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Mister Michael

I grew up in a musical family. My mother played piano, father played ‘cello, grandfather played violin and guitar, and uncle played oboe. I took up piano at the age of six and never stopped! Along the way I earned a degree in Music Composition from U.C. Berkeley, and took private instruction in conducting, orchestration, and jazz arranging. I now teach piano, as well as composition, arranging, and music theory.

I have been the music director on over 75 musical theater productions, and have performed in Moscow, London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Five musicals have been commissioned from me over the years, and a couple of them are still being performed in New Zealand.

I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of wonderful children over the past twenty-five years, in children’s theater, private music lessons, youth orchestras, high schools and so on. I have seen again and again the impact that early music exposure has on a child’s character, cognitive ability, emotional intelligence, and cultural awareness.

Kindermusik’s curricula combine sound pedagogy with an intuitive grasp of what makes music a truly “fundamental” human experience. My wife Mary, a trained Waldorf teacher, daughter Elizabeth (see below) and I are working together to bring this phenomenal program to you in the Tri-State Area. It is a perfect fit with our passion to spread the joy, the magic, and the mystery of music.

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Miss Elizabeth

I was lucky enough to begin my relationship with music at an early age, as I was born into a home filled with the infectious sounds of piano and singing. By age 5, I was begging my mother to harmonize with me. Soon after, I began attending arts-focused Waldorf schools that nourished the passion that continues to enhance my life.

I have worked in various settings with adults and young children of vastly disparate backgrounds, yielding many opportunities to observe music’s enriching effect. My experiences include teaching songs and dances at an Ecuadorian orphanage, using songs as an effective tool in instructing Chinese ESL (English Second Language) students, and working at a California Waldorf school similar to the one I attended. While teaching Kindermusik, I am concurrently studying to obtain my Secondary Teaching Credential and Master of Education in High School English Literature at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University.

Again and again, I am amazed by the extent to which music consistently enhances personal growth and development in all children. Kindermusik gives me the chance to spread music’s meaning and joy!

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