EDUCATION:   Master of Music – Music Performance (saxophone) | GPA – 3.89/4.0

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

Bachelor of Music – Music Performance (saxophone) | GPA – 3.94/4.00 – Summa Cum Laude

                        Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant, MI



Up and Running Software, Inc. – Ames, IA (telecommute)

Business Manager (October 2008 – present)

á       Manage accounting processes; coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure prompt processing, delivery, and receipt

á       Work with CEO to manage company-wide business (administrative, accounting, marketing, sales) operations

á       Serve as companyŐs administrative, non-technical point of contact for clients of all sizes, from startups to billion-dollar corporations

á       Produce and edit copy for internal (administrative) and external (marketing, sales) efforts

á       Manage distributed team; coordinate, assign, and monitor tasks

á       Work independently and collectively with internationally distributed coworkers in a virtual environment


Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
Instructor of Music (July 2011 – August 2016)

IAH 241A: Music of Western Europe and the United States since 1500; Office of Study Abroad course in Bregenz, Austria

á       Taught music appreciation course as part of month-long study abroad program emphasizing art and music; curriculum development, grading, administrative tasks, organizing and managing field excursions

á       Format included: classroom instruction, online components, and field excursions


Spring Arbor University – Spring Arbor, MI

Adjunct Professor (August 2009 – May 2010; August 2012 – May 2016)         

MUS 338: Instrumental Methods

MUS 314: History and Literature of Music, 1750 to present

MUS 313: History and Literature of Music to 1750

MUS 210 & 310: Applied Saxophone Lessons

MUS 152: Music Foundations

á       Taught multiple sections each semester of 2-45 students each; live instruction, development of curricula, grading, administrative tasks, office hours

á       Formats included: traditional classroom, independent study, adult education weekend course, online instruction


Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

Graduate Teaching Assistant (August 2006 – May 2009)

IAH 241A: African and African American Music

IAH 241A: Music and Culture in the Modern World

IAH 208: Music and Culture

á       Conducted weekly lecture and instruction for four separate recitation sections per semester; proctored exams; solely responsible for grading, organizing student work

MUS 211: History of Western Music to 1750

á       Graded, organized student work, managed attendance, and proctored exams (75 students); occasional classroom instruction


Sixth Star Entertainment – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Musician aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises M/S Seven Seas Navigator (February 2006 – July 2006)

á       Multiple daily performances including with a regular series of guest artists from Broadway and throughout the entertainment industry

á       Trained in emergency first aid and maritime safety


Self – East Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, and Muskegon, MI; Houston, TX; Buffalo, NY (current)

Freelance Saxophonist (September 2003 – present)

á       Organizer/leader and sideman for performances at myriad venues and functions, both public and private, as well as recording sessions

á       Professional ensembles performed with include West Michigan Symphony, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Big Band, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bijou Orchestra

á       Recordings as a leader (Borghi | Teager) have been featured on nationally syndicated programs Hearts of Space and Echoes

Saxophone Instructor (August 1999 – present)

á       Individual, group instruction and master classes at middle school, high school, and undergraduate levels

á       Students have received top ratings at area festivals, as well as placement in collegiate music programs

Writing Tutor (April 2007 – May 2009)

á       Assisted international MSU College of Music doctoral students in preparation for comprehensive written examination in music history

á       Reviewed and provided feedback on dissertations for international MSU College of Music doctoral students



MT-Headed Blog (http://mtheadedblog.com)

Administrator and writer (June 2009 – present)

Ľ Music-centric website with international readership. 200+ entries cover topics including performance, criticism, pedagogy, business, and reviews. Posts have been featured by PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Tord Gustavsen, Etymotic Research, Inc., University Musical Society, Yale University Art Gallery, Chicago Lyric Opera, The Wagnerian., and LansingŐs City Pulse.


East Lansing Info (https://eastlansinginfo.org)

Citizen-reporter contributing original reporting on the arts and city government in East Lansing, MI (July 2015 – June 2017)

á       Non-profit, citizen-run, nonpartisan cooperative of the people, by the people, and for the people of East Lansing, MI providing free local news

á       Produced copy and worked with editors to meet deadlines and align with the publicationŐs standards and mission

á       Attended and/or viewed recordings of city council meetings and work sessions; conducted research; conducted interviews of city officials, staff, and related subjects


ACTIVITIES:   Town of West Seneca Ethics Board, Chair (2020 – present)

West Elementary PTA, West Seneca Central School District (2020 – present)

West Seneca CitizensŐ Budget Advisory Group, Secretary (2020)

City of East Lansing Arts Commission, Vice Chair (2014 – 2016)

MSU College of Music Academic Integrity Committee (2008 – 2009)

            MSU Graduate Employees Union Stewards Council (2007 – 2008)

MSU College of Music Student Advisory Council (2006 – 2008)

                        MSU College of Music Graduate Committee (2006 – 2008)

MSU College of Music Hearing Board (2006 –2008)


AFFILIATIONS: American Federation of Musicians, Local 92 (2017 – present)

Norman Mailer Society (2016 – present)

College Music Society (2007 – present)

                        American Musicological Society (2007 – present)

                        Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society (2005 – present)

                        National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2002 – present)

                        North American Saxophone Alliance (2001 – present)


AWARDS:        Graduate Teaching Assistantship – Michigan State University (2006 – 2009)

                        Graduated Summa Cum Laude – Central Michigan University (2005)

                        Music Scholarship – Central Michigan University (2001 – 2005)

                        Robert Hayes Jazz Award – Central Michigan University (2005)

Outstanding Soloist – Elmhurst University Jazz Festival (2005)

Michigan Merit Award (2001 – 2002)


C.V.:                Website: https://michaelteager.com

Curriculum Vitae: https://michaelteager.com/bio/c-v/


REFERENCES:            Upon request