Michael’s love for music began at six years old, when he started piano lessons. He studied classical, jazz, and popular piano styles for twelve years. Even as an adolescent he achieved numerous musical awards. In high school, Michael supplemented his piano lessons by taking courses in harmony, theory, and counterpoint. These studies helped to develop his musical knowledge, and further heighten his interest and dedication to music.
Continuing his musical studies Michael attended California State University, focusing on composition, harmony and orchestration. He performed in several professional bands while in school and taught piano privately. Upon completing his college studies he toured the US and Canada with a nine piece show band called “Fancy Colours.”
The Ocean State Pops Orchestra
Michael has arranged many album projects, composed original soundtracks for films, as well as produced commercials for radio and television for more than twenty years. His advertising credits include: Doritos, Off Track Bedding, Arlington RV Supercenter, and Johnson & Wales University, to name a few.
His original composition “Schizophrenia is Better Than Living Alone”, received both local and national airplay on WHJY and the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento show. Michael’s original songs “I Won’t Be Hangin’ With the Guys Again”, “Suite for Piano and String Quartet”, and “Old New England” were licensed and used in the soundtrack of the film “The Package”. His other composition “Prelude in E Minor” was recently used in the film “In Passing”.
Michael’s most recent publication “Teach Yourself to Play Blues & Boogie Piano”, Published by Hal Leonard, was internationally released in November 2017. Michael also has two nationally released publications. “Creative Jazz Piano Arranging”, and a string quartet version of the all time classic hit song “Over the Rainbow”, both published by Santorella Publications.
Michael has been the resident composer/arranger for the Ocean State Pops Orchestra for the past two years. His original scores “Passage of Time”, “The Battlefield”, and the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, as well as several other original compositions have been performed by the orchestra.
I love teaching and injecting students with the same passion for music that I felt as a child. Michael Tarro