Reeder Music Academy

​​3482 Camino Tassajara​​​
Danville, CA 94506
​Tel: 925-964-0571

​​​Make Music A Part Of Your Life!
Michael Short 
Piano instructor

Michael Short began piano lessons at the age of seven. He grew up in the Bay Area, California, where he had a wide range of teachers. During high school, he took lessons from Dr. Vera Breheda, an excellent teacher whom he considers to have made the first major impact on him. He attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA after high school, where he studied with Dr. Bruce Cook until he received his Associate of Arts degree in Music. He was awarded the piano scholarship for all his years at DVC. At this time, he had the privilege of performing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Diablo Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael decided to further pursue his passion at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He studied with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock and Dr. David Korevaar, Juilliard-trained student of American virtuoso Earl Wild and resident pianist of the Takács Quartet. Michael also attended the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO to work more intensely with Dr. Korevaar. While in school, he did extensive research on the teaching style of Chopin. He finds Chopin to be the best example of a pedagogue and strives to teach in his path. He received the degree Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from CU Boulder.

As a performer, Michael has had the opportunity to collaborate with other instrumentalists, as well as present solo recitals. His repertoire in both solo and chamber works ranges from Bach to Lieberman. Michael has attended many master classes with world-renowned pianists, including: Jeremy Denk, Robert McDonald, Victor Rosenbaum, and Jennifer Hayghe. He has also performed in master classes for Michael Lewin and Petronel Malan. He considers himself to be a lifelong learner as he makes constant discoveries in his own practicing of new repertoire and teaching.

Michael’s Teaching Statement:

My goal is to foster students in an encouraging yet structured environment with my own knowledge and experience. People say that practice makes perfect, but a more accurate statement would be that practice makes permanent. It doesn't matter if you practice six hours a day if that practice is filled with useless repetition and bad habits. Teachers rarely instruct students on how to practice, but rather focus on small details such as "make this louder" or "slowdown here". I believe that detail work is important, but more generic concepts such as how to use the hand and how to listen are infinitely more important, as they help the student in all of their learning and playing. I also stress the importance of sight-reading to students, since it's one of the most valuable skills a musician can have. I really emphasize bringing out different characters and colors in music, as anything played without those is meaningless.