Mike's Guitars & Lessons

Mike's Guitars & Lessons

5.0 (3)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
12 years in business

About this pro

My business has an excellent reputation. I am a patient, dedicated teacher and I will always do all I can for my students. I have a passion for music and teaching. I love sharing my knowledge and experience with my students and watching them grow as musicians. I am committed to helping my students become the best musicians they can be. You will not find another teacher who is as dedicated to their students as I am. I believe in giving something back to my students. I have the lowest rates in the area, and I offer discounts and incentives that other teachers don't offer. I look forward to the journey that I take with each student as I help them achieve their goals. I have worked hard over the years to develop a teaching system that I believe surpasses any other system or method out there. I see each student as an individual, and customize my lesson plans for each student. It is important to use the methods that work best for each student. If you are looking for a patient, dedicated teacher who will always be there for you, and will do everything he can to help you achieve your goals, then look no further, you have found him!

Honestly, I don't consider What I do as work. I am one of those people who is fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. What I love the most about teaching music is seeing a student's passion for music grow as they learn to play their guitar. I take great pride in being a teacher and seeing my students discover their own creativity and begin writing their own music. They are on a journey of discovering the music within themselves and their own creativity. And I am honored to be able to guide them through their journey.

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Credentials

Eldersburg, MD 21784
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • George Koch

    Mike is reliable, knowledgeable and flexible in scheduling. His rates are the most reasonable I’ve found. I have been taking lessons for over a year and I have improved quite a bit. Mikes strength is his knowledge of theory. My goal was to go beyond strumming and really understanding how music works and Mike is helping me get there. For beginners and intermediates that don’t know theory, I would definitely recommend Mike.

  • Robin DiMartino

    Mike relates well to his students. He inspires and gives incentives designed for each student. Mike also incorporates contemporary music instead of just notes or songs in isolation. He gives all his students the skill and motivation to write and perform their own songs. Mike is able to communicate to his broad knowledge of playing in order to teach not only skills, but many techniques that enable his students to perform with more ease and pleasure. Along with the reasonable cost and convenience of in-home lessons, Mike is a perfect option for our grandson to learn guitar.

  • George Koch

    Mike is a patient, no pressure teacher who is well-versed in the guitar as well as the nuts and bolts of music. I’ve gotten a lot from my lessons and feel with his help I can raise both my knowledge and skill level.



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FAQs


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

The first lesson is an opportunity to get to know my students, what kind of music they like, and why they want to learn guitar. I also want to listen to the student play, even if they haven't had any formal lessons. And of course it is a way for the students and parents to get to know me, and decide if I am the right teacher for them.


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

I studied under a jazz major who was an incredible musician and teacher. She instilled in me an encyclopedic knowledge of music theory. Since completing my first 2 years of lessons, I continued to learn on my own. I believe that in order to be the best you can be, you must continue to learn. I have now been playing for 20 years, but I have never stopped learning.


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

I offer 1 hour In Home Lessons as well as Live Video Lessons. The rate is $40 per hour for Carroll County residents, $45 per hour elsewhere. I also have monthly discounts and a rewards program that lets students earn free lessons.


How did you get started teaching?

After playing for more than 10 years, I decided that I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. I already had some teaching experience (different subject), and just decided that teaching music was something I wanted to do.


What types of students have you worked with?

I will teach anyone who wants to learn. I have worked with students from 7 to 78 years of age. I teach a lot of beginners, but I also work with experienced musicians. With my vast knowledge of music theory, I can help anyone become a better musician.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently had a young student, about 11 years old, who wrote his first song. He was really happy about writing his first song. And I know he was proud of what he had accomplished. I was very proud of him too. This is what makes learning an instrument so great for kids. As they continue to improve as a musician, they start to discover their own creativity and begin to play and write songs that they didn't think they could. And these kind of accomplishments really help to build confidence and self esteem. To me, that is what music is all about. It gives you a positive and constructive activity that  helps you discover your own creativity and be able to express yourself through music.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher with experience and a true passion for music and teaching. Look for someone who shares your musical interests and has a knowledge of music history.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Are you passionate about music? Why do you want to learn guitar? Are you willing to make the commitment to the learning process? Do you have the dedication to practice every day?