Michael Malis-Piano & Music Theory

Michael Malis is DIME’s piano prodigy and instructor. When Michael isn’t in the classroom and educating future pianists, he’s behind his own keyboard, composing and performing around the globe. At the University of Michigan, Malis double-majored in English and Jazz Studies, then went on to Wayne State to earn his Master of Music degree in Composition and Theory. Throughout his academic career, he racked up more academic honors, awards, and scholarships than there are keys on a baby grand; such accolades include Wayne State’s Rumble Fellowship, the Dumesnil Scholarship, and a series of honors and distinctions from the University of Michigan. He has performed in Croatia, Japan, and in major cities across the United States and Canada, often with his group: the Michael Malis Trio. Bands and orchestras around the world have played his compositions, and he has released several albums under Polyfold Records, a music collective he co-founded. Malis is equally at home on the stage of the Detroit Jazz Festival or in front of a classroom, working with pianists of all ages and skill levels. At the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Malis developed new curriculum to teach elementary and middle school children about jazz. He’s taught at the University Music Society in Ann Arbor and the Detroit-based non-profit organization Living Arts. Whether you’re still learning how to navigate the piano from Middle C or you’re already using the piano to create innovative compositions, Michael Malis helps students find the right keys for success.