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Qualifications & Experience

I have almost 2 decades of experience in teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. Music is my primary subject for tutoring, which includes instrumental private lessons, help with music theory, composition, and music history. I am current with music technology trends.

Because of the part-time nature of the music business, I have also had work experience in the business world. I have had countless hours of training and utilization in Microsoft Office platforms. I am most proficient with MS Word, although I also use Excel. I am adept at proof-reading material before publication. I have an analytical mind and when problem-solving is needed, am the person to whom my colleagues refer. I am able to figure out most computer related technical issues.

I am able to tutor Spanish students within their first two years of study. I have had 8 years of schooling in the language, and am familiar with many dialects. I have had a couple of trips to Mexico, and at one point had a Castilian instructor.

I am a positive, upbeat instructor who will figure out another way to show you something if it doesn't "click" the first time. There are many different styles of learning, and it is my job to find what works best for you.



The College of New Jersey

Music education


West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Music performance






Social Studies

Music History


Music History Music Composition Ear Training Flute General Music Music Theory Piano Sight Singing


Microsoft Excel Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Word


Microsoft Excel Microsoft Word

Michelle ’s Rating



Alison S.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

My son Scott was a "play by ear" pianist when he began lessons with Michelle. Now he is reading and writing music. Michelle gears lessons toward the individual student's style and genre. We are very pleased with her professionalism and dedication.

10 months ago

Ellyn M.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

My daughter Emily has been taking flute and piano lessons from Michelle. Michelle has been a wonderful asset to Emily's musical experience. She is tough when she needs to be, asking more when more is clearly needed. Yet she has an undeniable intuition when a little lenience or understanding is in order. Michelle has the ability to adapt and shift her approach from student to student. I know this because my daughter Gabby is now taking piano lessons and Michelle has a keen understanding of both childs' strengths and weaknesses and rolling with them. Thank you Michelle for instilling the joy of music in our children!

11 months ago

Lee R.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Michelle is an excellent teacher. She is kind, patient and understands how to teach children so they are excited about learning. I never have to tell my child to practice because she enjoys sharing her progress with Michelle. My husband and I consider Michelle a wonderful addition to our daughter's childhood. Our daughter will always remember Michelle's influence in both teaching flute and her personal demeanor. I am a very picky person regarding tutors and teachers and I have never found any fault with Michelle. Michelle is an excellent teacher with patience and a sense of humor. She is good at figuring out what makes each child 'tick.' We are lucky to have her and will always be grateful that she has been part of our lives.

a year ago

Jonathan E.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

I have had both of my children enrolled for piano lessons in Ms. Cosgrove's sessions for many years now. I am deeply impressed with her teaching approach. She is passionate about music, teaches to the individual needs of the student, and communicates weekly with the parents on the progress of her students. She brings to the table a profound knowledge of educational procedures and techniques that make her much more than being a music teacher. I would highly recommend her sessions for anyone who wishes to pursue the instruments Ms. Cosgrove teaches.

a year ago