Our Teachers    


Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar

Mike Salow is a multifaceted, award-winning guitarist 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. To learn more about Mike go to www.mikesalow.com.


Mike is a high-demand teacher and can only take on a select amount of new students each year. If you are interested in taking Lessons With Mike please make a special request when signing up with Ideal Music Lessons or email Mike directly at info@lessonswithmike.com.

Joe Lundy
Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Drums, Bass

Head Instructor

Joe has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has been teaching for over a decade. He is a well versed guitar, piano, drums, bass, and ukulele instructor. He plays a variety of genres from funk/jam band to reggae to progressive metal. Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Saint Cloud State University and continued studying Guitar Performance at McNally Smith College . He has years of experience working with kids teaching private lessons and has owned and operated the Kracker Jacks Drumline since 2015. No matter the time of the day, Joe can be found spreading the word: “Music is a language we all know how to speak. Some of us just don’t know it yet.”

Justin Brown
Piano, Trombone, Trumpet

New to the Twin Cities area, Justin has spent the last fifteen years following his passion in music. As a performer, he has been the Principal Trombonist of the Fox Valley Symphony in Aurora, IL, been a member of the Kings Brass performing concerts and recording albums, was a free-lance musician in the Chicago-land area, and has composed and recorded multiple albums of his own music. As a teacher, Justin has taught all ages, worked as an Assistant Choir Director at middle schools and high schools, was a band director for fourth through eighth grade students, has adjudicated for All-State Band selections in Illinois, and has been an assistant trombone instructor at the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp. Outside of music, Justin enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, Frisbee-golfing, and brewing coffee.

Caleb Geary


Elliott Bonner 
Saxophone, Clarinet 

Elliott, a native from Saint Paul, has been making music since he was in grade school. He realized that music would be his craft while attending Arlington Senior High School under the tutelage of W Rayford Johnson. Elliott went on to attain his Bachelor's of Science in Music Education while studying under Dr. Douglas Snapp, Dr. Amy Roisum-Foley, and Dr. Paul Moxness at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Today, Elliott teaches privately, both saxophone and clarinet lessons. He is also a professional musician, playing events throughout St.Paul and Minneapolis. Musical heroes of Elliott include James Brown, various Motown artists, Kenni Holman, Denis DiBlasio, and Sonny Rollins. He has shared the stage with greats like Gordon Goodwin, Andy Martin, and Kevin Mahogany.

Want to teach for Ideal Music Lessons?
We are always looking for exceptional teachers, especially if they play/teach multiple instruments.
Email your resume to info@idealmusiclessons.com.



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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