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Making Every Lesson Count

Whether you’re looking for a serious commitment or simply want to learn something new and have fun while doing it, there’s nothing more important than being taught by an experienced Music Instructor. I’ve been offering my services to people of all ages since 1981, and I’m here to give you the personalized attention you deserve so that you can reach your full potential.


Patient, Focused & Experienced

I’ve been offering comprehensive and outstanding private lessons since 1981. My job is a passion for me, and it brings me joy to be able to share this passion with my students. From day one, they learn important foundational techniques to help them boost their skills and self-esteem. Each one has a unique learning style, and it’s my duty to find out what that is and adapt my lessons accordingly. Contact me today to learn how I can help you achieve your musical goals.

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"Mr. Mikel has been wonderful working with my daughter to help her find her learning style. It's been great to watch how he is committed to a good foundation with quality instruction and encouragement toward a love for piano and music."

Monica C.

"Mikel is a wonderful teacher who has the patience, great personality, and skills that a child needs in order to learn. He creates fun lessons in a safe environment. As a musician myself, I was looking for a unique person to teach my son piano. I was extremely relieved to find that Mikel is not only a skilled musician, but also personable. My son looks forward to piano lessons every week!"

Betsy J.

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  • Rates are for one lesson per week.

  • Thirty minute lessons are recommended for beginners

  • 45 minutes for intermediate

  • 1 hour for advanced students.

  • All Materials and Curriculum are Extra.

30 MIN.     $135 / MONTH

45 MIN.     $185 / MONTH

1 HOUR     $225 / MONTH

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Monthly rate remains the same whether there are four or five weeks in the month.

I have limited lesson times available. Call (479) 437-BELL or email today!

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Mikel began learning music at the age of four, with formal piano lessons starting at age eight. While attending public schools, he became accomplished on clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and percussion, eventually adding guitar and drums. He continued his education at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, where he studied piano with Nancy Matesky, and trombone with Barry Ehrlich. Mikel returned to school in 2004, and now holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Boise State University. There he studied composition with Prof. J. Wallis Bratt, played percussion in the BSU Symphonic Winds under the direction of Prof. Marcellus Brown, played piano and sang in the Jazz Choir, and sang in BSU’s premiere classical chorus, Meistersingers.


At the age of seventeen, Mikel began getting requests from classmates to teach them piano. He soon had more than twenty students. Alongside his other pursuits, Mikel has always kept a few serious students, and has recently returned his focus to mainly teaching. He has taught both out of his home, and in several studios, and has more than thirty-five years experience teaching piano, drums, trombone, saxophone, and guitar. He served as Composer-in-Residence for three years in the Marsing School District in Idaho, composing music for the high school and middle school bands and choirs. He enjoyed his daily time in the classroom, conducting those groups and interacting with the students.


  • Worship leader and church music director since 1981, and has written numerous worship songs.

  • Played keyboards and sang in several bands over the years. 

  • Producer/engineer at his own recording studio, where he recorded for local bands, and also produced radio commercials, and did some voice-over work.

  • A published composer, with more than forty works published through Lighthouse Music Publications in Ontario, Canada. These works include music for piano, including four piano sonatas, pieces for various instrumental ensembles, art songs, and choral works.

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