Michael's books for children's choir with simple Orff accompaniments are ideal for young church choirs. Michael's books for music classrooms always include a recorder component and are available here.
Contact Michael if you would like to invite him to present a workshop or lead an in-service training session for your teachers or students. Michael is an Orff certified recorder instructor and is available to teach the recorder component of your Orff course.
Michael Ruel Nichols lives in Sylva, North Carolina, where he directs church choirs, teaches as a adjunct faculty member for Western Carolina University's Music Department, is assistant director for the Western Carolina Community Chorus, and performs with The Cullowee Consort and the Carolina Consort, two early music ensembles.
A retired elementary music teacher with 30 years experience, Michael received his B.S. and M.M.E. degrees from WCU and has completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk training and many master classes at the University of Memphis. He presents weekend Orff workshops throughout the United States and provides recorder instruction for summer Orff courses.