Michael Shirey

Michael S.

Chicago, IL

About Michael S.

Background check: Last verified 06/14/2016
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Michael teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday


Like any musician, music is my life!

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Art in Music with a concentration on guitar performance. Throughout my undergraduate studies I performed in various ensembles within the college’s curriculum. Currently, my solo project gives me the opportunity to continue to grow through writing and performing my own original pieces. Throughout my career I have had the honor of performing with renowned songwriters Todd Rundgren and Charlie Sexton as well as being mentored by jazz drummer Frank Donaldson of The Ramsey Lewis Quartet.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson plan includes:

 physical technique

 chord and scale knowledge,

 soloing concepts

 and tying all of these ideas together by learning a song in a genre you love!

All of these concepts culminate in the discovery of your own personal voice. Expressing yourself is the ultimate goal of music and my job is to help you get your point across!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My teaching studio is just steps away from the Belmont Blue Line stop! Our lessons will be held in a private practice space in my home. The large room has multiple amps and guitars, so there is no need to bring an instrument for lessons if you don't want to! (But, you do need an instrument to practice with outside of our lessons!)

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Guitar Instructor

Mar 2011 - Present
Independently and with TakeLessons

Music Theory Tutor

Aug 2012 - May 2013
Columbia College Chicago


Bachelor's of Art in Music

Aug 2009 - May 2013
Columbia College Chicago

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Performance Scholarship

Aug 2012
Columbia College Chicago


National Association for Music Education

Oct 2013

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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20 Reviews on Michael S.

Gina Aug 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson! :)
Isaac Aug 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Not only is Micheal one of the nicest, coolest teachers, he is also one mean guitar player. I've been playing for about 7 years and my classes have made me improve faster than ever before. He is a teacher who will tailor your classes to exactly what you want to learn and welcomes every lesson with great energy and enthusiasm. He is as helpful as he is inspiring.
Simon Cäsar Ciglia Feb 24, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Really enjoyed it
Yakov Fattakhov Feb 17, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I enjoy his classes! Always tries to help you improve. Thanks!
Alex R. Dec 22, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
very fun helps you understand well and awesomeeeeeee
Justin Diamond Oct 20, 2015
Blues Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I came to Mich an with 8ish years of self-taught acoustic experience looking to make my first foray into electric/lead playing/improvising/soloing. After two weeks with Mich, my playing has improved exponentially. He's extremely patient and is more like your buddy showing you cool things than a rigid instructor. If you're committed to putting in the work and really wanting to get better, Mich the guy for you.
Darrick A. Oct 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is a great teacher. I started off with very little knowledge about how to play acoustic guitar and now I feel he has provided me with a solid foundation for me to play on my own. He is personable, patient, attentive and has made it an enjoyable learning experience. You won't be disappointed in choosing Mike for your private instructor!
Tushar M. Oct 8, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Thank you Michael for a wonderful start. Tushar had
Hannah Sep 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Michael instructs my 13 year old daughter. Lessons are very well structured, organized, and productive. He provides homework for her to work on between lessons. He does a great job pushing her further, but being encouraging as well. Very pleased with Michael and his instruction!
Kledi M. Aug 31, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
It was my first lesson and it was great so far. Really nice guy to work with.
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