Existential Banjo


Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka

Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


About Michael J. Miles



When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.





In this photo:  “Miles with students in American Folk Instruments class, Chicago.” 



"This class provided a successful way to play guitar.  Michael is a great representative for music education and why we teach."   S.C


"Michael was awesome.   In my wildest dreams, I never imagined being able to do all the things we did.    This class far exceeded my expectations."    D.M. 


As a guest clinician, Miles has taught hundreds of professional music educators in summer music programs at Villanova University, VanderCook College of Music, and West Chester University.


Guitar for the Non-Guitarist
(aka Beginning Guitar Skills)

For music teachers with no guitar experience to learn to use the guitar in the classroom.


Guitar Skills and Curriculum

For music teachers with some guitar experience to further develop their skills and to create a guitar instruction curriculum for their school setting.


American Folk Instruments & History

Learn basic skills on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica. Students also explore the grassroots American contexts from which these instruments emerged.  Students should have basic beginning guitar skills for this class.  You supply your own guitar and the universities supply the rest. Made possible in part by Deering Banjo & Old Town School of Folk Music.     


Music of the 20th Century

A decade by decade portrait of our time where students learn select repertoire for guitar and examine the historic context from which these songs arose.   Students are also invited to bring their primary instrument for some ensemble playing of this material.  


Songwriting and Composition
for Guitar Class

This class explores how to create new music with your students and to learn from how some of the masters approached their work.  No composition experience needed.  


"Michael Miles is a rare talent.   As a performer, he is outstanding.   As a teacher, he is inspiring. He knows how and he shows how."   
  - John Dunphy, Director, Villanova University

Music of the 20th Century class performs.