Mike Varden

Mike Varden – Guitar Teacher

Mike  set up Ennis Guitar  School in 2003 after graduating from The Guitar Institute London. He is also a qualified secondary schoolteacher . He holds a B.A. H.Dip. Ed having graduated from U.C.C.

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He is vastly experienced in teaching and playing guitar and is presently involved  in the running of the school full–time. He teaches guitar group classes to all age groups in all styles of contemporary music both here at EGS and in a number of Primary schools in County Clare.


Mike designs, delivers and continually evaluates all the guitar music programs taught here at the school.  The course manuals used by the school were written by him based on the course he completed at The Guitar Institute and from several years studying and teaching guitar to all age groups. He is constantly looking at ways to improve the learning experience and innovate our teaching methods.


He believes that mastering the right information in the right order is the key to success in music. These fundamentals are the elements that are presented in our courses and teaching methods. Mike loves the challenge of seeing students succeed and he is passionate about what he does.


Mike has performed as a solo act, in an acoustic ensemble and in an electric rock/blues based band on and off over the years. Mike’s main musical tastes are in acoustic fingerstyle , blues, rock and funk/jazz fusion styles of guitar.

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