School of Music > Community Music > About Us > Faculty Profiles > Michel Chatara-Morse
I chose guitar because I loved classic rock and roll like Led
Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and others. However, I was lucky enough to have
wonderful classical teachers who steered my musical interests toward the
classical guitar. I love the guitar because it is, in my opinion, the
most beautiful and intimate of all instruments.
I was a Suzuki Violin student at age six. I started traditional piano
lessons at age eight. Finally, I started traditional guitar lessons at
age 13. In high school I played in rock and roll bands, while keeping up
on my classical training.
In my free time I practice my guitar. Do you hear this, students?
Practice every day as much as possible! I also enjoy working out,
playing tennis, attending concerts, football, basketball, Da Bears, Da
Bulls, reading, movies, and many others.
As an active classical guitarist in the Midwest I have a unique take
on teaching. I have been lucky enough to study with some of the best
guitarists in the world. These teachers have steered me down a path of
discipline, preparation, patience, and efficiency. By learning technique
from the best, I am able to see what is important for students from a
developmental standpoint. Also, being an active performer myself, I know
what it takes to achieve a consistent good result.
I approach teaching on a technical, musical, efficient, fun, and
personal level. Technique and fun are the most important aspect of early
teaching for young students, for example. The establishment of muscle
memory is a very big aspect of excellent playing. Once a good basis of
technique is established, note reading and theory are added into the
lessons. I believe that every student I have has the possibility to be
an excellent guitarist. Therefore, I owe it to them to give them the
BEST possible tools to achieve that goal.
For me, having a positive impact on students’ lives is very
rewarding. I believe with all my heart that the discipline, the
confidence, the achievement, and the challenge that students get when
studying the guitar will transfer in a positive way to many other areas