My Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to provide students with a well-rounded education. Exposing them to a variety of genres of music, incorporating theory, sight reading, and ear training, and encouraging collaboration among students through master classes and ensembles deepens the student’s understanding and pleasure of music.

I approach students as individuals and attempt to challenge each according to their own unique potential. Learning an instrument is not easy, and requires consistent dedication. However, given sufficient time and structured practice, it can become an enjoyable skill that has many benefits.

Studying a musical instrument has been proven to increase memory capacity, refine time management and organizational skills, enhance coordination, strengthen mathematical ability, teach perseverance, and sharpen concentration. Learning to play an instrument also fosters self expression and relieves stress as well as many other life skills.

~Michelle Lavin


 Scholarship Recital

The 2016 theme was Song Arrangement and all students had fun as they reached new levels of understanding about music structure and theory by taking their favorite melody and adding their own introductions, endings, embellisments, and improvisation.