A native of Colorado, Mike started playing the guitar when he was 18. One semester from graduating with a degree in advertising, and thankfully with the unflinching support from his parents, Mike decided to study music. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s degree in music in classical guitar, and an as-yet unused Bachelor of Science in journalism.


During college, Mike had the opportunity to play many genres with various musician in the Denver metro area. His time at CU also afforded him the honor and transformative experience of studying with the legendary educator and guitarist Dale Bruning. Mr. Bruning became a role model, not just as a guitarist but as a human being.

After graduating from CU, Mike moved to Seattle, where he joined the Hal Sherman Big Band and formed the Mike Hyland quartet. He then set to work earning a Master’s degree in education while working at a tremendous elementary school in Seattle — University Child Development School. In three years of teaching at the high-caliber school, Mike learned from truly master teachers and honed his craft in education and instruction.

Mike moved back to Colorado and earned another degree from CU: a Master’s in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy.  He now lives in Denver where he teaches private guitar lessons at his home studio, Metropolitan State University and the University of Colorado Denver and plays gigs with a variety of bands. Mike tries to find time to practice between yard work and taking care of his dog, Leo.