Acoustic Guitar - Strumming and Singing, Single Note Playing, Fingerpicking, Note Reading, Theory
When a student enters the classroom, they bring a fresh set of abilities, hopes, and
expectations. My job is to welcome people wherever theyâ€™re at that day. Most times,
folks are well prepared. But everyone struggles with their instrument sometimes, hasnâ€™t
practiced that week, or has missed a class or two because of, well, life. Iâ€™m there to
foster a good musical moment no matter what kind of day you or your child is having.
Iâ€™m an acoustic player. I like teaching the â€śwhyâ€ť as well as the â€śhow.â€ť I think Iâ€™m good at
boiling things down in ways that can get through to each student.
I first came to the Old Town School of Folk Music in January of 1973 to take fiddle
lessons. I was a month shy of 16. Iâ€™d been playing guitar for a few years and had started
giving lessons to friends. I learned fiddle from Dave Prine and banjo from Fleming
Brown. Both were longtime teachers at the school and veteran performers on the
Chicago folk scene. I joined the faculty in March of 1974 when the school opened a
branch in Skokie.
Along the way, Iâ€™ve traveled, been a street musician, lived abroad, acted on stage,
picked up a foreign language or two, scored independent films, run a shoebox recording
studio, hosted kidsâ€™ shows and open mics, been a musical director in tiny black box
theaters, and won or shared in a few small awards. Iâ€™ve even worked Renaissance
Faires. Lifeâ€™s been good.
These last 18 years are my third, and longest, tenure at the school. In 2019, I received
my B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. During the pandemic, I completed Masters
Level Teaching Certificates in Online Teaching (UIS 2021), and TESOL (Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages, NEIU 2022)
Since March of 2020, I have been teaching exclusively online. At present, my wife and I
are living in SW France. Due to the time difference, I am only teaching on Tuesday and
Thursday mornings between 9:00am and 12:00pm, Chicago time. Hope to see you on Zoom!
ASCAP; Chicago Federation of Musicians, local 10-208; Illinois Federation of Teachers,
Contact Michael at email@example.com.
Education: B.A.,Â Northeastern Illinois University (2019)
Master Online Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois Springfield (2021)
Masterâ€™s Level TESOL Certificate, NEIU (2022)Â
Second City Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago
Started at the Old Town School in November of 1974