Michael Menard is an accomplished classical guitarist and guitar teacher with the ability to play and teach many styles of music. Michael is also a successful bandleader and guitar player in several local rock bands. Michael holds a M.M. and B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota Michael studied guitar with Jeffrey Van and James McGuire. Upon receiving his Masters Degree, Michael was asked to return to teach at the University of Minnesota, and continues to do so. He also teaches guitar at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury, Eden Prairie High School, the Saint Paul Conservatory, and of course McNally Smith College of Music. Michael operates his own teaching studio for students of all ages. In addition to teaching, Michael plays at a variety of venues all over the Twin Cities, leading and playing guitar in the popular rock bands Young Lust and The Notties. In 2009 Michael served as Band Leader for the local production of Power Balladz.