Mike Mitchell | Lessonface

Mike Mitchell

Violin, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
52 Reviews
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Mike Mitchell makes his home in Floyd, VA where he is founder and director of The Floyd Music School.   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.  After a meeting at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City MO, in 2018 Mike has also teamed with renowned singer/songwriter, David Childers.

As a singer/songwriter and recording artist, Mike's 2017 release,"Dead Center" debuted at No. 1 on the Airplay Direct chart, and remained in the top 40 for the year.  His current single, "Tell it to my Face" debuted on Bluegrass Today Magazine, August 9th,  His new album, "Small Town" will be released on September 21st.  Find all of the information at Mike's website.

Mike's current and former students, at the Galax Fiddle Competition this year, took 3rd place in youth bluegrass fiddle, first place in adult mandolin, and first place in oldtime fiddle, as well as an overall best performer trophy.  

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 Shasta, Mike Block and Mark O'Connor summer music camps and  Ronaoke Symphony's Summer Music Institute.  His former students are enrolled at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Berklee School of Music in Boston.   Graduates of Mike's studio are also signed recording artists on the Patuxant Record Label.

Mike was honored at The White House by President Obama for achievements in Heritage Music Instruction, Summer, 2008, and is listed as a ‘teacher of note’ within 27 counties in SWVA by  Virginia’s The Crooked Road organization.


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.

Board member,\: Virginia String Teachers Association, International Bluegrass Music Association, 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

good so far
Lorraine Drake, Verified Student
July 5th, 2018
very good
Lorraine Drake, Verified Student
June 21st, 2018
Mike Mitchell is a great teacher! My granddaughter loved the lesson and is looking forward to her next! I highly recommend Mike Mitchell!
Cheryl Farley, Verified Student
June 27th, 2018
so far good
Lorraine Drake, Verified Student
June 7th, 2018
great lesson. Learned a lot.
Art Gibson, Verified Student
March 15th, 2018
So fun to see real progress as we work through the Mair mandolin book. With Mike's encouragement and support I am finally learning to read music!!! I look forward to each week's lesson!
Pearl Luongo, Verified Student
February 26th, 2018
He's punctual,organized and provides individualized lessons and exercises.
Barbara Rzesutock, Verified Student
February 8th, 2018
Each lesson provides the insight and guidance needed to keep improving.
Barbara Rzesutock, Verified Student
January 4th, 2018
He knows what he's talking about.
Barbara Rzesutock, Verified Student
December 14th, 2017
His comments/feedback and homework plan is working wonders on how I sound.
Barbara Rzesutock, Verified Student
November 16th, 2017
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