Teacher Michael J.
How old were you when you began learning to play your instrument?
4 years old
What do you Love about Teaching?
I love sharing the musical knowledge I have gained over the years with students. Seeing others learn the piano is very rewarding!
Where did your receive your Degrees in Music / Dance Education
I received a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Iowa, and I received a master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the California Institute of the Arts.
Your Unique Approach to Teaching
I understand every student is different. I take into account my student’s individuality and design each lesson to best serve the student. Lessons should not be intimidating or feel daunting. Learning the piano should be fun! I want my students to enjoy the process of improving without fear. Piano playing has been the absolute joy of my life. My goal is to help as many students as possible experience piano proficiency.
What do you enjoy about teaching at Myriad?
Working with students and watching them grow!
What are your hobbies & Interests?
When I am not working on music I enjoy running and generally keeping active.
Anything else to share?
I write and record music. I have released a couple of CD’s of my own music. I also love to improvise. Improvisation is essential in jazz music and I believe it should be a part of general music education.
Favorite Inspirational Quote
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard