Michael Root
Las Vegas, NV
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Michael Root

Michael R.

Las Vegas, NV
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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.

About Michael R.

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I moved to Las Vegas in August 2017, after finishing my master's of music degree at UNC School of the Arts, to teach and pursue a doctorate of music in guitar performance at UNLV. 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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15 Reviews
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Michael has been great teaching us (ages 40 and 7 years old) ukelele lessons. We've never played the ukelele before and he has been very patient and listens to our questions and teaches in a way that makes it fun and easy to learn. My 7 year old daughter practices without me having to remind her! We will definitely be purchasing more lessons and now my husband wants to start as well!

Posted Aug 23, 2020

Incredible teacher!!

Posted Oct 16, 2019
Patrick H.
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Mr M. that's what we call him. He is AWESOME. The dude is so smart, understanding and works well at all levels. His abilities as a professor of music, I do believe will go down in history. My son is so lucky to have such a great role model! Thank you Michael!!!!

Posted Jun 2, 2019
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Great experience. Michael was prompt, professional, friendly, talented, motivating, and a great teacher.

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Cody L.
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Michael is a great instructor - As an older student with modest previous traing, and learning a Baritone Ukulele - Michael immediately adjusted, provided exceptional guidance, and continued encouragement! *****

Posted Jan 9, 2019
Cody L.
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Michael did a great job in working on my mechanics, correct hold, finger position, strumming and fingering! Looking forward to our next lesson

Posted Aug 24, 2018
Tessira W.
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My Daughter was very excited with Micheal's lesson

Posted Jul 20, 2018
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So happy to have found Michael on Take Lessons. He is patient, easy going, professional, personable and takes the intimidation out of the equation and makes learning fun. It takes a great deal for my son to be excited and motivated. After his guitar lesson, he was both. An hour later...still practicing. :) Thank you Michael!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Charlie B.
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Excellent musician and guitarist. Plus, he knows how to teach. Michael keeps the lessons interesting sharing stories of famous guitarists, demonstrating on his guitar how to do certain techniques, and playing duets. He can talk the talk and walk the walk!

Posted Jun 22, 2018
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Excellent explanations and demonstrations of counting 1 & 2 &.

Posted Apr 7, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Michael is very adept at realizing what skill level his student is at and what music the student is interested in. Michael then demonstrates the skills needed to play well then he writes out the next week's lesson for the student. Your jaw drops open when you hear Michael play.

Posted Mar 11, 2018

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!

Posted Oct 29, 2017
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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.

Posted Oct 19, 2017
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Posted Jan 22, 2021
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Posted Mar 29, 2020

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Guitar Instructor
Aug 2017 - Present


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.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Guitar Book 1
Dec 2012


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

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