Ray Miles

Ray M.

Arlington, TX

About Ray M.

Background check: Last verified 11/03/2015
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Ray teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2008
Last sign in: 5 days ago


Born in Arlington, Texas, I began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school. After studying for several years under Joey Faust, I studied Jazz, Classical Guitar, and Music Theory at TCC in Fort Worth. I began teaching in my free time to friends and family in 2003; by 2008 I was teaching full time, my students ranging in age from 3 to over 70. I also play piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and auto harp.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe lessons should be fun, so all lessons are tailored to the individual student, based on the student's interests and goals. Students are free to progress at their own pace, and to choose their own learning material. Styles and techniques include Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Shred, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, and Slap Bass, to name a few.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home studio are definitely more beneficial to the student, because I have all my toys here! Besides having all of my other instruments here for demonstrations, or being able to freely change between electric or acoustic guitar for example, I have access to my computer and all of my teaching materials.
I also find that students who are at home (especially the children) tend to be more distracted, whether it's from lack of privacy due to the area chosen for the lessons, or often (again, this goes especially for the kids) there are pets that they like to play with while I'm trying to talk to them.
When they're guests in my home, however, I find I have their strict attention.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a guitar player specializing in electric lead guitar and solo acoustic guitar/vocal performance. I also teach beginner to advanced bass guitar, primarily finger-style. In addition I teach slap style bass guitar, as well as slide guitar. I am also a classical mandolin and tenor mandola player. I am currently the director of and first mandolin player for the Fort Worth Mandolin Orchestra.


Music Instructor

Oct 2011 - Present
City of Arlington, Texas

In addition to private lessons, I also teach weekly guitar and piano classes at Hugh Smith Recreation Center in Arlington, Texas.

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency
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14 Reviews on Ray M.

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Nan May 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He was fantastic. Hew knew where to start so I could better at piano. I'm really looking forward to all the other lessons.
James Apr 1, 2016
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
great instructor....
James Mar 21, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
great teacher.. demonstration then practice....
Michael G. Feb 24, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Great lessons progressing skills on a difficult instrument.
Jeremiah J. Jul 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He's personable. Good ideas, good instructor. Follows through and is very encouraging. Recommend!
Sue N. Mar 13, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
What a great experience! I like Ray's approach and his willingness to share no nonsense remarks about his expectations. Yes, practice is key to becoming a good banjo player. Imagine that!
I appreciate the fact that Ray was so open in sharing the fact that many of his students underestimate the importance of regular practice. I whole-heartedly agree. Since we share the same philosophy and approach, this is the start of a great relationship. (Can't give it 5 stars though, solely because of the traffic. The lessons are worth the trip!)
Carla D. Apr 12, 2014
Verified Student

Ray is an awesome teacher. He has great communication skills and was brilliant talking with my teen daughter, assessing her skill level and instructing accordingly. Great job!!
Alex R. Oct 28, 2013
Verified Student
My Banjo Lessons

Ray has already helped this 47 Year old kid to make large leaps in my understanding of music theory and my instrument. I really appreciate Rays knowledge of music and his ability to break it down so that anyone can understand and put into practice the knowledge gained very quickly. My hour lessons go so fast that I wonder where the time went.

Ray has been very flexible to this student and has been very accommodating to all the questions I have. He is patient and will go over anything again until you understand the lesson.

I Highly recommend Ray to any level of student all ages just starting out or someone who wants to gain more knowledge with the instrument you have.

I appreciate what he has taught me so far and am very excited to see where this journey takes me.
Jennifer L. Sep 3, 2012
Verified Student
Ray is awesome!

I am not your typical mandolin student. I am a 54 year old grama who decided to learn to play the mandolin for something fun to do. I'm so glad i picked Ray as a teacher! I chose him initially based on high reviews from parents of young children, so I figured I would probably not be too much of a challenge for him. I looked forward to my lessons every week. Ray is positive, upbeat, encouraging and very patient. Even though I only go for half an hour each week, I have been able to learn one song every week. I am now working on my third song. I highly recommend Ray to any age group.
MelissaP1 Mar 24, 2012
We love our teacher! My kids can't wait for their lessons. They want to practice and the best part is that Ray teaches them in a way where they can play together. They're learning so much but they're having a great time doing it.
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