Music Bio for Micahl CraigPlaying music started for me when I was around 13 years old. I started inquiring and asking my uncle, a jazz musician of many instruments like guitar, saxophone, and clarinet, about starting to play an instrument. Next thing I knew he got me a guitar set up and started teaching me about music, artists, and improvisation by using my ear. This played a huge influence on my style pushing me to seek out music theory to help progress my abilities to play with others and to understand songs. Most of what I learned was self-taught through various books and jamming with others. I formed my own band in Houston and soon gained more experience recording and playing at local venues such as Fitzgeralds, Warehouse Live, etc. During this time I also gained experience stepping in as a session guitar player for other bands for live shows they had booked. This also allowed me to travel and play more shows with more musicians at bigger events such as the Cornerstone Festival. After spending that time as primarily a rock/metal guitarist, I spent a good deal of time learning classical finger style. This allowed me to book several wedding gigs and play in a new setting with a new skill set. Through all these experiences I have taught one on one guitar lessons for the past ten years to students of all ages. I try to give the students a basic knowledge of how music theory works while customizing a lesson plan to fit their desires as a player and songs they wish to learn. I have also worked in music retail management for the past six years and have taught several group lessons for entry-level guitar, bass, and ukulele students. So not only can I teach music to my students, but I can also help them on their musical journey with an extensive knowledge of gear for a studio/production or live settings. I am currently a student at Berklee Collage of Music online going for my Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies for guitar. This continues to shape my lesson plans helping me grow as a student and inevitably a teacher. Out of all the outlets for music I have experienced, teaching is the most fun and the most beneficial for me. This is due to the fact that I believe sharing music with others only gives me more music to listen to in the future. I truly believe that all my students have taught me something and that the learning experience is mutual as we go through learning the classics to current pop and everything in between!