Inspiration is the greatest motivator of all!  As such, Michael seeks to provide the inspiration needed for students to reach their potential and fulfill their goals; adapting strategies unique to each individual's learning process. Michael's teaching is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Michael Davis provides:

  • Instruction for highly skilled violinists
  • Detailed chamber music coaching
  • Fine points of solo, chamber and orchestral music preparation
  • Development of musical styles and expression
  • Intricate details of technique, execution and facility
  • Understanding the mental aspects of performing
  • Emphasis on teaching students to diagnose and solve problems on their own.
Image Courtesy of O'Neil Arnold

Image Courtesy of O'Neil Arnold

Testimonials and Accolades of Former Students

"As a very young violinist, Michael Davis’ warm and friendly approach gave me the courage and confidence to tackle violin technique I hadn’t thought possible."
–Eva Burmeister

  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, member
  • Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, member
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, former member
  • Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, former associate musician
  • Columbia University, BA (Art History)
  • The Juilliard School, BM
  • The Juilliard School, MM

"I had the opportunity to work with Michael as a young violinist. Thanks to his inspiring natural abilities and relaxed approach he gave me an excellent, traditional foundation that has helped me immensely as a violinist and on my musical career path. I still use his techniques everyday with my own students and in my performances. He is the essence of a beautiful player and a 1st class teacher. "
–Julia Cash

  • Boston Ballet Orchestra
  • New England Conservatory Prep School Faculty

"Mr. Davis is a genuine, humorous, and refined communicator, motivating his students to pull the best from their violin, but more importantly, to evince the emotion of the music at their highest level."
–Neal Green

  • Ballardsville Baptist Church, Minister of Music
  • B.G.S. Indiana University
  • M.C.M. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Fiddle/Tenor vocals, The Misty Mountain String Band

"Michael Davis is a wonderful teacher, and was formative in my development as a musician. Under his tutelage, my playing improved enormously, and I learned what it meant to be a thinking musician and musical citizen. An exacting and elegant violinist of the highest standards, Mr. Davis is also a kind, compassionate person. I am grateful to have studied with him.”
–Shawn Jaeger

  • Princeton Arts Fellow (2016-18)
  • Tufts University Department of Music, Visiting Lecturer in Composition; Faculty, Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division
  • Commissions: Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Forum, BMI Foundation/Concert Artists Guild, Jerome Foundation
  •  Awards: Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, BMI Student Composer Award
  • DMA, Northwestern University
  • BM, University of Michigan

"As so much of what I carry with me today as a musician and composer is a direct result of my years of study with Michael Davis, it is impossible for me to distill the value of his pedagogy in a few words. He brings all of his wisdom and excellence as a violinist to a teaching approach that is as much about getting technical results as it is about encouraging a real and personal relationship with the instrument and the repertoire—something that lasts a lifetime."
–Luke Cissell

  • New York Philharmonic, Teaching Artist Associate for Very Young   Composers
  • Recording artist
  • B.A. Princeton University

"Michael Davis is an ideal violin teacher.  His calm and compassionate manner allows his students to develop their abilities, all within a supportive and nurturing studio environment.  As well as being a marvelous performer, Mr. Davis's superb strength of character serves as a model for his students, both in music and in life."
–Valerie Prebys Arsenault

  • Tallahassee Bach Parley, President & Music Director
  • Florida State University, Director of Baroque Ensemble
  • Tallahassee Symphony
  • Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
  • BM, New England Conservatory
  • MM, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • DM, Florida State University

"During my senior year, I won the concerto competition at my performing arts high school, and was accepted at 5 colleges for violin performance.  Preparing for successful auditions was possible because of Mr. Davis’ steadfast support, encouragement, and instruction. Even during times of self-doubt, he continued to inspire and give me the musical and technical tools to succeed. This was the best possible musical learning environment I could have hoped for.  I’m proud to say I was a student of Michael Davis!"
–Alice Culin-Ellison

  • University of Michigan BM ’09
  • Indiana University MM in Baroque Violin ’12
  • Case Western Reserve University DMA in Baroque Violin candidate (’18).

Free Initial Consultation. Lessons start at $88.00 per hour

Call 970-222-2853