Ideal Music Lessons was started by founder, Mike Salow. Having taught in-home music lessons for close to a decade, Mike decided to start his own in-home lessons company in early 2018 after the sudden closure of McNally Smith College of Music, his previous place of work. The company started as Lessons With Mike LLC and grew to over 40 students. This forced Mike to hire on new teachers and would ultimately lead to the creation of Ideal Music Lessons. Learn more about Mike below.

What Set's Us Apart?


Many in-home music lesson services seem to lack a sense of community. At Ideal Music Lessons we strive to bring our students and teachers together through recitals as well as other events like Halloween parties or summer barbecues. All students have recital opportunities 2 to 3 times a year at a top of the line venue in Fridley, MN. Redeemer Lutheran Church provides an outstanding recital experience through the use of their massive stage, pro sound/lighting, and video/audio recording capabilities. We've even had students perform over Skype via the gigantic video monitors on stage!

The Ideal Way


At Ideal Music Lessons we believe that happy teachers make even happier students. This is why we pay our teachers more than other companies as well as providing commissions and incentives for other tasks like signing up students for recitals or bringing in new students. We want to empower the Twin Cities music scene so that it may flourish and prosper for generations to come. 

Founder, Mike Salow


Mike Salow is a multifaceted musician with over 20 years of playing experience. He graduated with honors from McNally Smith College of Music receiving a B.M. in guitar performance with a music business minor. Mike has been teaching music for over a decade and taught as part of the guitar department faculty at McNally Smith College of Music from 2013 - 2017. He currently teaches instrumental music at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, an arts focused high school in downtown St. Paul.

Find out more about Mike at www.LessonsWithMike.com or at www.mikesalow.com.

We’d love to hear from you!

Minneapolis, MN | info@idealmusiclessons.comTel: 651-300-5353



Monday-Friday 8:00am-9:00pm

Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-9:00pm

Lesson hours may vary depending on teacher availability.



Monday-Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm

Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Office hours may vary depending on day of the week. Please leave a detailed voicemail if we are not available.

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