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Piano Articles

Biggest Myths About
Piano Lessons

Making Sense of Reading
Music as a Beginner

Creating Ease at the Piano

Don't Buy the Big Myth About the C Major Scale

Making The Transition
From Classical-Only to
Jazz-Inclusive Playing

Clarifying Jazz Theory

Becoming a Better
Sight-Reader at the Piano

Should a DJ Learn to Play the Piano?

Discovering the Piano
Through Other Instruments

Musical Creativity In Action

Vocal Articles

Creating Vocal Freedom

It's All In Your Head

Composition Articles

Composing– Isn’t It Just
Like Ironing Your Shirt?

Do Composers Really Need to Know Music Theory

Spheres of Influence for Composers

Practicing Articles
The Art of Practicing:
Part 1
Part 2

How To Develop Your Music
Away From Your Instrument:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

"Intentionality" and
Free Improvisation

Music & Culture Essays
Storytelling in Classical Music

The Real Cost of
Unsolicited Feedback




Getting Set Up At The Piano

"Killer Joe" left-hand comping:
Part 1

Part 2

Advanced solo piano vamping:
Gospel style in 4/4
Classical style in 3/4
Pattern style in 13/8

Making Your Performing Work
(from Level 2 Workshop)

Performing Articles

Practical Steps to Performance

Taking on a New Performance Mountain

The Compound Effect In Action

Embracing The Trust Factor–
Self-Authorization At Work

Flexibility First: Accompanying In Today’s Church

Making The Most Of Your

Teaching Articles

Making The Phone Your
Student Value Amplifier:
Part 1
Part 2

Making A Piano Ensemble Class Come Alive

How To Survive As An Artist



Words of Appreciation

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Michael in action...







Quite possibly the most spacious and fully-equipped
teaching studio in the Bay Area—safe Berkeley location.

Michael at Piano