Michelle received her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied with Howard Karp and Christopher Taylor. While on faculty at Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus, she maintained active piano studios at both the University and the EMU Community Music School. She served as choral conductor to the University Choir and musical conductor. Upon moving back the United States, Michelle has advanced her teaching and adjudicating profile though numerous MTNA, Federation, and Guild events throughout the Kansas City area.
In 2012, Michelle joined the Benedictine College Music Department as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She enjoys teaching applied piano, recreational piano class and functional keyboard skills.
As owner of Rautmann Studio of Music in downtown St. Joseph, MO, Michelle remains an active advocate and supporter of community arts events. She is President of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers association and MMTA District Chair, where she continues to seek out opportunities for area music teachers and students to advance their professional endeavors. She is often invited as a guest lecturer in music studio ownership and entrepreneurship. And in 2018 was the inaugural Phil Welch Stadium organist for the St. Joseph Mustangs Baseball club.