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Michael Sommerville, B.Mus

Toronto ON | M4L 1H5

About me

McGill Music Grad in Performance and Music Technology. I have ~20 years of teaching experience, and teaching is a passion for me. When I’m not teaching, I’m either playing/practicing, writing, and producing Music for retail distribution, or producing New Media Projects as a freelancer. I own a small Music Publishing company representing Artists from across the Globe. www.beachesmusiclessons.ca

Specialties

Counterpoint. Theory. Performance. Composition.Working knowledge of Music Software for Education.Technique. Alto and Tenor Saxophones.Rock/Acoustic Guitar

Lesson details

Students can follow the RCM Syllabus and prepare for their RCM Exams, or we can assess your interests, goals, and abilities to have individualized, Tailor-Made Lesson Plans.
Students studying Sound Design and Music Technologies are encouraged to start with Shareware software while the basics are understood. Afterwards it's important for the Student to invest in some entry-level Gear. Prices quoted here are for 60-Minute Lessons. Contact me for detailed pricing information for 30-Minutes & 1-Hour lessons. Discounts for multiple family members.

Education and Accreditation

McGill University B.Mus, Performance/Music Technology

Testimonials

Michael is an excellent teacher who motivates his students and fosters a love and appreciation for music. His...

Michael is an excellent teacher. he is patient, caring, and knows his music.
- John Ferreira

Michael was wonderful with my 3 kids. Very patient and it is obvious he has a love for music, which is contagious. I...

Experience

more than 10 years

Rates

$60 & up

Availability

Monday 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday 4pm - 9pm
Thursday 4pm - 9pm
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed

Teaching location

Students Home
Teachers Studio

Genre

Blues
Chamber Music
Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Folk
Improvisation
Jazz
Modern
Performance
Pop
Rhythm and Blues
Rock

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Kodály Method
Royal Conservatory of Music
Rote Method
Suzuki Method

Instruments and Subjects

guitar
pedagogy
piano
saxophone
theory – analysis
theory – counterpoint
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English
French