Arthur J. Michaels earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music and a master of arts degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.

He has taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in New York and in New Jersey.

Several of his concert band and string orchestra works have won contest awards and were selected in competition for performances.

His published works include music for choruses, concert band, string orchestra, and instrumental ensembles.

He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Music Educators Association, and ASCAP.