The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

Music Program

Honoring wonder, fostering friendships, building understanding!

Pathfinder works with the Traverse Symphony to provide musical education all summer long.   These activities are open to students of all ages and all skill levels. In 2014, local musician and frequent Pathfinder guest teacher, Mr. Michael Erwin will offer two sessions of summer string camps at the Pathfinder School! These morning day camps which have been scheduled NOT to conflict with the Pathfinder Summer Camp.

Pathfinder Summer Strings Session I         
June 16-20 | 9:00-11:30 am

Pathfinder Summer Strings Session II                   
August 11–15 | 9:00-11:30 am


Tuition: $125 per week


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In addition to the camps, Mr. Erwin is available to teach individual private lessons on violin, viola, cello and bass. Students who take private lessons generally become more motivated to practice and enthused about playing. Private lessons provide important one-on-one instruction that can not be duplicated in a large class experience. 

Playing a stringed instrument is NOT like riding a bike; good instrumental technique is challenging to acquire and retain! Taking the summer off from playing an instrument is not recommended, especially for beginners. A thoughtful and organized approach to string instruction is the best way to go.

Lesson times with Mr. Erwin can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Although he lives in Buckley, Mr. Erwin is available to teach at the Pathfinder School or his home studio, whatever is most convenient.  You can contact Michael Erwin at Home (231)735-9962, (Cell) 409-0904 or



BIO - Michael Erwin

Michael Erwin received his Bachelors of Music Degree from the University of Texas in cello performance, with a minor in double bass and his Masters of Music in cello performance from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. He was an Orchestral Director for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools at all levels for 18 years. He has been a frequent Clinician in Miami-Dade and Lee Counties in Florida as well as a Clinician in the Traverse City Schools. He is currently a guest teacher in the Traverse City area including The Pathfinder School.

Michael performed with many orchestras in Florida including the Naples Philharmonic and the Southwest Florida Symphony before moving permanently to the Grand Traverse area in 2013. Since moving to the Grand Traverse area, Michael has performed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Jazz Big Band at Northwestern Michigan College. He is currently a finalist for the Music Director position with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra