Michele Crachiolo
Piano

I started piano lessons at the age of 7 after playing my grandmother’s organ in her living room on the weekends. Both my grandparents were Church organists…music did run in the family. Little did I know at that young age, those piano lessons would make all the difference!
My first piano teacher was Mrs. Mitchell, a Church organist, who taught lessons in her home. According to my parents, I progressed so quickly it was hard for her to keep up with me, and she suggested a more advanced and experienced music teacher. This began the long drives from Sterling Heights to Birmingham every week for piano lessons with Leslie Brooks. She was the teacher who introduced me to Classical music and trained me so I could become a Piano Major in college one day! I remember 2 grand pianos in her library over the oriental rugs and bookcases full of books in her Tudor-style home. I wanted to grow up and be just like her. These lessons set the foundation for how I still teach today.
Along the way I met Mrs. Muse, who had themed piano parties in her home for her music students. We crammed in her home that was filled with pianos, keyboards, other instruments and books galore! We learned how to play duets, trios, quartets, spooky music for Halloween, improvisation for Christmas music, prepared for music festivals at Schoolcraft College and in Novi. And next, Rich, a soft-spoken pianist and composer, who introduced me to the new world of trophies! I prepared for festivals and traveled to competitions around the state of Michigan and National Conventions. At this point, I was in high school and Rich suggested that I start teaching a few piano students myself!
My piano studio grew to around 12 children as I taught lessons after school. We even had a spring recital and some of the students entered AGM and MMA Festivals. This led me to think about my proposed science major for the next year in college. Maybe music wouldn’t be something I did on the side, but what I really could do!
Grand Valley State University opened up enormous possibilities for me. I studied under Julianne VandenWyngaard, an Eastman School of Music graduate, who pushed me beyond belief. I learned how to sight-read, accompany, and tackle much more challenging music. While I was there I played the harpsichord with the Chamber group, took organ lessons, learned difficult New Music from the budding composers, led the Campus Ministry praise teams and developed the music ministry, and learned jazz improvisation and how to read chord charts with a small jazz ensemble that performed on campus. In the summer I was a camp counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where I put my love of the piano together with students and decided to become a music teacher.
I graduated in 1996 with my Music Certification K-12 and Bachelor’s Degree. Later, I received my Master’s Degree in Music Education from Oakland University. Over the years I have taught in public and private schools, home school co-ops, in addition to piano lessons in my home or other music studios. I have been the music director for various Churches and Parishes, and directed choirs, from preschool through adults. I have accompanied middle and high school students for their Solo and Ensemble Festivals for 20 years and performed whenever I have been called upon.
At this point, I want to go back to the beginning and teach piano lessons. One child or adult at a time, it can change a life like it changed mine!
I have been married to Greg, a Church musician/organist/vocalist/educator, for 15 years and we have 4 beautiful and musical children, ranging in age from 2 to 11! We recently purchased a home in Warren where we will home school our children and spend more time at our Church. In addition to family sing-alongs (mostly Musical theatre), we enjoy baseball games, playing outside, baking desserts, reading, walking, and just hanging out.

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