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    ALEC teaches Classical Guitar, Music Theory, and Arranging, all levels.
    He also teaches Fingerstyle Guitar, Ukulele and Composition (beginner-intermediate).
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Alec is a passionate and dedicated guitarist, composer, and teacher, who’s “depth of musical sensitivity is allied with technical clarity, coupled with warmth and generosity” (Ken Sugita, Violinist French National Orchestra-Lille). 

    A winner of the 2016 MU Emerging Artist Competition, Alec has performed solo concerts all over the world including the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He gave his international debut in 2015 when he was invited to perform and give master-classes as a guest artist at the Zobel Gitarrenschule in Bad Nauheim Germany and his performance at The Benton Club in St. Joseph Missouri was critically acclaimed to be “a highlight of the concert season, [and] a resounding success” (President, Missouri Music Hall of Fame). 

    Alec received his Bachelor in Music from the University of Missouri where he attended as an Evans Scholar and studied under Anthony Glise. He completed his Masters in Guitar Performance from McGill University in Montreal, QC, where he studied with world-renowned guitarist Jerome Ducharme. Additionally, throughout his formal years, Alec has attended and performed in countless master-classes where he took lessons from some of the world’s leading guitarists including David Russell, Jason Vieaux, David Leisner, Jorge Morel, and Martha Masters. A dedicated teacher, Alec has accumulated over 6 years of experience both as a school teacher, and a private guitar instructor. Teaching students of all ages and skill levels, Alec is devoted to bringing inspiration to all his students through sharing his knowledge and love of music.

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    ALI teaches Oud, Classical, and Jazz guitar (all levels). He also teaches Arabic/Middle-Eastern styles. In addition, Ali teaches Music Theory and Solfege.
    Ali can teach in English, French or Arabic.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Ali is a guitarist and oud player based out of Montreal and Cairo. He is an active performer, teacher and composer with a professional career spanning two decades, which include performances in Egypt, Canada, U.S.A. and cruise ships touring the Bahamas and the British Isles. He composed and recorded soundtracks for various films and series.

    Born and raised in a western-influenced society in Cairo, his early influences were rooted in rock and blues. With a growing interest in jazz he moved from Cairo to Montreal where he immersed himself in Montreal’s vibrant and multicultural music scene.

    He was featured as ‘artist of the month’ in the December 2010 issue of Community Times Magazine, Egypt’s foremost community information magazine.

    In 2013 he brought his Montreal-based trio to Cairo to perform a tribute concert to the music of Hamza El Din and the Nubia at the Cairo Jazz Festival. The trio included Thomas Durant on drums, Mike De Masi on upright bass, and Hamza El Din’s nephew singer/oud player Karam Mourad as their guest artist.

    In 2015 he formed his trio consisting of himself on oud, Mike De Masi on upright bass, and Joseph Khoury on oriental percussion. The trio performed regularly in various venues in Montreal, exploring original compositions by Ali which are partly inspired by classical Arabic music while incorporating African, jazz and Latin influences, as well as his arrangements of pieces from the classical Arabic repertoire and more contemporary middle eastern compositions. Over the course of four years the trio developed their sound as one unit, where their musical interplay seeks the right balance between well-grounded arrangements and envelope-pushing improvisations.

    In 2019 the trio released Ali’s first album ‘Ela Mataa?’.

    In Canada, he performed with various projects in Montreal at the Festival Du Monde Arabe, the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, the Festival Sefarad, the Festival Nuits D’Afrique, as well as with several flamenco groups and at tango milongas, and he performed in Drummondville at the Mondial des Cultures Festival. In Egypt, he performed with his jazz trio at the Jazz Mania Festival at the Salah El Din Citadel, and he performed at the Cairo Opera House.

    He recorded all guitar parts on the soundtrack of Tamer Ezzat’s “The Ring Road”, a feature film at the Cairo Film Festival, for music by Tamer Karawan. He composed and recorded music for “Their Feast”, a short film by Reem Morsi and presented by the London Film School. He recorded music for “The Door”, a short film by Reem Morsi, for music by Ava Kibalian.
    He holds a Licentiate degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, one of Canada’s top music institutes, and a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Jazz Studies from Concordia University.

    He studied jazz guitar with some of the top jazz guitarists from the Montreal jazz scene such as Kenny Bibace, Carlos Jimenez, Greg Clayton, Gary Schwartz, and Michael Berard. He studied jazz music with some of the top jazz musicians from the Montreal jazz scene such as Remi Bolduc, Kevin Dean, Fraser Hollins, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Charles Ellison and Dave Turner. He studied oud with some of the most accomplished oud players around the world such as Simon Shaheen, Charbel Rouhana, Nicolas Artuso, Khalil Moqadem, and Alaa Saber. He studied Arabic music with Simon Shaheen and classical guitar with Tariq Harb.

