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09/01/15

We offer a wide range of instrument lessons for all expertise levels. These are private lessons, one-on-one with the teacher and the student. Commonly, they are scheduled a half hour a week for beginning students.

LOCATION: Our lessons are located in the studios above the store. There is an exterior door for lessons conducted prior to and after store hours. Parents are welcome to relax in the waiting area, browse our selection downstairs or run errands and pick up their student after the lesson.

RATES/AVAILABILITY: Teachers set their own schedules and pricing. Lessons times are set independent of store hours. Call (694-6453) or email (mmusic@mikesmusicak.com) us for teacher contact information.



Teachers

If you don't see your instrument listed, please call. 694-MIKE (6453). We add new teachers as our studio space permits.

Kyle Harrington

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele


Kyle Harrington currently teaches guitar and the increasingly popular ukulele.

A ten year veteran at Mike's Music, Kyle teaches beginning to advanced students in acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass and ukulele.
Kyle emphasizes having fun while learning and will adapt lessons to your desired musical style. He loves to play and keeps the energy flowing in his lessons.

Lead guitarist for the popular local band Jolly Good Fellow, Kyle is a talented musician. He currently has two CD's of original music for sale (available at Mike's Music) and is working on a third.
Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios before, during and/or after store hours depending upon the teachers' schedule. For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Kyle's contact information.

Lisa Plunkett

Piano


Lisa Plunkett currently teaches all levels of piano at Mike's Music.

Lisa teaches beginning through advanced piano students from children through adults. Lisa has been teaching for over 17 years and for the past couple years at Mike’s.
She holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and formal college piano training.

Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios before, during and/or after store hours depending upon the teachers' schedule.
For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Lisa's contact information.

Christa Looney

Piano, Flute


Christa Looney has been teaching piano and flute for over 15 years.

Christa's lessons are taught during the day with homeschool students in mind.
Christa is certified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Learning and works with many home school programs.

Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios during store hours depending upon the teachers’ schedule.
For specific times available, call Mike's Music to contact Christa.

Adam Stewart

Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Fiddle


Adam Stewart currently teaches violin, viola, mandolin and fiddle in our studios. An experienced performer with traditional training, he brings a variety of skills to teach all ages.

Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios during store hours depending upon the teachers' schedule. For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Adam's contact information.

Kiana Gates

Violin


Kiana Gates currently teaches violin in our studios. Kiana has been playing since the age of 3. She has played in the Anchorage Youth Symphony and was awarded a seat in the 2014 AllState Orchestra. She is finishing her degree at UAA and currently plays in the UAA Symphonic Orchestra.
Kiana is currently certified in the Suzuki method and also teaches individualized lessons to both young and mature players.

Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios during store hours depending upon the teachers' schedule. For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Adam's contact information.

Michael Preskitt

Jazz and Orchestral Bass, Cello, Electric Bass


Michael Preskitt has been teaching at Mike's Music for over 10 years.

He teaches beginning to advanced students of all ages. His relaxed style has made him a popular choice. Specializing in cello, double bass and electric bass, he also teaches violin and viola and has an extensive background in guitar and piano.
He is experienced in playing numerous styles of music including classical, jazz, and popular. Currently he is the electric bass player for the popular local band Jolly Good Fellow.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Music with a Music Education Emphasis as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching. Michael is a versatile musician on a variety of instruments.
Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios independent of store hours. Teachers set their own schedules. For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Michael's contact information.

Scott Weller

Percussion, Drums


Scott Weller currently teaches drums and percussion at Mike's. Percussion includes the full range including bells used in the local 6th grade beginning band.

Scott has been teaching beginning to advanced students at Mike's Music for over 4 years. His enthusiasm for teaching is evident by his students anticipation of their lessons.
In addition to teaching at Mike's Music, Scott is also a free lance artist with extensive local, national and international connections. Currently he performs primarily in Alaska venues.

Scott Weller began his musical career in Pennsylvania at the age of five. He performed with the United States Air Force Band for twenty years.
Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios before, during and/or after store hours depending upon the teachers' schedule. For specific times available, call Mike's Music for Scott's contact information.

Chris Loescher

Trumpet, Brass


Chris Loescher has been teaching at Mike's Music for several years.

He teaches all beginning band instruments to students of all ages, focusing on brass instruments. For trumpet, he also teaches intermediate level and up.
Chris has a degree in music education and currently teaches for the Mat Su Valley school district as a band director.

Lessons are conducted in the Mike's Music studios before, during and/or after store hours depending upon the teachers’ schedule.
For specific times available, call Mike's Music to contact Chris.

Current Specials

SUMMER HOURS!

Closed Mondays

06/07/17


Summer hours are now in effect: Closed Sunday & Monday, OPEN Tues-Thurs 11-7, Fri 11-6 and Saturday 12-5.
Time for us to get ready for Fall back to school and have a little summer fun!

Lots of new stuff is arriving all summer, so stop in and see what's new!
Looking for the next size in an orchestra instrument? Summer is a great time to size up. It gives your student more time to get familiar with finger spacing differences AND you are getting a better value from any rental credit from your current rental.

Need a new bow? or case?
Summer is a good time to practice with a new bow so you are ready for school in the fall.

ORCHESTRA STRING PLAYERS!

Summer opportunity!

06/07/17


Alaska String Camps (www.alaskastringcamps.org) offers three separate camps for students completing grades 4-12. If you haven't been, go check out their website and sign up!
If you have attended before, but forgot to register this year, time to 'get on it' and just do it!


Super secret, but soon to be announced... we hope to add another instrument dealership to our current variety.
You'll find it right here and on our facebook page once our details are finalized. Follow us on facebook.com/mikesmusicak

Upcoming Events

01/31/17

Used Instrument Donations

Help us Help Local Music Programs

SUPPORT MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS! Mike’s Music instrument drive. The community donates used instruments, Mike’s refurbishes them, and gives to local schools.

What started as an anniversary celebration has become an ongoing community project for Mike’s Music. Mike's is giving back to the community that has supported them for over 20 years. Throughout the year, they collect used instruments to donate to the local schools for students who cannot afford to rent or purchase one.
Instruments in all conditions are welcome and Mike’s Music insures they are in playable condition before giving to the local schools in the Anchorage School District for use in their music programs.
Valuable/vintage and those instruments that are not usuable in the schools are sold after refurbishing, and the 'profit' is used to purchase instruments and/or supplies that the schools CAN use.

“We have students come in to purchase supplies for instruments they borrow from the schools; I have had so many of them tell me about the awful condition of the few instruments that are available. So, I thought, we can do something about that.” –Katrina Eldred
If you would like more information about this program, please call (694-6453), stop in and see us, or email at mmusic@mikesmusicak.com


06/09/17

FULL TIME BAND INSTRUMENT REPAIR AGAIN!

We are celebrating Marsha's Return

Marsha Frederick is back and our band repair dept is back at full strength again. Need a regulation? How about some pads replaced? Nasty trumpet cleaned?
Summer's the time to get all those instruments back in shape for fall. Free quick estimates on all band and orchestra instruments through July 31st.

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