I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve their musical skills! I utilize techniques from the Suzuki Method, Dalcroze, Orff and Kodaly, and follow ABRSM standards of achievement in order to prepare students for musical mastery. I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels. Additionally, it is my pleasure to offer seasonal recital opportunities for interested students, which take place at Music Land in Bel Air, MD.
I have been a professional saxophonist and teaching artist for 10 years. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and then William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree. I recieved my Master of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 10 years across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin.
I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve their musical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
My 13yo old son, Liam and I have only the best to say about working with Miguel for piano lessons. Miguel is always pleasant, and is able to motivate my teenaged son to want to learn. Liam always leaves his lessons feeling encouraged and ready to tackle the week’s goals. Miguel’s knowledge of music is evident and he communicates this in a way that makes Liam want to give his best. Liam has been taking lessons from Miguel for over a year, and was totally new to piano prior to that. Liam has made tremendous progress, and is excited to continue.
Miguel is such a talented musician and teacher. His patience with my wild twins is a rare, special gift - he is not only knowledgeable, kind, and fun, but he has genuinely sparked a love for music in them!
Miguel is very friendly. He has quickly formed a rapport with my daughter and she enjoys her lessons immensely. I look forward to seeing her skills improve
Miguel is a very humble, nice, knowledgeable, and professional individual. My 11 year old daughter was fearful of having her first saxophone lesson, as she thought her teacher would be mean and unpleasant. However, once she met & received instructions from Miguel, her fear was gone and she was & is extremely excited to have him as her instructor. His poise and professionalism made me, as a father, feel very comfortable and reassured as to his ability to not only provide instructions for my daughter on the sax, but myself on the keyboard.
Our first few lessons are focused mainly on discovery. I want learn how my student thinks, what their goals and motivations are - in order create a plan for getting them to the next level! Whether its a classical approach using time tested methods, or a plan focused less on reading music and more on playing by ear, I have the experience to show someone how to cultivate their artistic abilities from day 1 all the way to a professional level.
Master of Science Degree in Music Education from Towson University
Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University
Pre College Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music
My 2019-2020 rates for in-home lessons are: (I come to you weekly)
$45 per 30 minute lesson,
$65 per 45 minute lesson,
$85 per 1 hour lesson.
(Lesson payments are charged as a pre-paid monthly subscription, with one lesson per week. Billing is done through secure online invoicing or a payment method of your choice. Cancellations/Missed Lesson policy: Emergency or medically related missed lessons are okay, and those lessons will be forgiven - otherwise, at least 5 days notice is needed for a missed lesson of any other kind so they can be rescheduled as a makeup lesson. The monthly subscription must be paid in the same amount each month regardless of misses/forgiven/forfeited lessons in order to retain services.)
Teaching music has always been a passion of mine. As an undergraduate student at William Paterson, I began to teach young students and older beginners. It has been about 7 years since I started working with my first students and I have loved every minute of it!
I am comfortable teaching all age groups - from ages 5 to 75 (believe it or not!) I have experience teaching students on the autism spectrum and with other special needs.
My advice is to find a teacher who will be compassionate and patient, while pushing you toward your highest musical potential. I practice extreme patience and kindness with all my students, as I hold these qualities to be some of the most virtuous for life's great journey.