    Ali loves teaching music as much as he loves playing it. As a music teacher, he tries to inspire in his students the love he has for music, and to share his passion for playing the guitar and the oud. Since every student has different goals and needs, Ali tailors the lessons accordingly and enjoys the challenge that comes with every different situation. Therefore, students of all levels are welcome (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

    Lessons can be devoted to anything from learning how to play simple songs and melodies to more advanced and in-depth topics such as:

    – Music Theory: scales/modes/chords/maqams/intervals and the relationships between them all.
    – Technique: playing with a pick/risha vs. fingerstyle, sound production, rhythmic ability.
    – Developing improvisational language.
    – Studying different styles & techniques of guitar/oud players.
    – Improving sight reading skills.
    – Exploring different styles such as rock, blues, jazz, Arabic/middle-eastern and classical music.
    – Developing an efficient practice routine with good practice habits and proper technique.

    Students may book lesson time slots other than the ones listed on the calendar after consultation with Ali.

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    BRAEDON teaches Renaissance Lute, Baroque Lute, Baroque Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Fingerstyle Acoustic, and Music Theory (all levels.)
    He also teaches Mandolin for beginner & intermediate levels.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Braedon, like many guitarists, had his roots in self-taught rock’n roll but now holds a Masters in Lute/Historical Plucked Strings and a Bachelors in Classical Guitar and Composition. As a performer, Braedon has had a range of musical experiences from festivals, solo recitals, chamber groups, and large orchestras to rock bands, bluegrass groups, and other various gigging opportunities.
    As a passionate teacher, Braedon cultivates and nurtures an intimate connection to the instrument and music. The importance of theory, technique, and musical interpretation is incorporated in every lesson ensuring that practicing and playing becomes a fulfilling pleasure. For Braedon, instruments are vehicles of human expression, from the whimsical to the folly, and looks forward to sharing that journey with you.

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    JEFF teaches Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&B, Funk, Pop, Music Theory & Composition, Jazz Theory & Arranging skillset (intermediate to advanced).
    He also teaches beginner Fingerstyle in the following styles: pop/folk/brazilian.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Jeff has been teaching and helping students learn in the Chicagoland area and beyond for over a decade. In addition to maintaining a private in-person and online studio since 2008, he has been a faculty member at Christopher Laughlin School of Music, Joan Stegmann’s Academy of the Arts, and suburban staple Hix Brothers Music. Also a previous member of Foundations of Music Jazz Clinic Quartet, Jeff has performed and given workshops in many of Chicago’s public and private schools. Along with teaching locally, he has also been a featured clinician at universities and schools across the country including Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Colorado Boulder, Northern Illinois University, and Denver Schools of the Arts. Through teaching strong fundamentals and embracing each student’s individuality and passions, Jeff’s studio has had a wide array of successes seeing former students go on to study and perform professionally.

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    MARCUS teaches Classical Guitar and Latin American Guitar (all levels).
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Marcus completed his BM Classical Guitar Performance at Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying guitar under Paul Henry and Denis Azabagic. He’s participated the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin, and William Kanengiser and, for many years, was a private student of Sergio Assad.  In Cordoba, Spain, Dunleavy has studied with Larry Coryell, Manual Barrueco, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Odair Assad and Leo Brouwer.
    Marcus has performed professionally as a soloist and in ensembles for the past 20 years. He’s been featured in the Chicago Latino Music Festival, at many venues throughout Chicago and has given concerts in Spain, Central America and Japan.
    Marcus has crossed boundaries with a wide array of collaborators. In 2006, he released his third CD Emerge, which was broadcast on WFMT and has drawn praise from legendary Jazz Fusion pioneer Larry Coryell: “With beautiful technique and a deep and spiritual heart, Marcus shows us the way of the new generation of classical guitarists…” His guitar is featured on the debut pop album of 2010’s American Idol winner Lee Dewyze.

    In 2008 he released his fourth CD Two To Tango with Cuban violinist Cristian Blanco performing the music of Astor Piazzolla. Marcus has played with Grammy winning Bandoneonista Raul Juarena in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires. Other notable Latin collaborators  include Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, Chicago Latin Jazz violinist James Sanders. International Committee of Artist’s for Peace credits include performing with Larry Coryell on his guitar quartet arrangement of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, a Citizen Musicians festival with cellist Yo Yo Ma and as an accompanist for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and The Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
    While maintaining a private teaching studio, Marcus also remains active as a composer.  His piece Gassire’s Lute was broadcast on the internationally syndicated radio program “Fiesta!”  and choreographed by Cuba’s National School of Ballet for the 2016 Chicago Latino Music Festival. His multimedia setting of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry was presented Collaboraction Theater’s 2018 Encounter festival. Currently, Marcus is involved in the study and propagation of Brazilian Choro and Samba, as a regular performer with the Chicago Choro Club.

