Michael Lancaster

Michael L.

Golden, CO
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Ear Training

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I use a really fun and fast approach to getting any student to the next level. 26 years experience teaching beginner to university and professional level students.

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 1990

Michael L. is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

*** Lesson Details ***
Quick, fun approach to getting students at any level playing better/easier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have all the toys!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all of the music and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
All levels all styles. From beginner to professional.


Lecturer of Music
Jan 2002 - Present
University of Colorado at Denver

May 1992 - Present
Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael L.

Teacher and performer.


Bachelor of Science in Music
Sep 1989 - May 1992
University of Colorado at Denver
Bachelor of Science in Music
Aug 1987 - May 1989
Ft. Lewis College
High School
Aug 1984 - May 1987
Cherry Creek High


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator
Dec 2016
Microsoft Corporation

I received this award through my work with Skype In The Classroom

May 1992
American Federation of Musicians


10 Years Of Service As Lecturer Of Music
Jan 2017
University of Colorado at Denver
Rising Star Award
Dec 2012


American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2002

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Amazing Grace
Ode To Joy into a Jig
Scotland The Brave
Highland Cathedral
Amazing Grace into Little Martha
Embryonic Journey
Photo by Michael L.

Photo by Michael L.

Photo by Michael L.
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42 Reviews

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Jim M. Sep 3, 2019
Bagpipes · Online

Michael is excellent bagpipe teacher!!! I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Bob Mar 12, 2019
Bagpipes · Online

Great patience and understanding

Jack Feb 12, 2019
Guitar · Online

We have had 4 or 5 lessons now with Michael and with each one, my 9 year old son learns so much. I'm amazed at the pace at which he is moving; Michael had him playing a song after his first lesson. We sometimes do lessons at Michael's location and other times on Skype. My son really likes Michael and he wants to work hard and keep learning. I highly recommend guitar with Michael.

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Penny A. Sep 25, 2018
Bagpipes · Online

Michael is a very patient, kind and understanding. He is willing to assist in any way he can to help and support. Michael is a fabulous instructor! I look forward to my next lesson.

David Apr 30, 2018
Bagpipes · Online

My first Lesson with Michael was amazing! I’m very much looking forward to my next lesson with him.

A. Zechariah J. Aug 28, 2017
Bagpipes · In studio

I have been taking lessons from Michael for nearly nine months now. He has been an awesome instructor, very talented, helpful, and charismatic!

Stephen Aug 8, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Michael is patient and very understanding. He takes his time and my time seriously and does not waste any od it. He is prepared and ready to further my ability from zero to reading sheet music in just 4 lessons. The lessons are geared to my level.
I actually look forward to my lessons with Michael.

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Jackson Jul 26, 2017
Music Theory · In home

I felt very comfortable practicing with Michael and he focused on exactly what I needed to learn.

Todd M. Jul 15, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Michael was easy going and encouraging. Shared some neat history about the guitar, one of it's "founding fathers" and a very instructive right-hand exercise. Thoroughly enjoyed my lesson and felt like I learned something.

Zoe Jul 10, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Great instructor!
Incredibly patient and communicates instructions very well.
Highly recommend.

Sean H. Apr 12, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Outstanding! First lesson and already learned a ton. Highly recommend Michael if you are a beginner or someone who has experience and looking to take your craft to the next level.

Anna C. Mar 1, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Very good teacher, has a lot of patients and makes you at ease .

Carly C. Feb 28, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Michael is very clear, sense of purpose, knowledgeable, easy to learn, and encouraging

Ben Feb 28, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Michael has been a great bagpipe teacher for our eight year old son. He is encouraging and patient in equal measure. His music choices have been well considered and appreciated. I was concerned about the efficacy of online lessons but it has all gone very smoothly and we haven't had any technical glitches. Despite the physical distance Michael has developed a personalized relationship with our son and it is clear that there is respect in both directions. Thank you very much!

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Craig Feb 9, 2017
Bagpipes · Online

Moves quickly and directly to make progress towards achievable goals.

Matthew Dec 14, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Very well done! Enthusiastic, productive and encouraging.

