Mike has been teaching music for 30 years, wherein he has taught beginners to professionals, from as young as five to a seasoned 93. He caters each lesson plan to the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of the student, all with the thought of achieving the student’s personal goals. Mike has performed in a wide range of groups, from intimate duos, ensembles, big bands, and musical theater pit orchestras.
Mike has studied with the following, who he proudly says have guided his thoughts and style when it comes to his own students.
Joe Diorio, Jazz Recording Artist / Author / Professor of Jazz Guitar at the University of Southern California and The Guitar Institute of Technology (which included six years of ongoing weekly Master Classes.)
Tony Lombardozzi, Jazz Recording Artist / Professor of Jazz Guitar Studies at Weslyan University
Dave Santoro, Professor of Jazz Bass at Berkeley College of Music