I’m now an ambassador for an organisation called eStaccato, who provide a platform through which I can provide live 1-to-1 lessons. The eStaccato technology allow us to to do live distance lessons, without all the audio problems associated with Skype – it really is the closest thing possible to an in-person experience. Simply follow the link above and create your eStaccato account, then connect with me through that site. This might be especially of interest to students who have previously purchased products on Mike’s Masterclasses and would now like some follow-up assistance with the material. If you’d rather, drop me a line on here via the contact form and I’ll help you. JT

My pre-recorded video products are available now at www.mikesmasterclasses.com 

You can see what customers are saying about them on my ‘Testimonials’ page.

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Teaching FAQs:
1. How much do you charge?

‘In person’ lesson pricing – Sheffield, UK: (GBP Sterling)

60 mins        £40

90 mins        £50

eStaccato lesson pricing:

The online lesson price is slightly higher due to the commission/connection charges and VAT involved and, if you’re outside the UK, they will change in line with the Sterling exchange rate. You get more than just the one hour of my time, though – I’ll supply detailed notes on whatever we cover in the lesson, and I’m available to answer follow-up queries via email as well.
60 mins        £45


2. Can you send me bespoke pre-recorded videos?

Unfortunately, this is not a service I provide. One-to-one teaching is a personal, interactive thing for me – if you can’t visit my studio in person, let’s do the next best thing! If it’s recorded material you’re after, my Mike’s Masterclasses products cover a very wide range of topics these days.

3. Do you take on beginner students?

I’m always very keen to hear from anyone with a genuine interest in playing jazz, regardless of level. Lack of experience is no obstacle really and, although it probably helps if you’ve done a bit of general guitar playing before we tackle the jazz stuff, it needn’t be a problem if you haven’t. 

4. Whereabouts in Sheffield are you?

My studio is located in a quiet residential area of Sheffield (S10 postcode), with plenty of on-street parking. For obvious reasons, I don’t give out the full address until shortly before our appointment.

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Finally – I know there are lots of great teachers around these days, but there’s so much clickbait now as well. “What I Know You’re Doing Wrong, Even Though I’ve Never Met You…” would probably do wonders for my YouTube views, but that’s never been my style.
When you book a lesson with me, you can be assured of the following:
  1. I’ve taught at major UK institutions for more than 17 years, so I now have many former students who are now working professionally across the music industry, several of them enjoying genuinely international careers.
  2. I regularly get up and practise what I preach in front of live audiences, with all kinds of ensembles. I don’t teach anything I haven’t used myself in a real-life situation and I firmly believe you shouldn’t say it unless you can play it.
  3. I try my best to give you the long-term answers so that you can go forward on your own, believing that a good teacher should aim to make his/her students self-sufficient as quickly as possible. You choose when you want another lesson, with no obligation to return.
  4. I tailor my teaching to each individual pupil. All my 1-to-1 lessons are inspired by what I hear coming from your guitar.
  5. I always try to generate a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to learn.

If that sounds appealing, then I’d love to hear from you – with no obligation, of course.


Again, you can see comments from some of my satisfied customers on theTestimonialspage.

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I am very happy to be associated with a number of music institutions, both online and offline, as it were!

I am a principal lecturer in jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music, the UK’s largest music college: www.lcm.ac.uk


…an eStaccato ambassador…


…a visiting instrumental tutor at the University of Leeds


…and at the University of Sheffield


..and, last but definitely not least, I’m very proud to be associated with www.mikesmasterclasses.com