Michael specializes in teaching Hammond B3 to students aged 9 and up. He is able to tailor his teaching to the goals and interests of each student by drawing on his diverse musical background. He is well-versed in jazz, blues, gospel and funk techniques on the instrument, and is proficient on the bass pedals. Michael has a Hammond C3 (internally identical to a B3) and Leslie speaker in his teaching studio, as well as a 48″ Yamaha piano.
A faculty member at Bates College, Michael performs regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Maine and New Hampshire. He has played at numerous venues including the State Theatre, Merrill Auditorium, and Port City Music Hall. Michael graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance (Jazz Concentration), from the University of Southern Maine. He studied with many acclaimed musicians including Thomas Snow, Laura Kargul, Ben Waltzer, and Vardan Ovsepian.
Michael was the music director of West Kennebunk United Methodist Church from 2013-2015 and has extensive experience filling in at other churches. He is particularly drawn to gospel styles of sacred music. As an instructor, Michael has enjoyed teaching a variety of students since 2008.