Michael Piraner

Recorder Teacher

Based in Gwynedd, United Kingdom

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About Me

Michael has a Diploma of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Birmingham. He moved to London in 1991 where he studied recorder with Anneke Boeke at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as privately in Amsterdam.

From 1998-2001 Michael held the position of recorder teacher at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in Australia. He has performed in the UK with Birmingham Baroque, and with various ensembles in the USA and Australia, and has recorded and broadcast with various radio programmes in Australia and the United States.

With Polyphonica, Michael has performed in the UK. the Netherlands, Germany and France, and he has performed independently as a soloist in the UK. France and Australia.

Michael teaches privately at his home in Wales and is a regular coach of small and large ensembles and he is one of the recorder tutors for the annual Higham Hall Renaissance Music course.


Individual Lessons

My experience covers students from teenagers to retirees with experience levels from beginners to degree students. My teaching methods are taylored to the needs and learning styles of the individual with an emphasis on "teaching the student to teach themselves".


I have a special interest in articulation technique and it's relationship to language and how this helps the student develop their own unique "voice" when playing the recorder. I work with students to develop their own strategies for developing subtle, flexible and varied articulation.


A variety of historical sources and various analysis techniques can be explored depending on the needs of the student. This can be from a "music appreciation" point of view, or a more detailed approach depending on the aims of the student.

Breathing and tone production

Integral to learning any woodwind instrument is the development of well-controlled breathing technique. I expore this in a fun and interactive way with students to help them find their own strategies for developing good breath control.

Examination Preparation

Major syllabuses covered including Associate Board, Trinity, and AMEB.

Other Skills

Finger technique Repertoire Large Ensemble Coaching Small Ensemble Coaching