"Michele's reputation as a soloist (on different instruments); her versatility as a busy orchestral and pit musician; her aptitude for - and love of - teaching; her friendly and supportive demeanor; her professionalism in her personal interactions; and her solid academic background - all these I will leave to others to elaborate upon. For me, Michele embodies another special talent. ... I have experienced a variety of conductors but none as capable and supportive as Michele. She is - without exception - the best conductor I have ever had the pleasure to work under. She has mastered this essential skill and is able to control and convey all things musical with precise and predicable movements and consistent gestures. More than complete mastery of the technical side of conducting, she has a keen ear and a way of gently (but firmly) coaxing what she wants from her charges. As with her private teaching and group coaching - both of which I have experienced and can whole heartedly endorse - Michele can correct and comment while remaining upbeat, supportive, and downright cheerful.  As a person, Michele is adored by everyone in our group; she has never let us down - or made us to feel that we have let her down (although upon occasion we may well have!)."  -Brian T.

"Michele has been a singularly exceptional clarinet teacher and educator who has guided me on my journey from novice player to confident amateur enthusiast. I would not have been able to learn this challenging instrument if it were not for her passion, her approachability, her capacity to hone in on small nuances of technique in a supportive way, her unique method and of course her genuine love of teaching.  I think Michele is one of the best teachers around" - Phil M. 

"I started taking clarinet with Michele about two years ago in my grade seven instrumental class. Learning in the classroom at school was difficult because it was new and there were so many people in my class. It was very helpful to start working with Michele. We practised playing and theory, and I improved so much. I would say I can read music well, and I can play many notes thanks to our time together. Michele is nice and a great teacher!"  -R.M., aged 13

"I returned to the clarinet in my early sixties after a 40 year period of not playing.  Michele has helped find my way back into clarinet playing, providing me with exercises and direction to build up my skills again.  It's now been a year since I returned to playing my clarinet and I'm excited to continue growing."  -Tara G., Professor, University of Toronto

"I am proud to say that I was Michele’s first online student since I live too far away for in-person lessons. Over the years, she has perfected this technique of teaching and has found ways to overcome the few minor difficulties it presents.  Michele has a very organized approach to her lessons which has become part of my approach to practising. She is constantly challenging me to try something at the next level, and each time, with her support, I have succeeded.  Michele always has an answer to my endless questions about technique or theory or history. The answers inform my ability to go forward more easily.  Music has become a central part of my life and I owe a lot of that to Michele."  -Wynne K.

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