Mike Askew School Of Music

Mike Askew School Of Music

4.9 (13)
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About this pro

Teacher has 50 years of professional performances and teaching. Air Force Band Washington, D.C. TV, concerts, recording, and more.

I use modern technology and old school methods to get just the right results. All students excel, but ast their own rate. They stay, the will increase practice as they get better. The must have fun to continue. That means the teacher and parent has to be very patient.

This is my life's persuit. I currently play and run a Big Band with very outstanding musicians. at gigmasters see Call The Cousins.

Also at the dot com mikeaskew 

I not only mold musicians, but I help in the raising of the child. It's a village that helps the child grow. I reflect normal ideas that you will believe in, and reinforce with them.

My 50 years of experiece is based on starting at 13. Now i realize that i was not very good then, but i knew then that i wanted to teach. 

As an athlete in High School though i started in all three sports, I wanted to coach. 

In the Air Force my job was to play guitar, bass, and sing. That was my job. Piano came along around 25 years ago,.

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San Mateo, CA 94401
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13 Reviews


  • Michelle Ma

    Both of our children (6 and 8) take piano lessons with Mike. He’s a very talented musician and also incredibly patient with kids. He makes special effort to make the lessons interesting and fun for young kids. He not only teach them music skills, but also emotional skills and attitude that are important for their leaning success. Our kids love teacher Mike, and so do we!

  • Yvette Fantham

    I like the program Mike Askew uses to help his students with their practice. He works well with young students. He's patient and encourages them to do their best.

  • Akansha

    Mr. Mike has been teaching my son from the past 2 years. I like the fact that he is very patient and very professional.

  • Carol Heald

    Mike is a fine musician, convivial, accommodating and a delight with whom to interact. I will gladly take calls, or emails one on one, as requested.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students call to interview. One lesson commitment. Then you can decide. Lesson is not free, but again, you only commit to one lesson to make up your mind.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A lifelong professional player. From 6 nights a week in High School, playing in lounges, to the Air Force Band - Age 17. On and on, never stopping. 20 years after the Air Force in cover bands, now called Tribute Bands. Studying music theory was a must and also a joy from the beginning. I've performed at the White House, Constitution Hall, and even the recording studio for Ed Green, Los Angeles.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are by the HALF HOUR AT $40. 

Beginners all take 30 minute lessons - $40.

All advanced students take 60 minute lessons - $80.

Everyone fits in one of the two categories.  

How did you get started teaching?

Paul Ryberg, a former Army musician convinced me without saying a word. He was my high school music theory teacher, vocal teacher, and gave me an independent theory class, on his hour off each day, along with Bill Jones and 2 others. Bill ended up playing with Elvis Costello. He was the drummer in the band i played in all thru High School, even the 6 night a week gig as seniors.