The study of music is multi-faceted and inter-disciplinary. Every pianist needs to be able to sing a little. Composers and singers benefit from a general knowledge of piano, arranging and orchestration are closely allied to conducting skills, and all music students need a grasp of music theory. An age-appropriate introduction to conducting greatly improves the rhythmic ear, spatial skills, and musicianship of children as young as five.
In short: studying music at Cool Conservatory is really interesting and very... cool!
Cool Conservatory's curricula combine sound pedagogy with an intuitive grasp of what makes music a truly “fundamental” human experience. Introducing students to this deep means of expression is the most enjoyable aspect of the job! :-)
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Mr. Michael Andreas Hienzsch grew up in a musical family. His mother played piano, father played ‘cello, grandfather played violin and guitar, and uncle played oboe. At the age of six Mr. Michael took up the piano and never stopped!
Along the way he earned a degree in Music Composition from U.C. Berkeley, and took private instruction in conducting, orchestration, and jazz arranging. Mr. Michael will shortly be completing his Master's Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration from Berklee Music. He now teaches piano, as well as composition, arranging, and music theory, voice, and conducting.
Mr. Michael was the music director on over 75 musical theater productions, and has performed in Moscow, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Five musicals have been commissioned from him over the years, and a couple of them are still being performed in New Zealand.
He has worked with hundreds and hundreds of wonderful children and adults over the past twenty-five years, in children’s theater, private lessons, youth orchestras, high schools and so on. Again and again Mr. Michael has seen the impact that early music exposure has on a child’s character, cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, and cultural awareness. And he's noticed that music keeps adults from growing old -- at least inside, where it counts.
Cool Conservatory's curricula combine sound pedagogy with an intuitive grasp of what makes music a truly “fundamental” human experience.