Who am I and what is Motivique?

To tell you a bit about me and my teaching, my name is Michael and I was born near Houston, TX. However, I’ve claimed Dallas as home since a very early age. I grew up learning to love music hearing concerts at the Meyerson, where my mother sang in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I started playing guitar at the age of 12.

In 2000, I started performing gigs around the state to make a living, and after about 3,000 I decided to go back to school to get a music degree studying at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.

I have been teaching in the Dallas area since 2000, and since 2012 I have taught privately full time. While my original training was in classical guitar and my performances centered on singing bolero and bossa nova, my teaching encompasses everything from rock to jazz to country to reggae. My approach is to show people how the music they want to play emerges from understanding of applied theory ad mechanics.

I also offer music theory tutoring aimed at middle and high school students in band, symphony and orchestra, of all instruments. Of course I offer this to students of all ages whether in school or not. To communicate directly ith me, please email MotiviqueStudio @Gmail.com

“Motivique” is the name I chose for my teaching studio after we moved out of area and my prior name made no sense. You’ve probably heard the expression “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” That gives you an idea about what “Motivique” is, and what it means: the appreciation of larger ideas from an understanding of the small.

Motivique references the musical idea of a “motif” – the smallest passage that can be called music, which is how I want people to be able to break things down as they learn. Seeing the component parts (theoretically and mechanically) of a vast, complex piece or solo helps us memorize and physically manage the music.

Here, you’ll also find my practice routine and my mental dialogue for walking through the realm of music theory. The appreciation of the large by appreciating the small – they are all in that sense “Motivique”, and, of course, you can be too!

I hope you are having a great day, and look forward to seeing you soon – whether in real life or online! Cheers!

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