Angela Michael's Piano Lessons

Angela Michael's Piano Lessons

5.0 (3)
11 years in business

About this pro

Every human being has the ability to create music.

We live in an amazing time in history. Music is more obtainable now than ever before.   Americans listen to music, on average, two hours a day.  Piano lessons allow you to play the music you love. 

My primary goal is to teach children and adults how to play the piano musically and develop a love for creating music.  I meet students where they are; tailoring my teaching to each person’s learning style, musical interests and temperament.  I want to bring out the best in each one of them. 

Students can learn piano at any age. I normally start students no younger than age six. I believe their hands and minds are better able to grasp the instrument.  I thoroughly enjoy teaching teenagers and adults as well.  Now, more than ever, people of all ages are taking piano lessons.

I've been teaching for ten years and I am a member of the Edmonds Music Teachers Association, Washington State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.   You can learn more about me on my website: angelamichaelpiano.com

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Credentials

Edmonds, WA 98026
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Carlene

    My two oldest kids are on the Autism Spectrum… Angela Michael was a joy to speak with and she was up to the challenge of learning how best to work with my kids. I think that the beginning of any worthwhile task is difficult. We definitely had our time of learning key fundamental building blocks but two recitals later my kids have enjoyed the gift of music and have built more confidence in performing for others-which is not any easy feat. I really appreciate Angela’s thoughtful, kind and mindful manner. I also respect her attention to detail and ability to communicate the bottom line professionally. She goes beyond the lessons with fun recitals, group piano sessions and home visits. Her love of piano is clearly evident. We both felt that teaching my kids would be a great experience and opportunity for everyone’s growth and it definitely has been. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to reach out to Angela Michael or whatever your area of interest is for you and your child, reach out to that professional. You will be so glad you did and amazed at what happens in time with constant effort and dedication.

  • Jemma

    I have been taking piano lessons with Angela for about 8 years and I am now in 8th grade. Angela is an amazing piano teacher and has inspired me from the very first lesson to enjoy learning how to play the piano and to understand the world of music. She respects her students’ interests, such as what kind of music they are interested in playing, and encourages all of her students to accomplish their goals and to share their music with those around them. Angela’s piano lessons have not only helped me to become the pianist that I now am, but have also taught me to appreciate music. The lessons have allowed me to quickly learn how to play other instruments such as the ukulele and violin, due to having studied music in so much depth, to include theory and technique. I would definitely recommend Angela to anyone interested in learning how to play the piano.

  • Jennifer

    Angela is a wonderful piano teacher who thrives with both children and adults of any ability. Her enjoyment and appreciation of music inspires others. She uses different teaching methods to connect with students, encourage practice and teach all of the components of music that grow a pianist. She works hard to offer many opportunities to play in front of others and learn the value of performance and is always supportive and encouraging of her performers. I value her focus on music theory and technique as my daughter has evolved and is able to take on more challenging music with such ability and enjoyment. Angela has always been astute to the need of flexibility within lessons as children’s needs and interests shift with growth and she welcomes students’ own musical interests. Angela is an expert pianist in her own right and is always personally challenging herself to grow as a pianist and teacher. I recommend Angela wholeheartedly!



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We begin with improvising... just playing the piano together.

After that, we take it one step at a time.  I have the student listen and explorer the keyboard.  I teach students how to use their bodies to play without tension.  They begin with simple songs, feeling the beat and gradually learn more complicated music.  I want them to always invent their own music, not just play from a written score.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association.  MTNA is "the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers." 

Through the national, state and local Edmonds Music Teachers Association, I'm able to offer my students multiple performance and learning opportunities.  EMTA offers me ongoing pedagogy education through speakers, workshops and conferences. 

I attended my first year of college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and then transferred to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I finished my college education.  I studied piano performance with several teachers, including Joe Kline and Margaret May Ott.  I performed in multiple recitals each year and count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to play Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra.

I attended my first year of college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and then transferred to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I finished my college education.  I studied piano performance with several teachers, including Joe Kline and Margaret May Ott.  I performed in multiple recitals each year and count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to play Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra.

My college studies were steeped in piano performance, music theory, composition, music history and jazz.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge monthly tuition.

  • $148/month – weekly 45 minute lessons, monthly group classes, rehearsals & performances
  • $197/month - weekly 1 hour lessons, monthly group classes, rehearsals & performances.

How did you get started teaching?

My path from learning the piano as a child to teaching the piano as an adult is unique.

In college, my love of music was paired with another passion which was journalism, my other major and my first career.  I worked in television news for 15 years, starting with a fellowship in New York City with the International Radio Television Society.  I moved on to work in four cities as an assignment editor and news producer.  My last position was with KOMO-4 News, where I produced daily newscasts for seven years.  The work was intense and I loved it.  But with the birth of my children, my goals and desires changed and so did my career.  I continued to work as a freelance writer, while staying home with my two boys, who were two and four at the time.  As my older child entered Maplewood CO-OP K-8 School in Edmonds, Washington, my extensive volunteer work with students revealed how much I enjoy working with other children as well.

With my background in music, I began additional college studies of piano pedagogy to deepen my understanding of teaching children and adults how to play the piano.  I began teaching 11 years ago and haven't stopped since!


What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my students begin piano study in elementary school.   I thoroughly enjoy teaching teenagers and adults as well.  Now, more than ever, people of all ages are taking piano lessons.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

At monthly group piano, we play games to learn more about music.   A favorite for students is candy bingo.  They have to listen and answer questions correctly to gradually eat their way to bingo.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher you like.  Often, you have a gut feeling soon after meeting the teacher.  After that, make sure the teacher is qualified and offers what you want.  I believe it's important for you to have a teacher who offers musical activities in addition to your lessons so you can set goals and get to know other pianists.

Please understand that learning the piano is a long process and requires regular practice.   Talk with your potential teacher about expectations and how she/he teachs you to practice.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why do I want to learn the piano?

What kind of music do I listen to?

What kind of music do I want to learn? 

Am I willing to make a daily practice schedule and will I  stick to it to learn the piano?  Do I have time to practice?

Do I have a decent piano and if not, am I willing to invest in one? (rent or buy)

How do I learn best? (Adults are more likely recognize learning modalities: kinesthetic, aural, visual)

Do I have specific learning issues that need to be addressed as I learn the piano?


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