Michael May lessons are centered around the idea of providing students with accurate information and the development of best practices. Michael strives to listen carefully to his students so that he can understand and help them reach their goals and objectives. Beginners can expect to focus on basics, such as reading, posture, picking and strumming, interpreting chord symbols, interpreting chord diagrams, and playing first position chords. For more advanced students, its important to have a short interview to find out the direction they want to go in, but generally, they can expect to learn about improvisation using rock, blues and jazz styles.

Group Lessons are available through Michaels “Kickstarter Guitar” Program.

Kickstarter Guitar is a group guitar class for adults. This is a six week course designed for beginners with little or no experience playing the guitar. The focus of the class is to empower potential students of the guitar by giving them access to a knowledgeable and qualified instructor, accurate information and access to an instrument .

Upon completion of the class the student will have a firm grasp of basic musicianship, the ability to play “first position” chords and the ability to play simple songs on the guitar. Those who are interested in further study are encouraged to continue lessons with a qualified instructor of their choosing. Call Cadenza music at 651.644.3611 for more info.

Michael believes that all his students have the ability to express themselves to some degree on the guitar, his goal is to help them as best he can, using his experience and knowledge of the instrument.

To set up a lesson time please call 612|597|7783 or email


Lessons take place at Cadenza Music in Saint Paul. Lessons can also be arranged to meet at my home studio or your home.

Introduction for new students:

Hi, my name is Michael May, I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for over 20. I

got my first guitar when I was 12 and performed for the first time in public at 15. I have experience

playing many popular forms of music including Rock and Blues. The focus of my studies for the last 15

to 20 years has been Jazz Improvisation and Music Theory.

My Philosophy towards Teaching:

I teach so that I might help others, beginners in particular, to get off to a good start with accurate

information and a solid basic understanding of the guitar. My students hire me to help them reach

their individual musical goals and they have the depth of my experience at their disposal.

Fee Scheduling:

All lessons are paid for in advance. Lessons are $60 per hour. Students purchase lessons in

“blocks” of 4 lessons at a time. One “block” of lessons is $240.00. If a student wishes to continue

studies, then another “block” of lessons is purchased on the 4th or final lesson. There are no refunds

for paid lessons; however, pending lessons will be honored at anytime.

Attendance Policy:

Student must call or contact me by phone 612-597-7783 or email michaelhmayjr@gmail.com to inform me

of a cancellation at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson in order to avoid having to forfeit and

pay for the lesson.

Special Considerations:

I am sometimes asked to travel out of town to perform. During those times, I will inform all students

who would be affected by my absence by email. All students will receive an email confirmation of their

lesson time by or before the Monday preceding the scheduled lesson time. If you are interested in

signing up for lessons please forward the following information to: michaelhmayjr@gmail.com

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