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New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

Two New Hal Leonard books

BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO

 

FIRST 50 SONGS
To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)

 

CD's On Sale

 

 

 

In this photo:  “Miles with students in American Folk Instruments class, Chicago.” 

 

Universities

"This class provided a successful way to play guitar.  Michael is a great representative for music education and why we teach."   S.C

 

"Michael was awesome.   In my wildest dreams, I never imagined being able to do all the things we did.    This class far exceeded my expectations."    D.M. 

 

As a guest clinician, Miles has taught hundreds of professional music educators in summer music programs at Villanova University, VanderCook College of Music, and West Chester University.

 

CLASS OFFERINGS
Guitar for the Non-Guitarist
(aka Beginning Guitar Skills)

For music teachers with no guitar experience to learn to use the guitar in the classroom.

 

Guitar Skills and Curriculum

For music teachers with some guitar experience to further develop their skills and to create a guitar instruction curriculum for their school setting.

 

American Folk Instruments & History

Learn basic skills on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica. Students also explore the grassroots American contexts from which these instruments emerged.  Students should have basic beginning guitar skills for this class.  You supply your own guitar and the universities supply the rest. Made possible in part by Deering Banjo & Old Town School of Folk Music.     

 

Music of the 20th Century

A decade by decade portrait of our time where students learn select repertoire for guitar and examine the historic context from which these songs arose.   Students are also invited to bring their primary instrument for some ensemble playing of this material.  

 

Songwriting and Composition
for Guitar Class

This class explores how to create new music with your students and to learn from how some of the masters approached their work.  No composition experience needed.  

 

"Michael Miles is a rare talent.   As a performer, he is outstanding.   As a teacher, he is inspiring. He knows how and he shows how."   
  - John Dunphy, Director, Villanova University

Music of the 20th Century class performs.