Mike Mitchell

Violin, Fiddle, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
101 Reviews
1500+ lessons booked on Lessonface
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LessonFace Teacher of the Year 2017!   Founder/director of The Floyd Music School in Virginia.   I enjoy working with homeschool families where children (and parents) make music together.  Nationally recognized and a member of the Virginia String Teacher's Association, I'm also on the songwriter's committee at the International Bluegrass Music Association and a member of Folk Alliance International.

I've played strings and fretted instruments for 40 of the last 45 years and taught for 20.  My approach is traditional, with emphasis on the heritage music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Honored at The White House by President Obama for achievements in Heritage Music Instruction, Summer, 2008 and  listed as a ‘teacher of note’ within 27 counties in SWVA by  Virginia’s The Crooked Road organization.  

My students play in the Roanoke Youth Symphony, have won first place in numerous Bland Competitions and fiddle contests, have attended Shasta, Mike Block and Mark O'Connor summer music camps and  RonaokeSymphony's Summer Music Institute.  Former students have attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Blemont University in Nashville, North Carolina School of the Arts and the BerkleeSchool of Music in Boston.   Graduates of my studio are also signed recording artists on the Traviana records Label. 

For me performing and recording are in harmony with teaching, and I would not excel in either effort without the other.

"As a singer/songwriter and recording artist, Mike's 2018 album release, "Small Town" debuted on the Billboard Bluegrass at #2 in December, 2018!  Find all of the information at his website.   He tours nationally with the Mike Mitchell Band, and plays in regional Jazz and Classical ensembles.  Mike is also a session musician at the Windfall and Blackwater recording studios in Virginia.  





Do you want to play?  have you always wanted to play, and perhaps had a failed attempt or two?   I guarantee that you or your child will be playing in your first lesson, playing songs in three months, and working on being a musician after your first year.  

Board member: Virginia String Teachers Association, International Bluegrass Music Association Songwriters' Committee, Member of: Folk Alliance International, Americana Music Association

This 5 level course in Violin/Fiddle follows a traditional method. We use the String Builder series, written in the 1950’s by Dr. Samuel Applebaum, in conjunction with the method books of the 19th century’s great masters: Wohlfarht, Sevcik, and Kreutzer. Suzuki music is also used. Now you might be thinking, “O no, I have to buy all of these books right away…” but that is not the case. String Builder Book 1 will take you through the first level alone, we then add Suzuki book 1 for the second level. At level three we will add Wohlfahrt violin studies book 1 and Sevcik Bowing Studies book 1. Further method books and performance pieces will be added at continuing levels. Our fiddle tunes will be taken from a number of sources, and our own Floyd Music School transcriptions.

For fretted instrument study, we use the Mel Bay guitar method books in conjunction with method books from Berkeley Press.  An interesting banjo method, first published in 1908, is the Emile Grimshaw method.  This teaches banjo in both noted music and Tablature.  The Complete Mandolinist by Marylin Mair is the most comprehensive mandolin method available today, and I highly recommend we use it!

All this being stated, I understand that some folks want to learn to play by ear, or strictly by TAB.  As long as they are willing to practice and put in the work needed, I am willing to teach!

Reviews of lessons with Mike Mitchell

Another great lesson with Mr. Mike!
Carl Roberts, Verified Student
June 3rd, 2020
My son loves Mr. Mike! Incredible teacher!
Carl Roberts, Verified Student
June 3rd, 2020
Mr. Mike is an incredible teacher! Very engaging and fun for my son!
Carl Roberts, Verified Student
June 3rd, 2020
He works hard with us and really tries to get us playing together and better. Great attitude and very motivating.
John Flud, Verified Student
June 1st, 2020
He is great with my two girls.They look forward to his lessons. He is really great at teaching and finding how to reach each person where they are.
John Flud, Verified Student
May 26th, 2020
Each lesson builds on the last. Mike is a fantastic teacher. I'm so pleased with him and the results I'm getting.
Rose, Verified Student
May 13th, 2020
Mike was very warm and personable. He adapted his lesson to our conversation throughout the session very organically.
Zack Hain, Verified Student
April 28th, 2020
Mike was very nice and a great teacher! We will be taking more lessons!
Carl Roberts, Verified Student
April 23rd, 2020
Mike was fantastic. Very personable and patient. Great teacher !!!
Stephen Komp, Verified Student
April 20th, 2020
On time, personable, great for our beginner learner!
Anna Yagubyan, Verified Student
March 30th, 2020
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