Michael is currently the Professor of Saxophone at San José State University where he maintains a studio of graduate and undergraduate students. He conducts the San José State Saxophone Orchestra, who in 2016 was invited to play for the 2016 Tech Awards in San Jose. Michael also coaches chamber ensembles, teaches Music Appreciation and is the Faculty Advisor for the student run chapter of MTNA at SJSU. Hernandez has been on the Faculty of the following institutions:
In addition to saxophone masterclasses, Hernandez has given frequent seminars at Universities, and Music Festivals on the following topics:
The Art of Education
Music Entrepreneurship – How to make a living with a music degree!
Starting a Private Studio – Building a studio from the ground up
Saxophone Specific Topics:
Tone Painting – An exploration in tone color and imagination
Top Tones Revisited – Striving for the Highest Good
Planting Seeds – Working with Intention
Getting Back To Our Roots – Playing with Orchestras
Study with Michael
Hernandez also maintains a private studio of exceptional young musicians. Michael’s students frequently place first chair in Arizona and California All State, All County, West Vally, Northern California, Greater Phoenix, and Regional Honor Bands. Currently Michael’s students are principal saxophonists in both California Youth Symphony and Phoenix Youth Symphony. For information on auditioning into Michael’s Studio please fill out the contact form.
Michael is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Florida State University, his dissertation topic examines Anthroposophy and its affects on Music Education. Michael was a Waldorf Music Teacher in AZ and CA for a number of years. He was the Music Dept. Chair for the Desert Marigold School in Phoenix where he played a key role in developing the instrumental music program. He has also taught several blocks of “History Through Music” in Waldorf High Schools in AZ and CA.
Michael’s study of Anthroposophy and the writings of Rudolf Steiner began when he was an undergraduate student at SUNY Fredonia. While participating in a Raschér Saxophone Summer Course in West Virginia he attended a music education seminar given by Bruce Weinberger, tenor saxophonist and former Waldorf Music Teacher, This seminar had a profound effect on Michael. The way in which Weinberger described the education of the child was remarkable. Upon returning home Michael was determined to find out as much as he could about “Rudolf Steiner” who was only mentioned in passing by Weinberger. Michael continues this tradition at Mana Saxophone Institutes in his pedagogical lectures, laying out a detailed method of saxophone education and its effects when viewed in the light of Anthroposophy. Hernandez has lectured on the following topics at Steiner Schools and other Anthroposophical communities:
Parent Night Topics:
The Four Temperaments – Choosing an Instrument for your Child
Music Through the Grades
Connecting with the Breath- Why Wind Instruments?
Hearing and Seeing – Who is this Child?
The Art of Creating a Private Lesson
The Importance of Private Music Instruction
Recorder Refresher Course
Introducing Music Literacy to Class 3
Michael is happy to provide accompaniment for Eurythmy performances, showcasing repertoire that corresponds with Tone Eurythmy Forms developed by Steiner. (Numbers are as indicated in “Eurythmy Forms for Tone Eurythmy” by Rudolf Steiner) Arrangements are made possible by Sigurd Raschèr as well as M. Hernandez.
1. Musette, D major
2. Menuett D minor
3. Bist du bei Mir Eb major
7. Gavotte, G major
15. Bourée I & II C major
17. Air BWV 1068
18. Gavotte I BWV 1068
20. Sarabande from Suite No. 2
68. Allegretto ben moderato- C. Franck
78. Vöglein – Grieg
79. Eroticon- Grieg
85. Largo HWV 370 – Handel
93. Prelude No. 5- Kreisler
107. Ave Verum – Mozart