reasonable!
Feb 18, 2015
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  • What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

    While the term "customer" doesn't exactly apply to music instruction, there are a few things I wish students (and possibly their parents) had a better understanding of. The first is related to logistics. When a student can't attend a scheduled lesson, that time is still theirs. I'm still in the studio and working on their behalf, researching repertoire, curriculum, and preparing for their future lessons. Also about the business side of music instruction, there is a lot 'behind the scenes' that goes into this profession- my time teaching is just one small piece of managing a studio. I love what I do and have dedicated my entire life to passing on excellence in music. My students each are dear to me, their progress and development both personally and musically are organizing forces in my life. Because of that, deep respect and communication are essential to thriving relationships.

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