Yixin T. Dec 8, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Wonderful teacher.

Nick Dec 8, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Michael, has been working with my son for a few months and has done an excellent job. My son is learning so much. Thank you Michael!!!

Yaakova Nov 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My daughter left with the biggest smile on her face!

George Nov 10, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Teaches at a pace that I can learn from. Not too fast but also not too slow. GREAT JOB

Stephen Nov 3, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Michael was very patient and not only gave me a bagpipe lesson but walked me through the use on my computer. We even had to use the telephone for voice communication. I think there is no problem he cannot over come.

Zachary Sep 18, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Enjoyed my first lesson, looking forward to future lessons.

Cameron Sep 16, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Cameron had a great first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!

Dyane Sep 8, 2016
Guitar · Online

Michael is great, he takes the time to demonstrate if I don't pick something up right away and he makes himself always available for a question (lesson time or not).

Tonya Aug 6, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Awesome instruction. He made it easy.

Laura Jul 6, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael was very accommodating and very thorough in his lesson. I left feeling very excited for my next lesson!

Tony A. Jun 3, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Michael was very helpful with my Skype issues. It was our first lesson and I didn't know that much about Skype. As to his teaching me he was very understanding and made me feel as easy. He showed me the proper breathing method with the chanter. I am looking forward to my next lesson with Michael.

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Adam H. May 25, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

First lesson went well. I was very nervous, but was immediately made comfortable and we got to work. He is already helping me to unlearn some bad habits and take the process logically.

Bill May 19, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Was struggling, but Michael, in 30 minutes, quickly identified what I was doing wrong, helped me understand some pipe " physics" , took me through a series of note sequences, and in 30 minutes I made more progress than I had using videos, books and advice from other pipers. More than anything, he got me engaged and made it fun

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Juliann Apr 22, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Awesome! :)

John Apr 14, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Was able to work at my level

Crag Apr 13, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael is an amazing instructor. He has been great at teaching me, as I came to him never having played an instrument, or knowing how to read music. We started right from the beginning and now a year and a half in I'm starting to play on the real thing. I would not recommend anyone else, he is top notch!

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Alex Apr 10, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Great guy, amazing musician. Patient with beginning students, helps them struggle through material.

Carl Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael is a great instructor! I had no musical knowledge at all when I started with him, and he has gotten me playing an instrument now.

Betsy Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · Online

Michael Lancaster has been an engaging, inspiring, great teacher for my 14 year old son! We are grateful for him and the the online instruction has worked great.

D Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael has been great for my two kids. One takes guitar lessons from him and the other takes bag pipe lessons. He is a master of both and very good with beginners on!

Nate Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Micheal is an excellent musician and an excellent teacher. He is enthusiastic, encouraging, flexible, and versatile. He has a pleasant sense of humor, a friendly and relaxed demeanor, and a deep love for music. While Micheal knows a great deal about music theory, he also knows all about the reality of playing music live. He will teach you to play, and he will take the time to teach you the theory, if you want to know. He will guide you with care, reveal the subtleties of the instrument and it's music, and will make sure you get it right. Michael works well with children and adults. Not only do I take lessons from him, but have sent other members of my family to him, as well.

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John Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael takes the time to make sure you do it right! Lots of patience. No better way to start bagpipe lessons than with Michael.

Craig Apr 4, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael makes it fun to learn to play the bagpipes and while he encourages practice and improvement he also understands people's busy schedules when finding adequate time to practice is difficult.

Joe Apr 3, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael is the complete package. The guy is knowledgeable, patient, approachable, and friendly. I had no prior experience in any instrument or musical theory, and wanted to learn bagpipes, one of the most esoteric and difficult instruments to learn, and he was willing and enthusiastic about helping make that happen. It's impossible to be in the same room as the guy without absorbing at least a little of his boundless enthusiasm for music and teaching.

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Tom Apr 3, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael is a great instructor. He challenges his students and gets the most out of them. Good with kids.

Lloyd Apr 3, 2016
Bagpipes · In studio

Michael does an outstanding job with our son. Very professional and very creative, punctual and yet flexible. Our son always seems to enjoy his lesson.

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