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Michael H.

Chicago, IL

$40/hour

Beginning-Intermediate Piano Instructor

In-person lessons
300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/18/14
4.7 average from 118 ratings
Great First Lesson!
— Marcela, Chicago, IL on 1/28/16

$40/Hour


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Columbia College Chicago
Inst. Perf.-Piano

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Inst. Perf.-Piano)

About Michael

Hello:

I am very excited that you are considering me to be your piano tutor.

Whether one is performing or listening, music is supposed to be enjoyed. While learning a musical instrument is never easy, I believe the mastery of any skill requires patience and concentration. I would demand a lot of time and work from each student. But success would be defined as how far along they come after a month, several months, or years.

Some of the warm-up skills I focus on are: scales, arpeggios (major/minor), and triads (major/minor/diminished/augmented). At a certain point the student would work on a new piece every week. Over time the pieces will require greater playing ability: using the bass clef, varying time meters, counting out loud, etc.

I feel that a good way to keep a student interested in an instrument is to let them choose the music they play. So, an agreement I would make is allowing them to choose every other song/piece. I would want to approve of them, but I believe that this would make practicing more enjoyable. While it requires a lot of time and effort, music is meant to be entertaining!

Along with this, a portion of each lesson will focus on sight reading; that is, the ability to play a piece immediately after reading it. This may be natural for some, while it may take years for others. Nevertheless it is an invaluable skill and I want beginning/intermediate students to be exposed to it right away.

Here is a little bit about myself. I am thirty-two years old and have been playing the piano for seven years. I am currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Instrumental Performance-Piano and am scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2015. At Columbia, I focus on several genres of solo piano; including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Pop. Additionally, I have completed four semesters of Music Theory and three of Aural Skills.

Thank you!

Michael H.
Hello:

I am very excited that you are considering me to be your piano tutor.

Whether one is performing or listening, music is supposed to be enjoyed. While learning a musical instrument is never easy, I believe the mastery of any skill requires patience and concentration. I would demand a lot of time and work from each
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Policies
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great First Lesson!"

- Marcela, Chicago, IL on 1/28/16

"Very thoughtful"

- Nicole, Chicago, IL on 7/23/15

"Great Tutor"

- Donna, Chicago, IL on 1/15/15

"Fabulous Tutor"

- Mary, Chicago, IL on 11/14/14

"Great with kids"

- Esther, Chicago, IL on 9/23/14
Music:
Music Theory, Piano

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Piano

I am currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago with a major in Instrumental Performance-Piano and expect to graduate in the Spring of 2015. A portion of each lesson will focus on sight reading, which is the ability to play a piece immediately after reading it. An agreement I would make with any student is that they get to choose every other song/piece they add to their repertoire.

Columbia College Chicago
Inst. Perf.-Piano

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Inst. Perf.-Piano)

Great First Lesson!

The kids had a great time and connected very easily with Michael. They seem excited and motivated to keep practicing between lessons.

— Marcela, Chicago, IL on 1/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.