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A talented and experienced teacher

Mike has always been a storyteller, and education is an organic craft for him.  He weaves songs and performance with pedagogical craft to connect people to their own voice, in their own stories, songs and music.

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10th Anniversary of Ghost Ranch Bluegrass Camp

March 4, 2019

Ghost Ranch Bluegrass Camp has an anniversary this year!  This year is number 10!  It's hard to believe we've been out there picking in the sand and sun for ten years.  This year's camp will feature the return of bluegrass olympics and other greatest hits from past year's programming.  The camp usually fills in with repeat musicians, so make sure to sign up soon if you want a spot.


Other Camps this Summer

March 4, 2019

Other camps this summer include Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Camp (our 9th year), as well as Sisters Folks Festival in OR this September.  Word has spread that our student-centered teaching model helps make learning bluegrass personalized and accessible to all pickers.  Make sure to find out more about these camps at Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival websites.


Camps and Classes

Mike has been teaching for almost 30 years, and holds a Master's Degree in Special Education.  In addition to a few years in public school, Mike has taught thousands of guitar and songwriting lessons as well as facilitated hundreds of bluegrass and songwriting workshops, classes and camps for adults and children.  For the last ten years, Mike and his band-mates have taught multi-day educational music camps at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, as well as the Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass festival in Pagosa, Colorado.  They've taught camps all over the west, and consider teaching folk music to be a high honor and revered role in the folk music process.

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