Mikel James

Mikel J.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:

My stage name is Mikel. I am an NYC based
singer/songwriter/producer/music video director. I also coach in artist
development as well as social media engineering for growth.

I have been licensed by the following companies: Wendy's, Rock Band 3, Free
Credit Score, Renew Life, Song of the Year Contest, Jeep, AcneFree, Ritani
Diamonds and Likeable Media.

I produced my own album "PERFECT" that was released on all major online
distributors in 2013. From that album my song "Back to You" was chosen for
the Rock Band 3 video game. I also produced various artists at Cove City
Sound Studios. There I recorded upwards of 20-30 demos for various Major
Labels (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Atlantic Records,
Warner Music Group, EMI)

Working with an electro-house production team, Space Plant, created
"Watering the Dance" which became the official theme song for "The Shiggle"
a dance created by famous dancer Phillip Chbeeb.

Currently aside from releasing a few cover videos on Instagram (25k
followers) I have been working with legends such as Jimmy Greco, John
Seigler and Russ Desalvo on both a feature artist named Jackie Nese and
multiple jingles for Pokémon and other children's television series over

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Tribeca, New
York. I work with singers, acoustic/electric guitarists as well as
songwriters/producers/composers in a wide age range, assorted skill levels
with a variety of musical goals.

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Actuary Science
Sep 2007 - May 2011
SUNY Albany


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Justin Bieber's What Do You Mean and Taylor Swift's Wildest Dreams. Mash up!
Photo by Mikel J.

Photo by Mikel J.
Photo by Mikel J.

Photo by Mikel J.

Photo by Mikel J.
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22 Reviews

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Ollie Dec 6, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Awesome teacher! With no experience at all after a few lessons I’ve already got several chords and notes down. Mr. James is great at building your confidence and makes learning fun.

Merissa Dec 4, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Had so much fun with mike at my lesson. He was very patient with me and made learning simple and enjoyable.

Joe D Dec 4, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Mikel has a great understanding of the guitar and was able to effectively teach me the basics.

Jenna Dec 3, 2017
Guitar · In home

Mike was great. He has a lot of patience.

Bruce Dec 3, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Mike was great to work with. I've been wanting to learn an instrument for a while now and I'm glad I have him as a teacher.

Brianna Dec 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

He was a great teacher. I have improved so much since starting my lessons with him!

Payton Dec 2, 2017
Guitar · In home

I couldn’t of asked for a better instructor for my son. Very talented and patient.

Joey G Dec 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Mike is a true professional. He was patient, thorough, and made it easier than I ever thought to learn how to play guitar. I highly recommend him.

Marsha Dec 2, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great lesson! Mikel is a great teacher. Learned a lot and had so much fun during the lesson. Would definitely recomend!

Brian Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Mikel was really cool to work with. You can tell he really loves music and enjoys people who feel the same. After awhile I found myself looking forward to my lessons playing with him and just having a good time learning new songs on the radio.

Grace Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Mike is the best at what he does! He has been awesome to learn from considering I knew nothing about guitar before I started our lessons! Now I can play tons of songs on my own!

Grace Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Mikel is a great teacher. Full of love for music. For someone with no experience at all he was very patient with me on a beginner level. I will book him again. And recommend him to all of my friends!

Alex Dec 1, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Mikel is as passionate about teaching as he is about performing. He is great with students on all levels. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to find their niche in the music world!

Andrew B. Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have always been a huge fan of rock n roll music, though I was very intimidated with the idea of learning guitar myself. Admittedly I was slightly apprehensive because my lack of experience but he immediately made me feel comfortable. I felt as though he saw the potential in me right away. Mikel was not only patient with me but with his versatile knowledge of every music genres, made every session so much fun. I left every lesson wanting to play right when I arrived home. He is a true musician and an amazing instructor, I would recommend his lessons to anyone, of any age. PS ask him about his band in high school Lockwood main or something, I hear they were "ahead of their time." Thanks for everything Mikal!

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James B Dec 1, 2017
Guitar · In home

Mikel was a great teacher. I been struggling for a while to learn guitar. Watched a bunch of youtube video but that just wasnt cutting it. As soon as Mikel gave me some tips and lesson. I started learning right away. He really goes out of his way for you. Highly recommend him!!

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Tyler Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Mikel definitely took into consideration my pop sensibilities and tailored my lesson to fit my needs. I don't want to play flamenco or classical guitar, i'd like to be able to get my hands around an interesting and eclectic set of contemporary chords to make good music, and Mikel has helped do that.

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Christina Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Mikel was so great to work with and took his time teaching me, I was convinced I could never learn but he made the lessons fun and enjoyable.

Alex Dec 1, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Mike is a dedicated and inspiring teacher. He is always happy to break things down in a way thats easy to understand for beginning guitar players. I would recommend for anyone looking to take lessons.

Michael Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with. I could barely play a note when we started. Now, I'm playing all my favorite songs. Thank you so much Mike!!!

Rebecca Dec 1, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Mike is an AWESOME guitar player!!! And he has great hair... and humor.... and so fun to be around!

Christie Oct 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Great instructor. Very patient and a lot of fun to learn from. He's very laid back and chill and he makes it a comfortable environment. Would highly reccomend.

John Oct 14, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I am a beginner and I reached out to Mikel to show me where to start in terms of chords and notes. He really broke it down for me and I'm learning extremely fast. He also makes the experience very enjoyable.

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