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Immensely enjoying my guitar journey with Mike! Have been playing on and off for about 12 years now, and never really found my way to really be able to take my guitar playing where I really want to, learning a lick or tune here and there. But with Mike, he has definitely shown me a path that I feel is already paying dividends, he teaches you how to UNDERSTAND the music, not just how to play licks and riffs, which is what I have been looking for all these years! Mike is extremely knowledgeable in his craft, any question you have he is able to explain in a way that is very understandable and inspiring at the same time. He also is extremely responsive even if I have a quick question about gear or something else. I am very thankful to have Mike as my mentor in my mission to finally become not just a decent guitar player, but a well rounded MUSICIAN. If you really want to learn guitar and not just how to play a song, Mike is your guy!Apr 16, 2020VerifiedMike Strausbaugh's reply
Jay, SO happy to be of service! You've really embraced the idea of 'journey' vs. 'destination,' which means a lifelong enjoyment of growth as a musician, and not just playing shapes, scales, and songs. Happy to be working with you!
Mike is a top notch teacher, and connects well with students. His expertise shines as he is able to meet his students wherever they may be on their musical learning journeyOct 16, 2019Verified
In the brief time i've spent with Mike, he revealed a dedicated craftsmanship of his abilities and education as a music professional. He's knowledgeable, courteous, encouraging, and understanding/flexible. If you're looking for someone who understands the pedagogy of guitar on a professional level, Mike is your guy.Aug 13, 2018Verified
Unfortunately, it wasn't the right time for me to dedicate my time to learning guitar; however, the few sessions that I spent with Mike were AWESOME! He was very enthusiastic and attentive - it's very obvious that Mike cares about his students' performance. He assigned relatable, enjoyable, homework and was always available for questions. Highly recommend!Feb 21, 2018Verified
Learning anything new sucks; and sitting through lessons, is worse. I look forward to my weekly lesson with Mike. He is very relaxed, and extremely patient, has a good sense of humor, and is quickly able to find a work around for big hands and, fat fingers.Jun 14, 2017Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?$80/hour-long lessons via Zoom, FaceTime, etc.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?By definition, every first lesson is unique. Why? Because YOU, my friend, have a unique set of skills, interests, and a unique way of learning. So, like that first visit to your primary care doctor, I learn about you so I build an understanding on how to guide you.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Master of Music - Classical Guitar, Master of Music - Composition, Master of Music - Jazz Studies, Metro State Denver faculty (2019-2020), Bachelor of Arts - Classical Guitar Live performance, from local dives to DU's Newman Center and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis