Michael Kotur was born the youngest into an extremely musical family. He studied piano formally from ages 6 to 13, and acquired his first guitar 2 years later. By his 21st birthday, he was touring with American Entertainment Productions based out of Columbus, Ohio. After nearly 3 years of this, he then received a full music scholarship to Central State University.
Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies. He studied there with James Smith, who was also the jazz guitar professor at CCM. Upon completing his degree, he has played thousands of gigs in vastly diverse genres, including jazz, blues, funk, folk, rock, and country. His diverse playing experiences allow him to relate to any aspiring guitarist.
Michael took his first student in 1986. Since then, he has taught well over 55,000 private music lessons spanning 29 years. He has devoted his occupational life to expanding his students well being, as well as his own. His curriculum is highly individualistic, allowing the student to point the direction of study.