Michael B.


Music has always been a central part of Michael’s life – his parents say that he once played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the piano shortly after his first birthday. Michael studied music at Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2015 and winning the Edward T. Cone Memorial Prize for excellence in music theory and composition. He then went on to earn an MA and MPhil in music theory at Yale, where he is currently finishing out his PhD in this same discipline.

Michael has spent much of his life leveraging his passions for academics, teaching, and mentorship towards challenging students to think critically, be confident, and harness their best selves. He has over a decade of teaching and tutoring experience, including three years designing his own music courses at Yale, four years as a writing instructor, two years as a test prep tutor, and two years helping students with all aspects of their college applications. While Michael’s primary specialties are music and academic/personal writing, he also regularly gets excited about statistics, linguistics, psychology, Spanish, philosophy, U.S. history, and grammar. He is looking forward to working with students in any and all of these areas, in addition to SAT/AP exam prep and college admissions counseling.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys golfing, playing the piano, trying new restaurants, and exploring abandoned places. He is also an occasional freelance musician/composer, a sometime sports broadcaster with WYBCx Yale Radio, and a lifelong fan of the Phillies and Eagles.


Education & Qualifications
  • Yale University, PhD Candidate in Music Theory
  • Yale University, MPhil in Music Theory
  • Yale University, MA in Music Theory
  • Princeton University, BA in Music
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • History
  • Music Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • College Admissions
  • Graduate Admissions Writing & Strategy