Pianist, Composer, and Educator
I help musicians level up their craft, find direction in their development, and achieve freedom in creativity.
Through my experience as a pianist, composer, and instructor both privately and at the University of North Texas, I've helped scores of musicians find a fast-track to their goals—helping them to feel confident and capable both with their craft and in life.
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As a music educator, I’ve noticed a gap in traditional teaching models that often fail to provide the exploration and ongoing support needed when learning improvised music.
Through these experiences I’ve discovered new methods that help students learn the music they love the most.
Students shouldn't have to...
- Wait until their next lesson to get the help they need
- Be bored with the music they're learning
- Feel intimidated when trying new things
- Dread practicing
- Learn music without support
- Be driven by external motivators
- Feel limited by their curriculum
With my program you can:
- Get support as you need it
- Learn at your own pace
- Learn how to make practice enjoyable
- Learn music by ear and with sheet music
- Work on music you love
- Have a community of support
- Have a patient mentor and coach
- Create a curriculum plan that is tailored to your goals
In my innovative private music program, The Elemental Music Collective, you will level up your craft, find direction in your development, and achieve freedom in creativity.
The Elemental Music Collective
Ways to Work With Me:
The Elemental music studio
The Elemental Music Studio combines live individual and group coaching, a vibrant community of developing musicians, and asynchronous online content and support. Click the button below to book a trial lesson!
Piano and Keyboard Performance
Michael is a sought-after performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Click the button below to book Michael for your upcoming event!
Composition and Arranging
Michael is an award-winning composer-arranger, and has written works for large jazz ensemble, orchestra, and projects for film and media. Click the button below to hire him for your next upcoming project!
What People Are Saying:
"Michael helped improve my confidence and give me the foundation I needed."
Former Student, Percussionist, Music Therapist
Michael was an awesome Piano teacher! As a percussionist with a Bachelor's degree, I was interested in learning jazz piano. Michael helped refresh my fundamentals on the instrument, improve my confidence and give me the foundation I needed to start on my jazz piano journey. He also had a plethora of resources to help me as I continue moving forward. I would recommend Michael for any student wanting to become a better pianist and especially those interested in jazz.
"Michael has helped me focus my goals in the right direction. I would highly recommend [him]."
Dr. Landon Bell
Current Student, Dentist
Michael is an amazing musician and fantastic instructor. I have learned so much during my time with him and he has helped me focus my goals in the right direction. I have had a few piano teachers, and his knowledge of theory and his ability to teach it is amazing. I would highly recommend Michael as a piano teacher for any skill level.
He immediately brought energy and fun into our house and set the tone for a fabulous party!
I hired Michael to play the piano in our home during a small private party. He immediately brought energy and fun into our house and set the tone for a fabulous party! He played anything and everything we asked. Amazingly talented. He was so good we hired him to stay an extra hour! I will definitely be using Michael again. Thank you for the perfect evening.