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Hello to the entire WyzAnt community! I'm Mike B, and I'm thrilled to be joining this tutoring network. I'm a musician and guitarist - I've been playing since I was 5. I don't need to go into exact details, but that's many, many (almost 30) years. I've studied all kinds of music privately, at Oberlin College and Wesleyan University. I'm familiar with pop, rock, jazz, classical, gospel, funk, country, Latin, Brazilian guitar styles, and lots more. I write songs, perform around NYC, and do studio production for films and commercials.
I have been teaching for a few years now, and it has grown to be my main profession. I teach independently, and also work with local schools and online organizations.
My students' ages range from 5-60; they have highly varied musical interests and goals. I use a song-based teaching style. I have a very strong grasp of music theory and great communication skills. So, basically I take whatever you want to learn and break it into pieces that will be accessible and understandable to you, no matter your background or skill level. We develop those pieces and work on them until you're playing the Jose Feliciano, Nicki Minaj, Metallica, Steve Via (Whatever!) songs you are longing to play. And I'll teach you all about theory and songwriting along the way!
My ultimate goal is to give my students a great time, get them excited about playing guitar, and foster a love and understanding of music.
I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2000 with a music degree, composition concentration. Since then I have written a great deal of material for solo guitar, Jazz ensembles, rock bands, independent projects, short films and commercials. I am also very good at the theory behind composing and song-structure, and can communicate these often overly-complicated concepts in very clear and understandable ways.
Not to brag, but I have incredible ears. My strong point as a music teacher is that I can listen to and understand just about any piece of music I hear, regardless of genre. It's something of an obsession of mine!
Also, I've done a lot of studio work, which has taught me about other types of hearing - eq, mixing, EQing, tonal control, compression, producting, etc.
I've been trained in great schools (Oberlin and Wesleyan) for music. I have been performing and composing in NY for the last 8 years, and 2 years in LA before that. I've played Japanese taiko and shamisen, African and Latin American percussion. I've studied opera, jazz, pop, hip-hop, you name it. Music is my undying life's passion, and I constantly absorb myself in it.
I have been playing almost 30 years. I've studied with great teachers, and participated in classes and groups of guitar music of all kinds. I've been teaching guitar for years now, and it has recently become my main profession. I am well versed in many styles of guitar music - rock, funk, folk, blues, classical, jazz, Brazilian, Spanish, and much more.
I studied Music Theory through advanced levels at Oberlin College; I placed in the top 5 percentile of my class for the theory placement exam. Also, I have extensive training in Jazz theory, privately and at the college level.
I think composing is my strongest asset as a musician. I understand many types of music - most importantly jazz, classical, pop, and world. I have a concise music theory that applies across genres to help bring together different influences and styles. I am constantly dissecting pop music from different eras to find the elements that make a great or successful song, and I have excellent tools to communicate these processes and patterns with my students.
My favorite aspect of teaching!
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