Dixboro Guitar Lessons

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  • Trevor D.

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    Mike has a background as an English teacher and Solo Musician. Both of these elevate the overall experience at Dixboro Guitar Lessons. We not only practiced riffs and chords from the songs I wanted to play, but also had great conversations about musical theory. I feel that this two-sided approach of understanding what I was playing helped me improve each skill easier and faster. If you are ready to start the journey of learning guitar, go with Dixboro Guitar Lessons!

    Jul 12, 2016Verified
  • Linden T.

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    Mike is a really great teacher. He makes learning fun. You can tell that he loves music, and this joyful attitude makes a huge difference. He is patient too, and never makes me feel stupid when my brain freezes up and my fingers can't seem to do what I am asking of them. He knows about music theory and brings this knowledge to his lessons. I look forward to my lessons, and enjoy practicing the songs that we are working on.

    Jan 30, 2016

About this pro

I have 14 years of teaching experience working with all ages, and I have been playing guitar for 20+ years. My private guitar studio offers flexible schedules and bonus extras of video guides. I'm a state-certified teacher with a Master's in Education, and I have 8+ years of public school teaching and curriculum development experience. As a songwriter, I've released four CDs and conducted multiple tours, including playing the Ark in Ann Arbor; and I've guest lectured at local colleges' art programs. I use a song-based curriculum -- meaning, we will study songs you enjoy as the foundation of learning technique, music theory, and approach to guitar. I also implement best practice-teaching methods to help students find how they best learn, show students how to break down complicated strum patterns into smaller sections; and help students develop a personal practice routine that work! My education training comes through in my teaching. I use a variety of scaffolding and approaches from Gardner's Multiple Intelligences to teaching guitar. I also show students organizational strategies!

Years in business

4

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Number of employees

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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      Private Lessons (updated!) Reserve a month of lessons (one a week): 30 minute lessons for a month is $125 60 minute lessons for a month is $225. If the month has an extra week, you get that lesson at no additional cost! If you have to miss your scheduled lesson, you can get a make-up lesson that must be made up that month. I have flexibility in my teaching schedule, and Saturday mornings open when I'm not on tour. Pay as you go lesson rates: 30 mins: $50 per lesson 60 mins: $70 per lesson I do a very limited number of home lesson visits in Washtenaw County, Canton, Plymouth, or Brighton. Home visit lessons must be scheduled for an hour, and are $100 a lesson. Payment for a month of lessons is collected on the first lesson of the month. I accept cash, check, Paypal, or credit card (via Square). I charge a 3% fee for credit card transitions.
    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      I offer a free trial lesson at my studio. During a free trial lesson, beginning students will learn how to correctly hold, strum, and fret a guitar. We will immediately work on recognizable, fun guitar riffs and strum patterns that are perfect for beginning students. More advanced students will get a consultation to discuss goals and current abilities. Call and schedule a visit! Students may borrow one of my guitars during a free trial lesson. I also own a smaller scale Fender guitar perfect for younger students. Students should have their own guitar after a few weeks of study. I have a guitar buying guides that I share to help students find the right, affordable instrument, too!
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      Bachelors in Education, English & History (with extra classes in music) - Western Michigan University Masters in Education & Technology - NOVA Southeastern University I've taken additional private study of guitar and music theory with Ken Andreoni and Trish Mroz (Dearborn Big Band's guitarist). I've also studied voice with Kate Hart (Grammy nominated singer) and Dr. Linda Venable.
    Coverage Area for Dixboro Guitar Lessons is about 30+ miles of Ann Arbor, MI.