Mike has been playing music since the age of 7 and has focused mainly on the guitar and piano since the age of 14. Throughout the years, he has studied at the College of Du Page and Elgin Comm. College. After graduating, he continued playing professionally in clubs, and currently is the lead guitarist with a local band called “Yourz Truly”. Mike studied guitar privately with Ron Pingel, a master degreed guitarist on the faculty at A & A Music. He also worked with Soyoung Kee, a Doctoral graduate of Northwestern Univ. also on staff with A & A Music Academy at the time. Mike enjoys working with students of all ages, and tailors his lessons to the students needs. Students learn their instrumental skills, technique, and can supplement with songs they would like to learn to add to the fun. He has been a faculty member at A & A Music Academy since 2009.