Michael Root

Michael R.

Las Vegas, NV
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Lesson Details

Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Playing and teaching the guitar is my life's biggest passion. I began playing guitar in highschool in a rock band, and fell in love with the instrument. Since then I decided to major in music, became obsessed with classical guitar, and now I'm teaching classical guitar at UNLV while pursuing a doctorate of music there.

I teach all styles though, and I aim to help my students reach whatever goals with music they may have. I also have a good knowledge of music theory, something that's helpful in all musical endeavors. I'm also very good for beginners, as I can ensure no technical bad habits are developed.
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About

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2013

I moved to Las Vegas in August to pursue a doctorate of music in guitar performance. I'm also teaching at UNLV part time, and want to expand my teaching into the local community. I've been teaching for many years now, at universities, music stores and private in-home lessons like I'm offering on this site.

I aim to give my students the skills to pursue whatever they would like on the guitar. I'm a professional classical guitarist, but I got my start playing rock and roll and am comfortable teaching a variety of genres if the student wants to learn a specific style. I feel I am a great teacher for total beginners as well, I make sure the student has a rounded approach and avoids developing bad habits.

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Experience

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present
UNLV

Currently teaching guitar at UNLV part time while working on my doctorate of music there.

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2016 - Aug 2017
Salem Music Academy

Taught guitar and ukulele at Salem Music Academy in Winston-Salem NC.

Guitar Instructor
Feb 2015 - Aug 2017
Separk Music

Taught guitar at Separk Music Company in Lewisville, NC.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2017
UNC School of the Arts

I taught guitar at UNC School of the Arts while completing my Master of Music degree there.

Education

Master of Music in guitar performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017
UNC School of the arts
Bachelor of Music in guitar performance
Aug 2009 - Dec 2013
UNC School of the Arts

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Guitar Book 1
Dec 2012
Suzuki

I have been trained in Suzuki guitar, and am registered to officially teach Suzuki through book 1.

Photos & Videos

Beautiful piece by contemporary Parisian composer Francis Kleynjans.
Performing at my first gig in Vegas at the Bellagio.

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Theme and variations by 19th century Spanish composer Fernando Sor.
Photo by Michael R.

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A well put together video of a trio I played in of music from Interstellar.
A lovely etude.

2 Reviews

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Scarlet Oct 29, 2017
Classical Guitar ·

I met fellow classical guitarist, Michael, a few years back. I remembered him for his fun personality, stellar performance, and friendliness. Now that he is my classmate, I've gotten to know him better as a person and guitar player. I can say he is same in personality and friendliness as when I met him a few years ago, and his performances ROCK!

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Tripp Oct 19, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

I sat in on every lesson Michael gave my daughter, who had not studied guitar before. He uses the time effectively, balancing sight reading, repertoire development, music theory (which he presents in very practical and immediately useful ways), and at all times instilling the technique necessary to sustain rapid progress. My daughter really enjoyed studying with him, and I really enjoyed watching her go from a blank slate to a guitarist you want to listen to. I completely and unreservedly endorse this teacher.

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