I am a masters level music therapist with experience teaching and providing therapy and life coaching to people of all ages and backgrounds. I am a multi-instrumentalist who is dedicated to helping you achieve the most out of your music studies and connecting your advancement on your instrument to personal development and evolution. I have travelled extensively and lived and studied in France. I am passionate and dedicated to assisting people in creating the life they love, empowering people to realize their dreams, and am able to get directly to the heart of the matter of what matters most to you in your life, your work, and fulfilling on what inspires you!
I love my work and find it very rewarding to assist you in having those "AHA" moments in realizing your truth. My goal is to help you achieve your goals in the most efficient manner possible, making a difference in what you see as possible from the very first session. You will notice a difference starting on day one when committing to what it takes to move your life to a new level. You will find me to be a dedicated partner in your advancement and evolution whether it be in music, life satisfaction, goal setting, making life changes, finding fulfillment, or learning new skills.
Michael helped me find both my confidence and my voice. In only a few months, I went from only singing alone in the shower to actually leading groups of people in song. I also participated in groups where Michael led people in rhythm, singing, and drumming. He has a real gift for reaching even the most shy or non-musical person. He believes that everyone can drum and sing. He has the skills to find and develop the musician in anyone. I haven't yet had the chance to take private drum lessons from him, but when I can, I will do it with Michael. He has the unique gift of being able to teach music theory in many different ways - he was able to teach me in just a few minutes what others failed to do at all. He has an amazing natural ability to improvise as well as years of formal study and professional experience.
During my lessons, I've significantly improved in my guitar and singing performance. We worked on holding vowels differently in the mouth to project, and worked on overall strengthening the voice. Lessons were low-stress but still productive. His help with percussion and hand drums techniques in meditation programs and music therapy programs helped me grow personally and spiritually. I would absolutely recommend these lessons!
I appreciated his thoroughness and commitment to clients. He does a wonderful job guiding clients and helping them where they need it the most. He also provides for an enjoyable experience, and ensures that his clients know that their opinions and feelings are always valid. He is willing to explore client issues, no matter how seemingly insignificant, in order to help them better understand themselves and improve their quality of life. I highly recommend this business. The benefits to this experience are endless and you will not leave empty-handed.
Not only is Michael a highly knowledgeable teacher but his passion for Rhythm Therapy is ever so evident in the way he works with his students. I have been a student of his for over a decade and keep coming back due to his patience and knowledge. He is always seeking new information in his field and applying it to his arsenal of therapy techniques.
I like to begin by getting related to you and finding out what matters to you, what is important to you and what you are committed to achieving. I assess what you have been doing, what you have and how you are being about what you want and then design a plan specific to you to most rapidly advance towards your goals. I provide exercises, skills, techniques, and philosophy/theory while uncovering what is in your way in order to propel you into your dreams.
I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy with advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy and the TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process in addition to being a registered Massage Therapist and Yoga teacher. I have also been trained in HealthRhythms and other drum circle facilitation methods and studied percussion in West Africa. I was president of the nonprofit Drums Not Guns and am the founder of the nonprofit Creative Arts for Social Action and lead therapist and founder of the Rhythm Therapy Clinic. I have taken and continue to be trained in individual and group facilitation and life coaching and provide multi-modal therapy for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.
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