CCNY - City College of New York (Music)
As of 2016, I hold a BA in music, and have been awarded the Presser Scholarship from CCNY's music department.
After playing drums for two years, I became interested in electric guitar at age 13, playing each year in my high school's annual concert. Then, after watching Leonard Bernstein's series of lectures at Harvard, The Unanswered Question, the emotional range and the aesthetic challenge of concert music proved irresistible. Since then, I've has had my works performed by The Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra and other various ensembles while serving as a composer-in-residence at The Seasons Festival in Yakima, WA. While at CCNY, I was recommended by several professors in college to help out fellow classmates struggling with theory. I have also given guitar lessons to friends throughout the years, so I have a wide range of experience with different learning styles.
Taking a collaborative approach, I will steer the lessons towards whatever your musical goals are while moving at whatever pace you need. Progress is guaranteed as long as you have patience with yourself! I will create and print out/copy learning resources for you (theory, tabs, leadsheets, etc.), and I will also learn songs you want to be taught during my free time, so no chunk of your lesson is wasted! As of 2016, I hold a BA in music, and have been awarded the Presser Scholarship from CCNY's music department.
After playing drums for two years, I became interested in electric guitar at age 13, playing each year in my high school's annual concert. Then, after watching Leonard Bernstein's series of lectures at Harvard, The Unanswered
Michael was wonderful! He is a passionate music aficionado. His patience and enthusiasm with our beginner student made him want to go home and practice right away.
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Studied composition privately with accomplished composer Daron Hagen for 7 years. Magna cum laude BA in music. Had my works performed and recorded by chamber orchestra (3 works), string quartet (2 works), solo piano (1 work), and mixed ensemble (2 works) all played by professional or semiprofessional performers at four different composition festivals or concerts. I engrave and prepare parts on my own, and am proficient at Sibelius 6.
I have great relative pitch, and can identify any interval or the quality of any tonal chord. In context, I can tell you the numeric/tonal function of that chord with roman numerals. I also have experience in identifying pitch sets from post-tonal theory if necessary. When it comes to larger forms, I have experience identifying various forms and phrase structures, in addition to pop music song analysis. I am especially skilled at identifying parts of sonata form by ear, having read Charles Rosen's book on the subject, and composing many pieces in that style.
Both in high school, while earning my BA in music at CCNY in New York, teachers would recommend me to students who were struggling in theory, or who just wanted guidance on getting to the next level. Taking a collaborative approach, it's my policy to steer lessons towards the student's musical goals, while moving at their individual learning pace. I have gotten excellent grades in all my college music classes, from theory to musicianship, including making the deans list.
I have experience teaching guitar to friends and acquaintances before being a freelance guitar teacher, in addition to experience on Thumbtack as a Thumbtack professional. I've been playing since the age of 13 (I am 26 now), and have experience in live performance, songwriting, and recording.
I completed a BA in Music from City College of New York, magna cum laude. I have experience in classical composition.