Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Mark has a varied background in the music business. Growing up in the Metro Detroit area he spent many years teaching (he started teaching when he was only 16) and he played in bands in popular clubs all over Southeast Michigan and the Midwest.
Mark attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA studying guitar, arranging and composition and graduated from one of the first classes from Musicians Institute (then called the Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood, CA. There he was introduced to guitar technology and some of the earliest effects processing devices and guitar synthesizers.
After graduation Mark continued to teach while working in a music retail store in Southern California. It was there that the president of Roland found Mark demoing guitar technology products to customers and asked if he would like to start doing clinics and seminars.
Accepting the offer, Mark traveled extensively in the US and Japan conducting clinics on guitar technology products and was one of the first product managers for Roland’s line of guitar synthesizers. Along with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers) and a team of guitar playing engineers they created products like the Roland GR700 and G707 guitar, the Roland GR300 and then the highly complex GM70. Mark has also worked for KORG USA, Avid/Digidesign and also designed a monster four channel all-tube guitar amp. He also worked as the Worldwide Pro Audio Manager for Apple at their Cupertino HQ and also at Apple's EMEA HQ in London, UK.
Mark’s music projects include film and television scores with his partners at Hex Orchestra including composing the opening title for a recent Martin Scorsese film. He also plays with his jazz trio Scared of Spiders as well as performs as a solo artist in and around the Bay Area.
Always open minded about his students, Mark enjoys teaching beginners through advanced students of all ages, particularly focusing on students who want to expand their knowledge of music, the fingerboard, and improvisation. His approach to teaching is adaptable to the students needs as he embraces traditional and non-traditional methodologies.