Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Frostburg State University. Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Towson University. Todd has over 20 years’ worth of music teaching experience. Specializes in Classical Guitar, but also teaches Rock, Punk, Pop, Indie, Funk, and Folk guitar.
Studied rock and blues with Andy Jones, jazz and classical with Scott Elliott, jazz with Paul Wingo and classical with Troy King.
Had master classes with Paul Galbraith, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Rene Izquierdo, Matthew McAllister, Meng Su, Uros Baric, Allan Neave, Peter Stewart, and Irina Kulikova. Attended the Camino de Artes Guitar Workshop, in Carrion de los Condes, Spain and the Classical Guitar Retreat on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland.
Todd has over 25 years performing experience in a variety of styles, including big band and combo jazz ensembles, classical chamber ensembles, folk bands, and many original rock bands and musical projects. Todd is currently active composing, performing and recording for his original instrumental project Pergola, as a solo classical guitarist and as part of a mandolin and guitar duo called Duo Dyad.
Todd teaches steel string acoustic, electric and nylon string guitar. He also teaches beginners bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin and cello, as well as classical guitar ensemble and music theory. Todd welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels and looks forward to collaborating with you on your musical journey.
Windsor "Tito" Pediford holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from an education shared between Julliard and City College. Tito is proficient in acoustic and electric bass, piano, all African and Latin percussions, vibraphone, trap drums, programmable synthesizers, as well as writing and arranging for brass, reeds, strings, chorus, and rhythm sections. Coming from a family heavily involved with music performance locally, nationally, & internationally, Tito was afforded the opportunity to perform with people such as: Miles Davis, Mongo Santamaria, King Curtis, Mandrill, G.Q, Change, Jocelyn Brown, LeRoy Burgess, Amel Larrieux, and others. Tito has toured around the world and across the U.S. He has led 3 bands of his own, 2 of which were published, and he was a side man for a host of disco records in the 80’s. Tito loves to push his students to reach their full potential with music!
Patrick Smith is a composer/guitarist/teacher based in Maryland. Although Patrick's passion for guitar performance started at an early age, his interest in composition began to emerge as an adolescent in the form of songwriting. As a guitarist in various bands throughout his young life, Patrick performed an eclectic variety of styles (mostly classic rock, pop, blues, progressive rock, etc.) and could often be found taking on the principal songwriting responsibilities, writing guitar-centric songs in the style of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen.
As his musical interests widened, Patrick found a new passion in the composition of art music. He studied composition under Dr. Anna Rubin and Dr. Linda Dusman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and studied classical guitar under Dr. Zane Forshee. Patrick's music has been performed at UMBC’s Livewire Festival (an annual New Music festival), Carroll Community College faculty recitals, and he has worked with ensembles such as Baltimore’s SONAR New Music Ensemble. His music explores various areas of compositional interest including timbral variety, extended instrumental techniques, imitative counterpoint, and non-functional tonality.
Equally present in his musical life, Patrick has been teaching privately since his early 20s. He has established a reputation as a meticulous, careful instructor who values the individual musical personality of each student, and provides a respectful, productive atmosphere for musical growth. Patrick has been an adjunct music faculty member at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD since January of 2010, and has been a guitar instructor at Mike’s Music since January of 2010.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in music composition from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May of 2015 where he was also recognized with the 2015 Music Achievement Award, as well as the award for Outstanding Student in Music Composition for 2015.
Kevin Alexander has been playing music for over 15 years. He graduated in 2014 from McDaniel College with a degree in Music, specializing in Theory and Composition. Kevin first discovered his love for music after learning guitar at age 11, and has since added bass, piano, ukulele, and other instruments to his repertoire. Though he primarily considers rock and alternative to be his favorite music, he has performed and studied a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, funk, country, and even mariachi. His favorite part about teaching is being able to share his passion for music with others. After teaching at Mike's Music previously in 2015, Kevin is happy to rejoin the Mike's family!
Garrett has been performing across Maryland, DC, and Virginia for 10 years and teaching students of all ages for 7 years. He started with the guitar as a self taught enthusiast in his teenage years but soon realized the value of instruction and the time saved by lessons.
Garrett studied with award winning guitarists Denis Azabagic and Mark Edwards before being accepted into the studio of Julian Gray at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2017.
The most valuable lessons he learned with these leading musicians is self reflection, assessment, and the importance of imagination and visualization.
Ultimately, a student is their own teacher six days of the week; learning how to learn is the longest lasting lesson on any instrument or any field. This is the true value of art and developing one's own creative abilities.
Garrett teaches the fundamentals of all styles of guitar, and more advanced lessons are available for Classical guitar, Spanish, South American styles, and modern acoustic guitar.
Nik started playing the guitar at the age of 8 at a little known local music store called Mike’s Music. Under the direction of Steve Colón, he studied a wide berth of genres and techniques ranging from the dizzying harmonic complexity of jazz to the impressive technicality of metal and instrumental rock. He has also studied the electric bass with Andrew Freed for upwards of 3 years, learning funk, soul, and jazz in the style of Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and many other influential bassists. Nik plays electric bass live nearly as much as he plays guitar.
Nik loves listening to and playing music from a large assortment of genres including progressive metal, jazz, rock, R&B, funk, and soul just to name a few.
Nik’s learned technical ability, proficiency in music theory, and performative prowess displays the epitome of what Mike’s Music’s lesson program strives to achieve.
Stephen Darling has been playing music for over 10 years, first starting out on trumpet in grade school throughout into college. He taught himself how to play guitar after taking a guitar class in his freshman year of high school. He also taught himself how to play piano in high school. He graduated from Anne Arundel Community College in 2022 with a A.A in Music with a focus on Jazz on guitar. Throughout College he took many music classes to refine his skills on piano and guitar as well as music theory. He loves working with musicians at all levels of experience in jazz bands and rock bands. Stephen is a new teacher who is looking forward to teaching and influencing musicians at all levels.