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Hello! Welcome to my private guitar lesson studio. I look forward to meeting the needs of each student.
Background and credentials:
I am a graduate of The University of Minnesota Duluth's Jazz Studies program with a Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota. I have been a member of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Music Faculty going on fourteen years and have also taught at a number of regional music retail stores and academies. My UMD courses, Pop Styles Guitar and Jazz Styles Guitar are a very popular elective among university students. With over thirteen years teaching experience at the University of Minnesota Duluth and over 20 years experience performing regularly with a wide variety of groups I've honed my musical craft.
I've performed and recorded with a number of groups including The Duluth Bigtime Jazz Orchestra, The Dukes of Hubbard, Clockwork Jazz, No Wait Wait, Hattie Peterson, The Hoot Owls and The Fractals along with performing solo American classic fingerstyle guitar. My musical tastes are broad and varied.
Playing guitar is an adventure!
I enjoy helping my students reach their personal goals and encourage them to be the best musician they can be. There is much personal fulfillment to be discovered through learning to play a musical instrument. In an age where so much culture revolves around material goods, immediacy and looking outward for entertainment I enjoy helping my students realize the intrinsic value and rewards that can be gained through the dedication and practice time it takes to master their instrument. You get out what you put into it. Learning to master an instrument is not something one can buy. It takes personal dedication and determination. I encourage my students learn the value of doing something for themselves. This can be a very rewarding experience. And quite addicting!
Feel free to contact me at this number and email address with any questions regarding lessons or to make an appointment. For information on rates and my Personal Studio Policy click here. You may also check my Availability Page on this site to view my schedule and available lesson times.
Students may also register through the UMD Fine Arts Academy (A non-degree granting Community Music program). UMD students may choose to register for my Pop Styles Guitar (MU1398) and Jazz Styles Guitar (MU 1396) courses at the University of Minnesota Duluth for lessons during the daytime while UMD is in session.
Be sure to check out my bands The Fractals and Fuzzy Ellis.
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