Michael May

Michael M.

Saint Paul, MN
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all aspects of guitar playing. Improvisation, theory, technique, ear training, songwriting, reading and basic music notation. My lessons are designed to fit the needs of each individual student. I will begin with an evaluation to see where you are at and what your goals are

About Michael M.

Michael May has been teaching private lessons since 1997 and is currently available to teach lessons online. Michael has helped students achieve their goals , have a greater understanding of music and keep it fun and interesting.

Michael received his training at Wayne State University in 1997 where he received a Bachelors degree in Music. As an expert in his field, Michael looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Michael's teaching style is designed for each student individually, is efficient and achieves results.

** Online ***
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*** Specialties ***
Guitar: beg to adv. Classic Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz and Music Theory.


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6 Reviews
Jeremy J.

Outstanding Teacher

I came to Mike with 25 years of playing experience and was expecting to grind through theory like I've done with past instructors. We jammed for a couple of minutes at our first lesson and he took it in a totally different direction, which has been amazing!!! He is so incredibly tuned in to what each individual student needs that he knew what I needed way before I figured it out. I love his approach to playing, which for an advanced player, focuses on getting ideas from your head to your fingers and I love that he teaches the theory aspect of playing, not as the focus, but as an explanation of why certain ideas work and certain ones don't. He doesn't jam theory down your throat, so lessons and practice are truly enjoyable and don't feel like a chore.

In addition to be a truly gifted teacher, Mike is just an awesome dude -- it's obvious that he loves to teach and really invests himself in getting his students to where they want to go. I can't recommend him highly enough.

Posted Oct 31, 2013
Ryan S.

Great experience!

Mike is an outstanding teacher. As a total guitar novice, his patience and instructional ability really helped me take small steps into a much bigger world. Between the in studio lessons and the exercises he gave me to do at home, I really feel like I learned a great deal in a short time period. I hope to work with him again in the future and would strongly recommend him to anyone thinking of guitar lessons.

Posted Oct 11, 2013
Nataly L.

Wonderful Teacher

My son has been taking lessons with Michael for about a year, and we are both very satisfied customers. When my son first came to Mike, he was anxious about his upcoming audition for the top jazz band at his school. Mike helped him prepare and feel more confident, and he was able to earn his place in the band. Since then Mike has worked with him on technique and style and helped him progress incredibly. Mike is a great teacher, very professional, and a super person!

Posted Jun 15, 2013
Travis W.

Great teacher

Mike bares all the marks of a GREAT teacher. He knew what I wanted before I even realized that's where I truly was heading. Not only have I gained what I am seeking, but he has brought me further than I even dreamed for myself. There's no better feeling than playing the way you've dreamed. On top of being a great teacher, he not only is a kind soul, funny, and a good listener but he truly cares about your growth and what you want to learn. He is hands down an amazing teacher.

Posted Jun 9, 2013
Jason S.

Taking it to the next level

I started taking lessons from Michael about a year and a half ago. I was in a rut and really wanted to pursue a deeper understanding of blues. The lessons we have embarked on have led me to a much deeper understanding of the theory behind what I'm doing. I think one of the biggest things that Michael has helped with is my personal confidence, especially in the arena of improvisation. I would highly recommend Michael for anyone wanting learn guitar, beginner or advanced, in a comprehensive way.

Posted Jun 9, 2013
Chris H.

Michael is a professional

This was my first experience with guitar lessons and it was exactly what I needed to get started. With the information I was given and knowledge that I gained from Michael, I can feel confident about moving forward.

Posted Dec 3, 2012

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Sep 2017 - Present

Ovation Academy Of Music

Personalized Guitar Instruction

Michael M.
Jan 2011 - Present


I have experience with beginners , intermediate and advanced players. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I have a Bachelor of arts Degree in Music. Appear on recordings and videos and I am a writer and performer.


Bachelor of Arts Music
Jan 1994 - Jun 1997

Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan



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