Mike Bates


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Manager of Institutional Solutions
Company Name
Yamaha Corporation

Mike Bates is the senior member of the Institutional Solutions Group in the Keyboard Division of Yamaha Corporation of America. Over the last 28 years with the company, Mike’s career has included nine years as the general manager of the Music Education Division. In his long career with Yamaha, he has been responsible for numerous special projects on behalf of both Yamaha and the music industry, including working on the team that developed the music and arts advocacy materials created by NAMM/MENC in the early 1990's. Mike was also on the small team that developed the initial Technology Guidelines for Music Educators, published by MENC and was a founding board member of The Technology Institute for Music Education (Ti:ME).