As a piano teacher I am qualified to teach a wide variety of piano students and musical styles. I hold a Master's degree in Piano and Jazz Studies from Indiana University, one of the nation's top music schools, and have taught students as young as four, elementary age children, adolescents and adults from their 20s to 80s at all levels. I offer instruction in the following musical styles: traditional and classical piano; jazz piano; popular and rock piano (including vocals). For more information and student testimonials please visit pianoteachers.com/mbevans.
I enjoy sharing my love of music with others, and I very much enjoy working with my students. Also as an active performer I am able to serve as a real life example to students of the possibilities of their own musical potential. I emphasize to them that like them I too continue to practice and learn as a pianist.
I am known for my patience, musical knowledge, and enthusiastic desire to make the piano a permanent source of joy and satisfaction in the lives of students. I have a very loyal and stable studio.
Mike taught music theory and answered any questions. He does not limit his teachings to just learning to read music and playing piano. He will also works with students to explore what type of music they enjoy. My son took lessons with him for over twelve years, and he was always comfortable with Mike. He was an awesome mentor. One of the things my son enjoyed was Mike did not insist he hold his hands a particular way. Lastly, Mike cultivated a life-long love for playing piano!
Have been taking lessons for a few months now, would highly recommend.
My boys took lessons from Mr Evans from the ages of 6-14. They are two years apart in age and he knew the best way to teach and keep them engaged. Other interests pulled them from the piano, but they have a strong foundation on which they can always rely.
I am an adult piano student who had played piano for years, but not in a long while, and was interested in learning jazz and rock music. Mike is an excellent teacher; he is a great communicator, enthusiastic and fun in his manner of teaching. I had a great experience as his student, and would highly recommend him as a teacher.
I invite the student (and parents) to my home for an initial meeting at no cost. I ask the student what has sparked their interest in piano, ask about their goals - what kind(s) of music they would like to learn, their background, and share with them the teaching materials we will use to get started.
I have a Master's degree in Jazz Piano with a minor in classical piano from Indiana University, one of the nation's top schools of music.
30 minute lessons are $30; 45 minute lessons are $45
I discuss the needs and interests of the student with him or her to ascertain which option is best for the student.
I also provide adult students with the option of having lessons once a week or once every two weeks.
I began as a faculty member at the Music Academy in Greensboro, NC. I taught there for seven years before teaching privately at my home. (I have a Yamaha grand piano for the student to learn on.)
I have worked with students of all kinds. My youngest student was four years old (and I taught him until he graduated from high school). I have taught two students in their 80's. Abilities have ranged from beginners, both children and adults, to students who have become professional musicians attending prestigious music schools across the nation. I pride myself in being able to tailor my teaching approach to the specific, individual needs of the student.
In January 2017, I hired Nina Gordon and Louise Post, the singer songwriters of 90's band Veruca Salt, a band that appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1997, to give a private concert for friends. I had the opportunity to accompany them on piano on some of their songs, rehearse with them, and join them for lunch. Hanging out with two of my favorite rock musicians is a highlight of my musical career.
Also in the 90's as a pianist for the Indiana University Jazz Band I traveled with and performed alongside Brandon Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and Dave Brubeck.
I would advise a student to seek a teacher who is affable as such a teacher is more likely to be patient and encouraging rather than critical. I also would ask the teacher if he or she has had experience teaching the kind(s) of music the student is interested in learning. It is also important for the student to get a feel if the teacher is sincerely interested in sharing his or her love of music with the student.
Several questions come to mind that should be asked of the teacher: Why did you decide to become a piano teacher? What are your favorite kinds of music to listen to? Have you always loved music? If a student is interested in popular music or jazz, a good question to ask is if the teacher writes or arranges music. (I have many arrangements of songs students have requested to learn at the appropriate level for the student, and am always open to a student's request.)