Mick Archer: Music Teacher/Voice Coach/Accompanist

Mick’s specialties include:

  • Beginning to advanced piano, guitar, bass, and voice coaching for children, teenagers, and adults
  • Retraining adults who wish to pick-up where they left off
  • Masters classes in jazz harmony and improvisation for professionals
  • Training professional entertainers to work in dueling pianos, rock bands, pop ensembles, or original acts
  • Celtic music for piano and twelve–string Irish tuned (D-A-D-G-A-D) guitar
  • Authentic blues and country styles for piano and guitar
  • Mick is also available to accompany singers and to help develop their acts

Mick is patient, courteous and encouraging. So, whether you are a beginner, a gifted novice or a professional, you can learn something of lasting value from Mick Archer, teacher of music.

Mick’s teaching background:

In addition to being a performer, songwriter and recording artist, Mick Archer has been involved in teaching music since graduating from The University Of Illinois at Chicago in 1980. He was a professional, union musician before even entering college and tested out of all freshman level classes because he had already mastered basic music theory during his 6 prior years of advanced piano lessons at The Amercian Conservatory, also in in Chicago. To augment his regular academic studies, Archer also took private lessons at the famous Alan Swain (a noted pioneer in jazz education at Northwestern University) School of Jazz in Evanston, Illinois. He also took some opera lessons at The Illinois Vocal Institute in Oak Park to develop his formidable breathing technique that has kept his voice healthy for decades of heavy use, and private jazz singing lessons with Faye Kaiser of Northwestern University.

Upon graduation Mick began giving group and private lessons at Lyon & Healy’s, a then much noted music store and school located in The Loop. But the road beckoned, so it was several years before Mick returned to Chicago to teach. He was on the faculty of The Old Town School Of Folk Music form 1982-84, then he opened up his own teaching practice at The Fine Arts Building on Chicago’s famous Michagan Avenue, the former home of The American conservatory, where he studied as a child.

It was there that Archer created one of the first programs that integrated elements of jazz, blues, rock and pop music into formal instruction. Teaching piano, guitar, bass and voice to students of all ages and levels, he developed a unique system for bypassing traditional reading skills and going directly to ear training and a comprehensive system of playing by chords instead of notes, in the manner used by most  non-classical musicians.

This system proved popular and kept Mick very busy teaching (groups and individuals in his studio or at their homes) while maintaining his busy performing and recording career.