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Patrick Smith
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons

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.
Todd Shelar
Available for virtual lessons only

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.


Steve Colón
Available for virtual lessons only

Learn to play guitar with an accomplished classical, jazz and rock guitarist with an absolute passion for teaching! Steve has been playing since 1993 and started teaching soon after, so he’s picked up a few secrets along the way. He uses a very encouraging teaching style and supports the student's musical interests and goals.

Steve can teach all ability levels, from beginners to advanced players. He creates individualized lesson plans for each student and makes it a fun experience. He can teach almost any style of music: classic to modern rock, heavy metal, blues, R&B, pop, classical, jazz, folk and music theory and will teach you how to practice to reach your goals.

He has studied with some great teachers, like renowned pedagogue Ray Chester from The Peabody Conservatory, Michael Smith in New York while attending the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Robert Newman from Philadelphia while at Muhlenberg College, and Mark Elf out of New York City.

Steve’s been involved with the rock bands Mornin' Gloryz and St. Paul and has performed in Baltimore, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York City. He’s also played all around Baltimore with The Reisterstown Jazz Ensemble and currently performs locally as a solo act.
Tom Smok
Available for virtual lessons only

BA in guitar performance from UMBC where his focus was Classical and Flamenco guitar. Specializes in Gypsy Jazz but also has vast expertise in shred guitar and advanced guitar techniques in many styles both electric and acoustic, as well as music theory applied to guitar. He has been working as a guitar teacher since 2000 with various levels and ages. Also teaches bass guitar and mandolin.