Piano, Saxophone, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet
Jazz, Brazilian Jazz (Samba, Choro, Bossa Nova, Baião, Maracatu, Frevo), Pop/Rock and Classical
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the piano was Michel’s first instrument. He started as a young child, at the age of 5. He continued studying piano performance (initially classical, later jazz) until college, when he switched to use it as my main instrument to arrange and compose music.
Michel is one of the founders of the Philharmonic Band of Rio de Janeiro (BFRJ) where he performed the saxophone regularly from 2010-2012 and was featured as a soloist in 2012. He was also featured as a soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Fundarte Chamber Orchestra, and the UFR Jazz Ensemble.
In Brazil, he participated and performed in many music festivals and summer camps around the country like the National Choro Festival (2009), Week of Music Festival (2009), Music on the Mountains Festival (2009), Coffee Valley Festival (2010), International Saxophonists Encounter (2010), and the Villa Lobos Festival (2011). He has also participated in master classes
I’m very patient when teaching, and I know that when dealing with kids it is sometimes necessary to repeat yourself over and over again.
I also see them as individuals and understand that each one might have a different learning style, which provides me with the opportunity to constantly grow as a teacher. I try to make the lesson a ‘fear free’ environment, where the student is always comfortable to ask or try new exercises when practicing. After all, we should enjoy the process of learning music!
Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, United States
Michel has been great in engaging my sons, especially my young soon new to piano and who has lots of energy.
Michel is a wonderful teacher! He is fun and flexible about Matt's needs. He is also a fabulous role model about the joy that music can bring to life. We really enjoy working with him.
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