Michelle QuimbyMusic, Guitar, Piano, & Music Theory
Michelle is a guitar, piano, theory, and ensemble instructor with 17 years of teaching experience. They have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in music performance studying classical guitar under Richard Schilling as well as jazz piano performance. Michelle has been a music educator since 2004 starting their career at the Music Academy of Chelmsford. It was here where they developed a proprietary program focusing on a musical foundation and experience for young children. At this time, Michelle also gained experience in the music industry working for Rounder Records.
During their time in Knoxville, TN, Michelle was a sought-after instructor teaching up to 75 students a week. At Knoxville Academy of Music, they developed an infant and toddler music program of their own, taught all ages of students in a variety of instruments and music styles, and directed an advanced youth classical guitar performance group called Knoxville Youth Guitar Ensemble. The guitar ensemble went on to perform at city-wide events, festivals, and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood DreamMore Resort. They have also received several nominations for Best Music Teacher by CityView magazine Knoxville.
Moving to Mansfield, OH in 2017, Michelle earned a place in the music instructor community as the Guitar Department Chair at Richland Academy of the Arts and continued to spread their love of music with events at the Mansfield Library, Kingwood Center Gardens, and Mansfield High School Winter Concert. In 2018, Michelle used their abilities for private instruction and relationship building to start their own music studio, You Can Play That!, focusing on private instruction as well as group classes.
Michelle has also been involved with the local YMCA, helping to develop a musical atmosphere within the community. During the 2020-2021 school year Michelle taught science through music via Arts Integration at Sherman Elementary in Mansfield, OH to four third grade classes. The 2020-2021 school year had its challenges but allowed Michelle to perfect virtual teaching and classroom management through this project since all classes and projects were held virtually.
Michelle believes successful teaching comes from an understanding of not just the subject, but of the student. They work with each student individually to discover what learning style works best and adjusts their teaching style to accommodate the needs of the student. Through patience, knowledge, and humor, Michelle helps their students build a love for learning and for music.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adults
- Older Adults
Facilities and Resources Required
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space
Mornings and early afternoons