A-1 Piano, Bass And Guitar Lessons

A-1 Piano, Bass And Guitar Lessons

5.0 (15)
34 years in business

About this pro

Over 30 years of teaching experience!  I teach at all levels, from the very beginner to the advanced, how to play guitar, bass and piano.  My teaching methods help the student to learn more quickly how to play their instrument.   All students master their instrument through ear-training and learning music theory (how music works).   Many of my students have started their own bands and have joined other music programs.  I can prepare the student for a jazz (improvisational) program as well as a classical audition.

I enjoy the time I spend with people learning music and it is truly gratifying to see them be able to play something they've learned.  

Studying music will enrich your life in so many ways.  It keeps your mind sharp and your spirit young.  It trains you with self-discipline.  Music is a universal language and will help you to communicate and express yourself in a new way.  

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Seattle, WA 98146
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15 Reviews

5.0

  • Gwyndolyn D.

    Michael has been a great teacher for my daughter who just started to play. I've been impressed that she's not only learning to play by tablature but also reading music. She's also jumped into more music theory than I ever had after years of lessons. She's not only learning what sounds good but why it sounds good.

  • Jim S.

    very knowledgeable. Put me at ease even though I was taking in a lot of new information. looking forward to more lessons.

  • Debbie S.

    Attentive, light-hearted, obviously passionate about the music, and moves at the pace of the student. I never felt stressed or like I was given more in a lesson than I could retain. Explains concepts in an imaginative and memorable way.

  • Kaitlyn C.

    A wonderful place to learn the piano. You really are getting a good teacher here. Worth every penny.


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

I teach at all levels, from the very beginner to the advanced, how to play guitar, bass and piano.  My teaching methods help the student to learn more quickly how to play their instrument.   All students master their instrument through ear-training and learning music theory (how music works).   Many of my students have started their own bands and have joined other music programs.  I can prepare the student for a jazz (improvisational) program as well as a classical audition.

     Studying music will enrich your life in so many ways.  It keeps your mind sharp and your spirit young.  It trains you with self-discipline.  Music is a universal language and will help you to communicate and express yourself in a new way.   I look forward to helping you advance in your music goals.


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

I will share with you the knowledge I've gained from teachers like Barry Harris, Jerome Gray, Frans Elsen, Herbie Hancock and many more. 


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

I charge $60 for an hour lesson and can teach in your home or in my music studio located in White Center.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when I discovered that people really respond to my teaching methods and I am on a mission to make sure that all beginners learn the basics of music theory and excellent technique on their instruments.


What types of students have you worked with?

I work with beginners from as young as 5 years old to senior citizens wishing to keep their minds sharp!   I teach beginning to advanced levels.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love to support the local artists by attending others' performances here in Seattle.   We have so much talent here and I like improvisational music the most, where the notes will be gone forever and you would have had to been there to hear them.


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

I would want the teacher to teach me music theory (how music works) while learning to master my instrument.  I would want the teacher to enable me to read music allowing me to pursue my interest in learning more songs in the future.  I would want the teacher to help me with ear-training so that I don't need to read music to play it.


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

I would think about where I would ultimately end up as a musician.   Would you enjoy playing music for just yourself?  Would you want to backup your own singing?  Would you be a professional someday?  Would you be a teacher someday?