Michael Laster

Michael Laster

5.0 (15)
2 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

Taking a collaborative approach, I steer lessons towards whatever the student's musical goals are while moving at a pace that's comfortable. I create learning resources for my students, (tablature, leadsheets, visual examples of theory etc.) in addition to learning their preferred songs during my free time, so no part of the lesson is wasted.

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New York, NY 10021
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15 Reviews


  • Nick V.

    Do you think all guitar teachers are the same? Well think again. Mike Laster is a one in a million find. He makes learning the guitar easy, fun, and enjoyable. Learning something is all about the process and the experience of learning. Mike's knowledge of the guitar, his passion for music in general, and his easy going manner, make for a learning experience you just won't find elsewhere with any other guitar teacher. If you really want to learn how to play the guitar then hire Mike immediately. Your search is done. I learned how to play from Mike (I started as a complete and total beginner - someone who couldn't even make a note) in the matter of a few short weeks. Aug 20, 2016

  • Maria V.

    Mike helped me a great deal through my Music Theory, Composition, and Music History studies. He was the best student in our class, with a remarkable knowledge and passion for every subject, which he combined with meticulous hard work. He always found a way of making me understand what I had not been able to in class, and always tried to bring out the answers from me, other than just telling me what to do. He motivated me to think, and encouraged me to work hard. He was always available, eager to help, and provided extremely constructive criticism when he had to. Our very best professors would listen to all of his comments with interest and respect, since he always found his particular angle and take on the material. I could not think of a better, more devoted, and passionate Music teacher. Aug 24, 2016

  • Arkadi Y.

    Piano Lessons (for adults) Mike is a great piano teacher. His approach combines immediately starting with familiar chord progressions with deeper dives into the underlying musical theory. After 4 lessons I already feel more confident sitting in front of the piano. Sep 30, 2016

  • Zarah M.

    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers) Micheal is teaching my kids to play the guitar. His approach of teaching them by getting down to their level is amazing. My kids love learning from him and look forward to his lessons every week. Hiring him to teach my kids was the best decision I made. Sep 30, 2016

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

First I figure out what their needs and goals are as a musician in order to customize the lessons to fit their learning style and desired outcomes. Then I take one lesson at a time, moving at their pace, while doing the proper preparation for each lesson beforehand, to make sure none of their time is wasted. If the student is patient with themselves, progress is guaranteed.

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

BA in Music, Magna Cum Laude.

How did you get started teaching?

I was recommended by several professors in college to help out fellow classmates struggling with theory. I have also given guitar lessons to friends throughout the years, so I have a wide range of experience with different learning styles.

What types of students have you worked with?

Children, adults, fast learners, slow learners, those who learn best through theory, those who learn best by ear, those who learn best by visuals, students with clean apartments, students with messy apartments, etc... teaching is enjoyable for me, regardless of the level of the student, as long as they're genuinely interested in learning.

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

Look for a teacher who has a reputable website, with links to audio of their playing.

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

Would you rather travel to the teacher, or the teacher travel to you? If you would like to meet first in a public area such as a Starbucks, let the teacher know, they should be happy to accommodate this request.