Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, 5 String Banjo, Woodwinds
Areas of Work: Suffolk

Michael has been at the helm of String Sound Studios since 1986. Mainly a guitarist, he is also well-schooled in bass guitar, piano, and some woodwinds. He is considered by his peers to be a talented multi-instrumentalist with skills on 5-string banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. While at Five Towns College, Michael studied with master musicians Peter Rogine, John Dewitt, and Donna Olson. Michael insists on being eclectic and shares a deep understanding of jazz, rock, blues, and classical music with all his students. Michael has a world view of music which includes Latin, eastern, and western elements that show up in his arranging.

Over the years, many of his students have been accepted into music colleges and are actively involved in the music industry today. Michael is also an ace transcriber, arranger, and extremely knowledgeable in using music software such as Sibelius to arrange and compose music for the ensembles at our Setauket studio. For over 30 years he has been guiding students in NYSSMA, All-State, recitals and college auditions. Michael’s influences range from Bach to Larry Carlton, and he has played with numerous bands as a freelancer over the years. He is in the midst of a finger-style solo guitar project and involved in private and ensemble music instruction.

Along with possessing a strong musical prowess, Michael and his family are very involved with ice skating and ice hockey.

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G.  Smith – Huntington
“Michael taught all four of my children to read and play music, and he has taught me guitar for many years. He has been a feature in our house on and off for 20 years. Besides being a very talented musician and teacher he brings a wealth of music knowledge to his students. He is extremely reliable and trustworthy.”

John T. – Huntington
“Michael is an excellent instructor and great musician! He is very accomplished and versatile in not only a wide-array of genre’s of music but also in the multiple instruments he plays as well. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable while also challenging. I highly recommend Michael for anyone trying to learn music.”

Mike R. – Setauket
“For the older beginner, you will find none better. Kind, knowledgeable, patient and fun. He makes the experience easy.”