Music with Michael

I guide my students by discovering what will inspire them to make music.  Maybe you enjoy classical, pop, blues, show tunes or jazz.  Maybe you learn more easily by ear, or are intrigued by the way notes are written on paper.  What if you don't know what will inspire you?  That's where my creative expertise comes to play.  We will discover it together.  Then I will create lessons especially for you to help you learn to make music.  

My approach was inspired by the story of Duke Ellington, one of the greatest jazz musicians in American history. But as a child, he wanted to be a baseball player.  


Ellington's parents wanted him to learn the piano.  They found him a teacher.  He was taught simple one- and two-note melodies emphasizing rhythm and timing.  But this approach did not interest him.  He quit and went outside to play baseball with his friends. 


One day Ellington heard someone play ragtime.  He was captivated.  The spark was ignited.  He wanted to learn to make music. Ellington began his career as a musician, playing, practicing, and writing--for the pure pleasure of it.