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Denver, CO

$50/hour

Music/Guitar Tutor, three Masters of Music

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CSU - Pueblo
Classical Guitar
Univ. of Missouri
Master's

Education

CSU - Pueblo (Classical Guitar)

Univ. of Missouri (Master's)

About Michael

I have been an avid guitarist and musician for 28 years, starting with hard rock and heavy metal, and completing graduate work in classical guitar, composition, and jazz in 2013. After finishing my undergrad in classical guitar in 1996, I taught guitar privately for 10 years.

I completed three Masters of Music degrees – Classical Guitar, Composition, Jazz – from the University of Missouri in 2013. In addition to more than ten years teaching guitar (and music theory, ear training, etc), during grad school I held Teacher Assistant positions in (college) Freshman and Sophomore Music Theory, and Composition. With Masters degrees in Composition and Jazz, I've written pieces for ensembles ranging from duets, to full orchestral pieces and jazz big band.

Not surprisingly, I'm a big fan of passing on musical tradition, and having grown up a heavy metal kid with immersive education in classical and jazz have given me an appreciation for music of all kinds. Feel free to get in touch with me, and we can discuss your musical future!
I have been an avid guitarist and musician for 28 years, starting with hard rock and heavy metal, and completing graduate work in classical guitar, composition, and jazz in 2013. After finishing my undergrad in classical guitar in 1996, I taught guitar privately for 10 years.

I completed three Masters of Music degrees – Classical
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Denver, CO 80241

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Composition (Music)

Master of Music in Composition - University of Missouri, 2013

Highlights include compositions for full orchestra (with classical guitar), string quartet, New Music ensemble, various brass and wind ensemble. I served as a long-distance composition tutor for high school and junior high students.

I was the winner of the Sinquefield Composition Competition in 2010 at the University of Missouri.

Ear Training

My basic ear training proficiency for graduate work includes detailed study of intervals, melody, harmony, and rhythm. I received intense study of both 20th century 'modern' music theory and the language of jazz. I have experience transcribing solos from iconic jazz musicians, e.g. Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, etc.

General Music

I grew up on the Beatles, started playing guitar because of Metallica, and have graduate level education in classical music and jazz. I absolutely believe that learning about so many musical styles and ideas increased my drive to learn as much about the ins-and-outs of music, no matter how small!

Guitar

I have a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar from University of Missouri (2013), and a BA in Classical Guitar from CSU-Pueblo (1996). I have been a guitarist for 28 years, with experience performing for audiences numbering in the thousands in orchestral, 'pops,' chorale, jazz combo, jazz big band, metal, bluegrass, solo classical, and solo acoustic guitar settings. I focus on technique, applied theory, composition, and improvisation. I taught privately for ten years, up to 60 students/week.

CSU - Pueblo
Classical Guitar
Univ. of Missouri
Master's

Education

CSU - Pueblo (Classical Guitar)

Univ. of Missouri (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 15 miles of Denver, CO 80241.