Member Information

Michael Lipson


Personal Statement/Bio:

I am someone who is quite passionate about music. I caught the proverbial "music bug" early, as a child, and have been pleased to have not shaken it loose.

I have been singing my entire life. I have been playing clarinet since Regan was leaving the U.S. Presidency, the saxophone since Clinton's second year (I know HE would approve of this horn!), the guitar and bass shortly after with piano and random percussion thrown in all along the way. I consider myself a novice at the trumpet, trombone, violin, and 'cello.

I play what feels right. At the end of the day, the ear will be the judge of what sounds we consider to be music, be it with rhythm, tone, and/or any flow of aural consistency over time. Furthermore, I embrace the vibrations that we feel (and hear) which make us dance, sing, laugh, cry, love, reminisce, relax, work, and simply be.


I have been immersed in and enamored by music for the majority of my thirty-one years. I have studied with a bevy of fine, accomplished teachers including Jack Hawkins, Jan Brachel, Tom Schroeder, Mary Andrews, Mark Phillips, and John E. Lawrence. I have trained hard and learned much from busking on the streets of many different cities internationally, performing at public and private functions, as well as gigging with any number of outfits at a grand amount of venues. I am currently a student myself, finishing classes towards a Masters in Music.

Teaching Philosophy:

I am a rather patient, upbeat, and compassionate teacher. I often remind students that every mistake is an opportunity to learn. I believe that one must play slow before one can play fast. I develop a knowledge and proficiency in scales, which are vital for all types and modes of music. I put equal emphasis on sight reading, theory, improvisation, and self-expression. I often allow students to choose their own music to work on and ultimately perform at a student showcase, of which I hold every few months.

Music Programs:

I am an ASCAP member. I have run various open-mike and live music events. I currently run an open-style stage with a weekly headliner at Keystone Underground (200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48198) on Wednesdays at 9pm. I perform regularly as a solo artist in a myriad of forms, crossing over a dozen genres. I have been fortunate to gig with a true variegated number of groups and bands ranging from symphonic and orchestral to West Afican jazz and Afropop to psychedelic blues to ska to hard rock 'n' roll to hip-hop to trip-hop to techno to Judaica to Gospel to fusion to funk to punk (to what some may call junk) to easy listening to bepop to a capella to bluegrass to big band to marching band to every other musical category out there and in there.

Cancellation Policy:

If there is a non-emergency cancellation, I ask for the student (or parent) to contact me within 24 hours. When lessons are secured in advance, and a pupil misses an appointment, I do provide "home studies:" any number of things to do in lieu of the one-on-one session which can be picked up. Additionally, I am happy to send a lesson plan via email and/or snailmail.


I offer discounts to folks who reserve multiple lessons at one time; this helps motivate the student to keep a scheduled lesson. The most popular price break has been 10% off when purchasing a month's worth of lessons at once. Also, if you refer a friend, both you and the new student receive a FREE session!!!

About My Lessons:

Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drums, Flute, Harmonica, Violin, Voice, Cello, Conducting, Mandolin, Oboe, Organ, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Recording, Music Therapy, Songwriting, Fiddle, Kids Music

Alternative, Blues, Broadway, Chamber, Children, Choral, Christian, Classical, Country, Folk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Opera, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, World

Student Levels:
Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner

Ages Taught:
2 to 99

Group Lessons:

Lesson Held at:
Studio or Students Home


Rate Per 30 mins: $25
Rate Per 45 mins: $38
Rate Per 60 mins: $50
Rate Per 90 mins: $65

Family discounts:


Years Teaching: