Michael Laster
Michael Laster

Michael Laster

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Introduction: 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. I love answering questions as to why certain things work musically and others don't, and seeing light bulbs go off in the student's mind once they reach a personal breakthrough.

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5 years in business

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Madeline l.

Guitar Lessons

I’m 25, work fulltime, and have some extremely rusty background in music and a few years of self-taught guitar experience. I reached out to Mike for lessons because I wanted some real guidance and structure to lean in to my playing a bit more. Mike has been so flexible with scheduling around my work, brings thoughtful materials to each lesson and has been focusing on styles and artists that match my goals. My practicing has been so much more productive and skill-focused, and I’m a more confident player in just a few months- wish I started with Mike years ago!
Sep 17, 2021
Sam Z.

Piano Lessons

Mike is an awesome and talented instructor to work with. Very knowledgeable, makes learning fun, and is very patient. He took time to learn and prepare certain pieces I was interested before meeting me. I would highly recommend him!
Jun 28, 2021
Nisha P.

Guitar Lessons

Michael gave me an introductory lesson to guitar. He was patient and brought handouts for me as part of his lesson plan. Together, we discussed how I could achieve my goals and play the songs that I want to learn. I’m confident that I can learn how to play under his guidance and direction. Thanks Michael!
Sep 3, 2019
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
Larisa C.

Michael is super charismatic, young and knowledgeable teacher. He makes teaching fun and my two boys ( 9 and 12) absolutely adore him. Michael plays multiple instruments, works extra hard to accommodate your schedule and is always on time. Highly recommend!!! Larisa, Max, Nicolas from UES NYC
Jul 29, 2021
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Michael Laster


  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    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 thoroughly preparing 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, and have been playing guitar since middle school.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    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.

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