Hello! I have been teaching private guitar and bass lessons to students of all ages and abilities for 20 years. I also have taught music in public and private schools. My students receive instruction about what they "need to know" as well as what they "want to know". Striking a balance between these is my goal. Whether you need to nail that solo for your garage band or master an audition piece for college, I can help you achieve your musical goals.
I enjoy private teaching because I get to customize the curriculum for every student. Each student improves at his or her own pace. Running our student concerts is a lot of fun for me too. Sometimes this is the only opportunity that a student gets to perform with others, and it's a thrill to see students enjoying making music together. We've had some amazing performances over the years!
My son has been taking guitar with Mike for over 3 yrs and it has been a great experience. Mike teaches at their speed, and ensures they master the basics before moving on to challenges which may cause frustration. I am very happy with his lesson services for my son.
Mike is a fantastic teacher. I took lessons from him for about 4 years and I learned so much. He tailored each lesson to my goals and I enjoyed every second of it. I'm currently studying contemporary music and songwriting at a college in Nashville, TN and Mike was a great help whil I prepared for my auditions. Not only did he help me with the songs I had to prepare but also taught me Music Theory and Eartraining which have put me ahead of the game when I entered school this past fall. I would recommend him to anyone.
I have been with Mike for the past 6 years since I was in elementary school and have enjoyed learning to play guitar and read music. Apart from teaching guitar he has exposed me to variety of music styles and has always been encouraging me to improve myself. He has been my favorite teacher because he was always willing to listen to my interests and tune his teachings accordingly.
I am an adult student. Mike is an uncommon guitar teacher in that he combines a very friendly and effective teaching style with real music educations. You can learn songs on the internet, but you need a real teacher to deliver the building blocks of melody, rhythm, scales, chords, and songs, and to teach you the language of music. One of the great joys of music is to play with other musicians. Mike can give you the tools to do this. Added bonus: Student Concerts! They are a blast!
Prior to the first lesson, I try to get a sense of a student's previous musical experience. I encourage students to bring materials from any previous lessons. In our first lesson we will decide on short and long term goals.
I have a bachelor of music degree in performance from UMass Lowell, and post baccalaureate certification in music education from Bridgewater State University which allowed me to become licensed to teach music in Massachusetts public schools.
I charge $25 per half hour lesson per week. Students forfeit lessons that are cancelled same-day; all other missed lessons can be made up at a mutually convenient time.
I started teaching privately after graduating from college. It was a building process, but within a couple of years my schedule was full.
I have worked with students from ages 7 to 80. Some of my students have gone on to major in music in college and become professional musicians. I have worked with students on the autism spectrum. I have a lot of experience teaching adults.
I had an adult student who was terrified of performing in front of an audience. With encouragement she agreed to play at our student concert. She played very well and is now asking when the next concert will be!
I would encourage students to be wary of who they hire to teach them. Many guitar and bass instructors teach only by the "riff a week" method, thinking that will make the student happy. It might, for a little while. Typically though, those types of "teaching" methods don't get students any closer to understanding music or their instruments. It's helpful to take lessons with someone who either has a lot of private teaching experience and/or music education background. Many instructors can play very well but have no idea about how to structure their lessons.
Students should consider why they want to take lessons. Sometimes this can be difficult to articulate. Being honest with the potential teacher will help the teacher structure the lessons appropriately.