Mike Barrows earned a bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He has had a passion for music his entire life which began at the age of 6, in the form of piano lessons from his mother, a Master Organist. He then discovered the alto sax in 5th grade and played through his senior year in high school. He competed in solo and ensemble performances from 5th grade through 12th grade, and began competing in region and jazz region competitions in high school. Mike began playing the guitar in 9th grade and quickly developed a connection with the instrument. After learning from friends and teaching himself through books and by ear for a few years he began taking lessons formally at age 17. His first teacher introduced him to jazz, blues, and music theory and this has been his true passion ever since.
Mike has played in and been the leader of blues bands, classic rock cover bands, jazz bands and duos and has performed solo as well taking freelance gigs such as weddings and funerals throughout the past 17 years. He has also played in worship bands at various churches in Houston and is currently the guitarist in the worship band at Emmaus Road church in Katy, TX. Mike has been teaching privately for 14 years and has taught at Guitar Center in Katy Tx for the past 5 years. He has a passion for teaching guitar and has taught hundreds of students of all skill levels from beginner through advanced and all ages from 7 years old to adults. He also teaches beginner piano lessons to children and adults.
Mike is ready to help you start your musical journey, or help you rediscover your passion for music and continue to grow as a musician.