Nylon, Steel string acoustic, Electric Guitar
Classical, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk Pop, American and Brazilian and Country
has over 25 years of teaching experience in southeast Michigan. He attended the Center for Creative Studies Institute of Music and Dance where he was selected by the faculty to meet the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia in his last Detroit appearance. Michael holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Wayne State University. He has performed in Master Classes taught by David Russell, Roland Dyens, Scott Tennant, Ricardo Cobo, David Tannenbaum, Fabio Zanon, Jason Vieaux and William Kanengiser and attended classes of Christopher Parkening, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Manual Barrueco and Jorge Morel.
Michael began teaching guitar in the late 80’s and was an instructor with the Wayne State Head Start music program for children. Since 1999 he has been on the faculty at Oakland Community College where he designed and teaches the group Guitar 1 and 2 classes and also teaches private lessons. In addition Michael maintains his own roster of private students ranging in age from young children to seniors.
As a performer he has appeared on stages in the US, Canada and Europe while locally he performed at the ‘Michigan Guitar Summit’ Madonna University, Hart Plaza, Kerrytown Concert House, Royal Oak Music Theater, Trinity House Theatre and many others. He has also appeared on Fox 2 Detroit and Public Television’s ‘Back Stage Pass’ and performed on various Public Radio shows. Michael has released and co-produced four CDs with the (Motor City) Troubadours which are available on itunes.
Michael teaches all styles of music and his lessons focus on fret board theory, technique, chord construction, performance preparation, note and rhythm reading. Starting with simple concepts, he builds the students’s understanding of music as a whole, then applies it to the guitar. His experience in teaching and performing bring a wealth of information to each lesson.