Song playing is "Freeport" , track #2 from my CD, "Recollection".
Practicing on a tuned piano
will help the student make more consistent progress.
Student and Parent References:
I have enjoyed Mike as my piano instructor over the past few years.
Mike has been very understanding and accommodating of my
busy adult schedule. He accepts my desire to quickly learn certain favorite songs and styles. Although some of the weeks I am not as prepared as I should be, I still look forward to my appointment. Mike's background as an active professional performer keeps him in touch with the "real world" of music that adults enjoy.... this helps keep the lessons more interesting.
Henry G. Czachor... retired music man.
I am a twelve year old student of Mike Garrity. I think he is an amazing teacher! He really helps me learn the piece by breaking it apart for me. He’s really patient, kind and helpful. He never yells at me if I am struggling with a song. He is very understanding and a fun teacher. He lets me pick out my own music if I want to take a break from my lesson book. I can’t stress enough how much of a great teacher he is!!
Sarah Zarvan J
It is so wonderful to have such a talented piano teacher right in our neighborhood. My kids can even walk or ride their bikes to the lessons!! Mike is so patient and kind with the kids. They really enjoy learning different kinds of music. I love it because Mike is a great communicator and is flexible and easy to talk to. I highly recommend Mike Garrity!!
My three children have all taken years of piano lessons from Mike. I am constantly amazed at the goals my kids reach, thanks to Mike's teaching style. It seems that Mike is particularly fantastic at meeting the kids at their level; he just seems to know how best to reach them, even though they have such different personalities.
Something else that sets Mike apart from other teachers is his willingness to give the children some control in their musical genre and song choice. He gently guides them to be well-rounded by dabbling in various stylings, while at the same time allowing them to always have one of their own choices at hand. Since every child connects differently to a style and specific song, this method has kept my children motivated and excited about practicing and mastering their selections.
Mike expects a lot of his students, but he is always supportive of their other interests and hobbies; he really encourages balance in their lives. He is fun, patient, understanding, and gentle with students, all the while pushing them to reach their potential.
These nearly 8 years of piano lessons have been the best, thanks to Mike!
Thanks, Gina Vecera
I am very glad to have Mr. Garrity as my piano instructor. He has helped me along my musical journey since I was only nine years old. He's given me encouragement and help whenever I need it. This past year has been especially stressful for me as I am just beginning high school and he has provided me with encouragement in my studies. It is much more exciting to learn when you have an engaging and fun instructor like Mike.
I feel fortunate to have Mike as Alex's piano teacher. Alex has been with Mike for over five years now and his ability to pass on his knowledge, skills and talents to his students continues to impress me. Mike has many students who have achieved high marks with their piano skills which says a lot about Mike. He is dedicated, patient and wants to see his students succeed. He is willing to work with his students and the type of music they prefer to play which helps in developing a love for music. Mike takes great pride in his students' successes not only as a piano student but in their personal lives as well. He is very encouraging and seeks out the positives in each students' lessons and takes great delight in the individual personalities of his students.
Here are my Upcoming Shows:
FRI & SAT, 20TH & 21ST...TEN-O-ONE CLUB................6:00-8:00
FRI & SAT, 10TH & 11TH...TEN-O-ONE CLUB................6:00-8:00
WED, 15TH..........BROADWAY FARMERS MARKET.........3:00-8:00
FRI & SAT, 17TH & 18TH...TEN-O-ONE CLUB................6:00-8:00
SAT, 25TH................STURGEON BAY YACHT CLUB.......6:00-9:00
WED, 6TH............BROADWAY FARMERS MARKET.........3:00-8:00
SAT, 9TH....WASHINGTON STREET FARMERS MARKET..9:00-11:30AM
FRI & SAT, 8TH & 9TH.......TEN-O-ONE CLUB................6:00-8:00
FRI & SAT, 22ND & 23RD...TEN-O-ONE CLUB................6:00-8:00
My CD, RECOLLECTION, is for sale at my shows and at piano lessons. It is my first CD of all original instrumental piano music and was recorded at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI. Look for my next original CD in 2015.
Mike is currently performing with:
Rock, Blues & Funk
Adam Bunn: Bass
Darrell Johnson:Drums & Vocals
Tom Hora: Guitar
Mike: Piano, Keyboards & Vocals
COLDTRAIN JAZZ DUO
Adam Bunn: Bass
Mike : Piano, Keyboards & Vocals
Mike performs SOLO PIANO/VOCAL Shows at Clubs, Festivals, Corporate Functions, Weddings and for Private Parties.
He has played at The Meyer Theatre, downtown Green Bay, performing with Let Me Be Frank Productions in their musical comedy productions.
He performed regularly for many years at The Weidner Center for the Friends of The Green Bay Symphony.
His recent band experience includes: Michael Murphy & The Mob, The Full Circle Band, The Casino Brothers, from Toronto, Canada, Benny & The Jets,Tripp Dexter, New Soul Experience and Echo Canyon.
Mike & ColdTrain are available for clubs, corporate functions, private parties, weddings and any other event that is in need of quality entertainment. For booking info: call Mike at 920-737-6825 or email email@example.com.
Mike offers Private Piano Instruction at his home studio at 4433 Wyandot Trail in Hobart.
Exciting news! I have expanded my teaching program to include a Piano Teacher/Performer course. I have taught many piano teachers over the years, and I am getting more requests every month, so I decided to start a Piano Teacher/Performer course to help other piano teachers and performers with their careers.
The course includes: Developing professional playing styles, song selection, improvisation, song writing teaching techniques, organization, marketing, student retention, and Music Business 101-How to establish and grow your music career.
'TIS THE SEASONTO TUNE YOUR PIANO
The piano is the most complex of all musical instruments, with more than 500 working parts in the action alone and a combined tension on its strings of between 15 and 20 tons (that's right--tons).
Annual piano tuning is essential for the student's musical ear development.
For advanced students, their piano should be tuned in the Spring and the Fall, when the temperature and humidity changes play havoc with the strings.
Practicing on a tuned piano will help the student make more consistent progress.