Michael graduated from the University of Southern California’s renowned jazz performance program. As a woodwind specialist — saxophone, clarinet and flute, Michael enjoys a wide-variety of musical styles ranging from classical to jazz to R&B. An active performer and session musician, Michael has played on TV show soundtracks such as Suits and Grey’s Anatomy, and is performing with Brian Setzer Orchestra (“Jump Jive and Wail”), for their Christmas 2014 tour.
Michael’s teaching style is both fun and comprehensive. Michael gives students a strong technical and theoretical foundation in music. This can then be applied to any kind of music including pop, jazz, and classical. Michael then works with students to develop their playing style and ability in the genre of music that most interests them.
Michael’s musical favorites include: John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, and Bach.
Michael is currently available for online (virtual) lessons, as well as limited availability for local (in-person) lessons in the Long Beach, CA area.