Mike Mitchell makes his home in Floyd, VA where he is founder and director of The Floyd Music School.
Mike has played strings and fretted instruments for 35 of the last 40 years and has taught for 20. He uses a traditional approach, but emphasizes the heritage music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"I bring experience, expertise and charisma to the classroom or private studio. For me performing and recording are in harmony with teaching, and I would not excel in either effort without the other."
His students play in the Roanoke Youth Symphony, have won first place in numerous Bland Competitions and fiddle contests, have attended invitation-only summer music camps, and are playing in regional bluegrass and blues bands.
He plays with the best bluegrass bands in the two Virginias and is a first-call session player as well.
With the experience of teaching for more than 20 years, combined with his intuitive people-management skills, Mike brings a special charisma to the classroom (both in the studio and online). He is skilled at teaching all ages and levels, and has experience working with both special needs children and adults. Mike's creative instructional styles and techniques mixed with his academic approach bring excellent results to the classroom.