Michael Lancaster

Michael L.

Golden, CO
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Teaching Locations:
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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.

About Michael L.

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.


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43 Reviews
Andrew B.
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Awesome lesson can’t wait for the next one .

Posted Jan 7, 2020
Jim M.
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Michael is excellent bagpipe teacher!!! I am looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Sep 3, 2019
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Great patience and understanding

Posted Mar 12, 2019
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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.

Posted Feb 12, 2019
Penny A.
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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.

Posted Sep 25, 2018
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My first Lesson with Michael was amazing! I’m very much looking forward to my next lesson with him.

Posted Apr 30, 2018
A. Zechariah J.
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I have been taking lessons from Michael for nearly nine months now. He has been an awesome instructor, very talented, helpful, and charismatic!

Posted Aug 28, 2017
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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.

Posted Aug 8, 2017
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I felt very comfortable practicing with Michael and he focused on exactly what I needed to learn.

Posted Jul 26, 2017
Todd M.
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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.

Posted Jul 15, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Jul 10, 2017
Sean H.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Anna C.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Carly C.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Feb 28, 2017
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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!

Posted Feb 28, 2017
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Moves quickly and directly to make progress towards achievable goals.

Posted Feb 9, 2017
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Very well done! Enthusiastic, productive and encouraging.

Posted Dec 14, 2016
Yixin T.
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Wonderful teacher.

Posted Dec 8, 2016
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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!!!

Posted Dec 8, 2016
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My daughter left with the biggest smile on her face!

Posted Nov 21, 2016
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Teaches at a pace that I can learn from. Not too fast but also not too slow. GREAT JOB

Posted Nov 10, 2016
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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.

Posted Nov 3, 2016
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Enjoyed my first lesson, looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Sep 18, 2016
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Cameron had a great first lesson and is looking forward to the next one!

Posted Sep 16, 2016
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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).

Posted Sep 8, 2016
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Awesome instruction. He made it easy.

Posted Aug 6, 2016
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Michael was very accommodating and very thorough in his lesson. I left feeling very excited for my next lesson!

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Tony A.
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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.

Posted Jun 3, 2016
Adam H.
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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.

Posted May 25, 2016
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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

Posted May 19, 2016
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Awesome! :)

Posted Apr 22, 2016
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Was able to work at my level

Posted Apr 14, 2016
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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!

Posted Apr 13, 2016
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Great guy, amazing musician. Patient with beginning students, helps them struggle through material.

Posted Apr 10, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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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!

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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Michael takes the time to make sure you do it right! Lots of patience. No better way to start bagpipe lessons than with Michael.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 3, 2016
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Michael is a great instructor. He challenges his students and gets the most out of them. Good with kids.

Posted Apr 3, 2016
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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.

Posted Apr 3, 2016

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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


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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