Brian Lee Bauer, MT-BC
Saint Louis, MO
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Brian Lee Bauer, MT-BC

Brian Lee B.

Saint Louis, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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About Brian Lee B.

LEARN TO PLAY: banjo or ukulele from a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN with over 35+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in music performance and instruction.

I am also a Board Certified Music Therapist from Maryville University with an additional Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I founded Mimic Music based in St. Louis in 2017.

I am qualified to and PASSIONATE ABOUT about helping YOU discover, meet, and exceed your musical goals.

I cater to ALL AGES AND ABILITIES and have been teaching ONLINE since 2012.

I invite you to read my reviews.

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15 Reviews
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Over 5 lessons in and Brian has proven to be knowledgeable, capable, and highly interested in helping me improve. He quickly zeroed in on my interests and puts effort into teaching the songs I like and styles I find fun. Every session feels streamlined and informative, leaving me excited to practice what I learned each time. My expectations have been greatly exceeded.

Posted Apr 16, 2021
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I love learning to play the ukulele! Brian is an excellent teacher. As I have a background in piano and some violin, Brian has helped me to integrate what I remember and apply it to the ukulele. He is friendly, interested, and patient. Most of all, he makes learning to play the ukulele fun! I highly recommend him for beginners on up!

Posted Mar 4, 2021
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Brian is fantastic. He quickly got a sense of where I am and customized our lessons just for me. Super knowledgeable, helpful and friendly!

Posted Feb 25, 2021
Mike G.
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Second lesson - good motivator! Thanks!

Posted Jan 11, 2021
Mike G.
Profile-location-online Online

Great first lesson!

Posted Jan 4, 2021
Matthew J.
Profile-location-online Online

Just finished up my first lesson with Brian. I'm an adult picking up the banjo for the first time. Brian was curious about where I wanted to go with the instrument; he was incredibly encouraging; he was patient, too. It's clear Brian loves the music, too, and his enthusiasm for teaching was clear. I'm looking forward to learning more in the months and years ahead.

Posted Dec 21, 2020
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Brian is a great instructor. Perfect mix of easy going and knowledgeable. Im really happy with my progress and I'm feeling confident that I'm on the right path. If you want to learn but you're on the fence about taking lessons, make the move. Also the online format is working well, I was worried about that but pleasantly surprised.


Posted Nov 24, 2020
Robert K.
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Posted Aug 19, 2020
Don C.
Profile-location-online Online

He was very encouraging and didn’t rush me at all.
This was only my first lesson, but I feel good about my future as a banjo player.

Posted May 18, 2020
Michael O.
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is very knowledgeable about the banjo, music theory, and technique. Most importantly, Brian’s approach is customized the skills, objectives, and interests of the student. Brian effectively uses the online platform to facilitate the lesson. All-in-all, a great instructor!

Posted May 8, 2020
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My 7 year old LOVED his first lesson. He's very excited for next weeks! Thanks Brian!

Posted Apr 27, 2020
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Posted Oct 7, 2019
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If I could give Brian 10 stars, I would. He is enthusiastic, present, supportive and highly knowledgeable. Learning instruments has always been a challenge for me , but Brian makes being a banjo beginner an absolute joy. I look forward to practicing every day, and can really hear my progress - which amazes me because it's only been just over a month. I can see myself working with Brian for the long haul. He puts me at ease, and always gives great responsive tips that improve my playing immediately. I feel SO lucky to have stumbled across his profile.

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Melissa T.
Profile-location-online Online

I look forward to working with Brian. He's easy going, funny and patient, but very knowledgable and goal focused.

Posted Sep 27, 2019
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Brian is a very patient and knowledgeable musician. He can work with and teach a person at any age and/or skill level. I've made so much progress on the banjo in a pretty short amount of time, and could not have done so without a teacher. He charges great prices and the lessons and material are worth every penny!

Posted Mar 22, 2019

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Music Therapy Intern
Sep 2017 - Sep 2018

Barnes Jewish Psychiatric Support Center

Music Instructor
Nov 2016 - May 2018

Fazio's Frets and Friends

Activities Specialist
Apr 2014 - Apr 2016

Parc Provence Memory Care Community


Music Therapy
Jan 2013 - Dec 2018

Maryville University

Bachelor's of Psychology
Aug 1996 - Jan 2012

University of Missouri - St. Louis



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Therapy
Mar 2020

Maryville University

Crisis Prevention Intervention
Apr 2018

Barnes Jewish Hospital

Jun 2016

Respond Right, LLC

First Aid
Jun 2016

Respond Right, LLC


Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship
Apr 1996

State of Missouri

Eagle Scout
Mar 1996

Boy Scouts of America


American Music Therapy Association
Jan 2019
AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.
Music Teachers National Association
May 2015
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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