Get to Know the Teacher

Hi!  My name is Michael Tyson, music instructor.  As a parent who is closely involved with your child, I’d like to ask you, do you like to see your child create and learn?  Using the instruments of the piano and the guitar, I help parents of creative children, who want to make a lasting difference in their child’s education and who are ready to experience the thrill of their child making music—by finding their unique voice and expressing the joy of who they really are.


I have taught privately and at several preschools for 20 years.  Most recently, I helped kids at The Learning Center (TLC), giving preschoolers invaluable, fundamental skills in rhythm, pattern identification, and creative expression.  My private students are treated to a curriculum designed especially for each of them, including classical, rock, blues, pop, show tunes, and songs selected by the students themselves.  More than a list of accumulated pieces, the student grows a repertoire of songs which motivate and inspire them to keep learning music always.


My own interests include many genres and venues of music—in churches, bands, jazz groups, music theater, solo performance, and making CDs.  Having produced five CDs, I write, perform and record children’s music and  my own “classical-jazz fusion” piano music.  I also serve as the Music Director for the Takoma Park Chapel in Silver Spring, MD, where I direct, write and arrange music for singers, a jazz quintet, and a choir.


Every child has a unique musical ability and expression, and I look forward to making music with yours!




Mr. Michael


Everyone Needs a Little Help Their First Time

Alison and I are feeling like proud parents.  Last week our son Hamid turned three, and had his first day of preschool!  And he road on a bus!  He had looked forward to this day for a long time--we would always walk his older sister to her bus stop and he couldn't wait for it to be his turn, to go to school and ride on a bus.


So, last Wednesday, early in the morning, we all went out with him for his first send-off.  He had his birthday shirt on and his backpack and was very excited.  Until the bus drove up, opened it's doors, and he realized he was going alone.  "Oh my gosh!  What have I gotten myself into!?" the expression on his face said.


Alison put him on the first stair and a woman helped him up the rest of the way.  His mother said she thought he was going to cry.


But he didn't.  Later, Alison and I visited him at his school and he was having a blast playing with all the toys and other kids.  A great, successful first day for a big three-year-old!


This day makes me think about myself as a child or as a beginner at any other time in my life.  When I want to start a big undertaking that I've been wanting to do for a long time, and then, right before I start, I usually think, "Oh my gosh, how am I going to do this?  I can't do it all by myself!" 


But, inevitably, if I keep going, I find out that I'm not alone and that there are many different resources that are available to help me.


Like Hamid's first ride on a bus, his mom got him started by putting him on the first step.  Then, he was helped by someone else the rest of the way.  And he had a great day at school.


How about you?  Have you thought lately, "I want my child to play music this year!" or "I want them to know that they can do it!" ?


I want your child to know they can do it, too!  Every child is capable.  And in a music program where they get the right guidance, support, and encouragement, they will go far, playing the songs of their dreams.


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