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Michael M.

Chicago, IL

$50/hour

Music Educator and Low Brass Instructor

Background check passed as of 10/28/14
5.0 average from 5 ratings

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Cornell College
Philosophy, History, Music
The University of Chicago
Master's

Education

Cornell College (Philosophy, History, Music)

The University of Chicago (Master's)

About Michael

I am a college instructor of philosophy and humanities and private lesson instructor. I hold a B.A. from Cornell College in Philosophy, History, and Music, and an M.A. from The University of Chicago in Humanities. I have been playing low brass for 18 years, and I have been teaching private lessons since 2009. This past year, I served as band director at Calumet College of St. Joseph teaching a music course and running the school's pep band.

I enjoy teaching music because music is something that everyone can be taught to appreciate and enjoy becoming proficient in. Music brings wonder and excitement to our lives and is something that I fundamentally believe anyone can excel at given the right learning conditions.

My area of expertise is on euphonium and trombone, but I teach all brass instruments. I also teach private lessons for music theory, including learning how to read music.

My philosophy of teaching is that regardless of a person's experience with music, they can learn to play well and enjoy success on their instrument. In my course ARTS 245 (Musical Performance and Ensemble), I teach a wide range of student experience levels, from students who have never played an instrument at all to students with years of experience playing in musical ensembles. It's a rewarding experience to work with beginners and help someone come to develop a new passion in music and in their instrument. It is also a great pleasure to help somebody who has quite a bit of experience develop their passion for their instrument further, or help a student who feels stagnant in their growth to push past their musical hurdles to their goals and find new appreciation for their instrument.

I am familiar with playing a wide variety of styles of music, including classical, concert band, marching band, pep band, big band, jazz combo, steel pans, rock, ska, and indie.

I am excited to help you explore the music that you want to learn and to acquire the skills that you want to achieve. I look forward to working with you!
I am a college instructor of philosophy and humanities and private lesson instructor. I hold a B.A. from Cornell College in Philosophy, History, and Music, and an M.A. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 3 miles of Chicago, IL 60615
Background Check: Passed
Science:
Philosophy
Music:
General Music,
Music History, Music Theory, Trombone
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Proofreading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading
History:
American History, European History, Music History, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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General Music

I have taken music theory I-V at Cornell College, where I learned solfege, ear training techniques, all major and minor scales, composition of motives, how to resolve cadences, proper musical phrasing, and how to resolve. I can also read bass clef, treble clef, Bb treble clef, Eb treble clef, and tenor clef. I am proficient in the trombone, the euphonium, the trumpet, the guitar, the bass guitar, the ukulele, and the quads (cello) steel drum. I am also versed in jazz, rock (classic rock, independent rock, punk rock, alternative rock), pop, and classical music. Together, these make me certified in general music.

Trombone

I have been playing trombone and euphonium for 15 years and have taught the instruments for 4 years. I was 1st chair trombone in the Cornell College jazz ensemble, 1st chair euphonium in the Cornell College wind ensemble, principle baritone and 2nd euphonium in the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, part of the horn section of a number of cover bands, and part of Open Mic Night at The Amore jazz club in Seattle, WA. I have taught beginner through college level student in a variety of styles, including classical and jazz. I have also taught the following techniques: lip slurring, double tonguing, proper stylistic articulation, proper embouchure, proper care of the instrument, and more.

Cornell College
Philosophy, History, Music
The University of Chicago
Master's

Education

Cornell College (Philosophy, History, Music)

The University of Chicago (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 3 miles of Chicago, IL 60615.