Mikea

Mikea was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in southwest Michigan. She discovered a passion for music in her early teen years, and began to teach herself piano, guitar, composing, and songwriting. In high school, Mikea played alto saxophone in the school jazz, concert, and marching bands, and tenor saxophone in a quartet that won superior ratings at several District and State Solo and Ensembles. She also studied piano privately and wrote piano music for several school theatre productions, earning Excellence and Superior Awards at District and State Theatre Competitions for original music. Mikea earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from Eastern Michigan University, studying piano with Dr. Joel Schoenhals. While at Eastern, Mikea performed extensively with several ensembles, including EMU Women's Choir and EMU jazz combos, and worked both as a piano accompanist for other instrumentalists and as a solo pianist. She frequently performed original songs for piano and voice at coffee shops, restaurants, and other venues. Her most notable performance was her senior degree recital, in which she performed memorized pieces by Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, a 4-movement ragtime duet by Bolcom, and an original composition. Mikea loves working with people of all ages and skill levels. She has two years of experience working in early childhood classrooms and has also taught private lessons to adults. She strives to help students develop a passion for music by choosing pieces they enjoy, while still emphasizing the fundamentals of good musicianship, such as theory, technique, and sightreading. Mikea believes in helping students learn to be self-motivated and increasingly responsible for their own learning as they develop into self-confident and competent musicians.