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Mike J.

Teaching Guitar, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone, Tuba, Music Theory

Seattle, WA (98107)

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I received my degree from the University of Redlands in Performance studies on the Trombone and Guitar. I was also a grant recipient winner for a chance to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK. At the academy, I studied with Denis Wick, former Principal Trombonist of the London Philharmonic, as well as Ian Bousfield, Principal Trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic.

As a guitarist, I have been in numerous groups in many varieties of styles - from singer/songwriter, to blues, to straight ahead jazz, to classic rock, to alternative rock, and to metal. I also play and sing in a Seattle band.

My approach to teaching is a fusion between the worlds perfect American big sound, with the style and finesse emphasis on European approach.

That being said, it all starts with the basics of learning how to practice - keeping it efficient, smart, and most of all, fun; learning style - being able to become accustomed to any genre, whether playing orchestral, jazz, rock, or even marching band; and finally, learning how to perform - getting over nerves is never easy! But I have a few tricks that help.

I'm currently a new resident to the area and I am looking to share my knowledge to as many people as I can! I'm here as a resource, and I would love to help you.

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Mike’s subjects

Ear Training, General Music, Guitar, Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Songwriting, Trombone

Ear Training

I earned a Bachelor of Music and was required to pass 2 years of ear training, which I accomplished and loved.


I have been teaching guitar for many years, and am degreed with a Bachelor of Music in performance.

Music History

I've taken many music history classes through the Bachelors of Music degree - this includes the following: American Music History, Western Music History, 3 Non-Western Music History (Asian Music, African Music, and Jazz History), History of Pop Music, and Ethnomusicology.

Sight Singing

I earned a Bachelor of Music - required to pass 2 years (4 semesters) of sight singing, which I accomplished and loved. I teach three ways: Kodaly Method of Solfege (with hand signs), in Absolute Pitch, and by numerical scale degree.


I earned my Bachelor of Music in performance for the trombone. I also play in various professional symphonies in the Seattle area.

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University of Redlands

Excellent child tutor He definitely knows how to teach children notes on the guitar. His pace is just right and slows down when he sees that the kid has trouble. Would highly recommend him as a tutor! ...

— Jennifer from Seattle, WA on 10/21/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 30 miles of Seattle, WA 98107.

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