Mike Stanley

Mike S.

Lehighton, PA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
March 1982

A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents

2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.

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Music Director
Feb 2009 - Present
Upper Bucks County Alliance for Creative Expression (501c3)

Director and bandleader for youth group. UBACE provides creative opportunities in a safe, nurturing and drug-free environment for at-risk youth.


Lehigh Valley Music Award - Veteran Honoree 2014
Mar 2014
Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association

Photos & Videos

Mike Stanley backstage at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem, PA. for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

Photo by Mike S.


6 Reviews

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Susan W. Aug 13, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Just what I thought a ukelele instructor to be-I learned a lot and it was fun! He also directed me to a you tube video of the Ukelele Orchestra in Great Britain-pretty amazing stuff!

Jonathan Lamson Aug 4, 2015
Organ · In home

The fact that Mike went to Juilliard for teaching should entice one to give him a try. However his ability to keep a student engaged, while having fun was the reason that I decided to make Mike my long-term teacher.
I learned more in one hour than I had in many years.

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Jeff W. Mar 17, 2015
Violin · In studio

I very much enjoy the time I share and learn with Mike. He has been very patient with my slow learning curve. I have noticed that he caters to a person's strengths, which works for me since I have been slowly learning technique and muscle coordination in respect to playing the violin.

I highly recommend anyone at any age to call upon Mike for instrumental instruction.

To TakeLessons, thank you for offering a system that lets people connect with highly competent instructors.

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Jeff T. Jun 14, 2014
Cello · In studio

Mike has been very patient and helpful and takes the time to carefully explain the instruction given. Besides being a great teacher Mike is very personable and that makes the lessons stress free. Taking lessons from an accomplished working musician is the best possible choice.
Thank you Mike for taking me on as a student!

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Dee D. Apr 14, 2014
Violin ·

Mike is the best!!

I always wanted to learn Violin, but at 26 I thought I'd never get very far. Mike is teaching me Improvisation so that I can jam with my bluegrass friends. After 9 months of lessons with Mike, I am starting to really understand my instrument and am able to jam with my friends! I never thought I would progress this quickly and I know that is all due to the way Mike has taught me and teaching me certain things every week that I can build on and practice at home. I definitely recommend Mike for lessons on any instrument, he is a talented multi-instrumentalist who is interested in all genres of music from classical to country, he is accessible and doesn't make you feel like an idiot when you don't get it right, but he is also tough enough on you that you progress very quickly. He is also interested in teaching you what you want to learn, the right way, so you can get the most out of your musical experience. Playing fiddle is now one of my favorite things to do, I get so much joy out of it, all thanks to Mike and a little hard work!! :)

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Jan D. Nov 13, 2012
Guitar ·

We definitely recommend!

My son just started guitar (electric) and he's young-9. So getting him started on an instrument is no easy task but Mike is very patient and makes the lessons fun & interesting while teaching strong music structure. I can't believe how much they can cover in a half hour when it takes me a half hour just to get him to get his school homework binder out at home! I really look forward to watching my son progress. Great stuff!!

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