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    SALOME teaches Music Theory, Lute, Vihuela, Classical Guitar, Latin American, Venezuelan Cuatro, and Voice (Early and Classical Music), all levels.
    She also teaches Fingerstyle Acoustic for beginner and intermediate levels.
    She does not teach Baroque Guitar.
    She can teach in English and in Spanish.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Salomé is a music teacher native of Venezuela, who recently became an American citizen. Salomé holds a master’s degree in music, majoring in classical guitar (MTSU) and a graduate diploma in voice and lute (Longy School of Music). Salomé has taught private and classroom lessons in Spanish and English for over 20 years, with a strong emphasis on parent/student co-teaching and learning, social outreach, and technology. In addition to singing in church services, Salomé’s specialty is singing and self-accompanying with different kinds of guitars and lutes. As a teacher Salome loves tailoring lessons to fulfill the needs of a diverse group of students, using the latest technology to appeal to younger generations as well as giving students live performance experiences. Believing that it is never too early or too late to learn a musical instrument, she thrives on helping students succeed in their personal and academic goals. She understands that every student learns in a different way, and bases her teaching on the different sensory styles of learning. She believes that with patience and fun educational exercises, learning music is possible for anyone.

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    BRIAN teaches Classical Guitar, all levels. He also teaches Music Theory.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Brian is a classical guitarist and guitar teacher from Chicago, IL. He has a degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he studied with Denis Azabagic and Paul Henry, and performed in master classes for Jason Vieaux, Sergio Assad, and Nigel North. He has also performed in master classes in Cordoba, Spain for Roland Dyens and Leo Brouwer.

    Brian has performed solo guitar recitals throughout the Midwest, and has been a featured performer on several concert series in Milwaukee and in Chicago. Other musical activities include performing as a classical guitar soloist, as an accompanist to choirs, and on international tours in several countries including New Zealand, Australia, and the Atlantic provinces of Canada. He has performed chamber music with musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed as an accompanist to vocalists.

    An avid teacher, Brian’s students have won competitions, scored well on graded exams, and given successful performances. His students play pieces from a wide variety of composers, including Bach, Tarrega, Barrios, and Brouwer.

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    Marisa teaches Classical Guitar (age 12 and up), Composition and Music Theory (age 18 and up), all levels. She can teach in English, Spanish, and Italian.Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Since placing in over 15 international competitions, Chicago-born guitarist Marisa has emerged as one of today’s most exciting young artists to see perform live. Born in the United States of America from Italian parents, she holds a dual-citizenship and is an active musician in the Italian and American music scenes. She began playing at the age of 4, and at a young age, she started competing in and winning local competitions.

    In 2022, she was one of the only classical guitarists to win 1st prize in the New York Laureate International Music Competition. In 2021, she won 1st prize in the Twisted Spruce International Music Competition. In 2019, she won 1st prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition and performed in Amsterdam and Salzburg in the winner’s concert tour. She also was the 2nd prize winner and only American competitor in the 2021 Tabula Rasa International Guitar Competition, 2nd prize winner in the IYMC International Classical Music Competition, and 3rd prize winner in the University of Memphis International Guitar Competition.

    She has performed in numerous venues in Europe as a guest soloist, including the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, San Simone church, and Accademia Chigiana concert hall in Siena, Italy, and various venues in Milan, Italy. Marisa was also selected to be a guest artist for the 2022 season at the Chicago Guitar Festival, and she was the guest artist for the 2018 season at the Associazione Culturale Alirio Diaz Concerto di Chitarra in Costacciaro, Italy.

    She has also performed in multiple operas as the on-stage performer, including Beatrice and Benedict and Le Avventure du Roi Pausole. Marisa will be releasing her first album with Frameworks Records in the summer 2022, which will include works by Sor, Mertz, von Sehrwald, and more.

    In addition to performing, Marisa is also an active teacher. She held the Associate Instructor position for classical guitar at Indiana University and is the classical guitar and music theory instructor at Arpeggiato Music School. She teaches in English, Italian, and Spanish to an international student body.

    Marisa is currently pursuing a postgraduate Performer Diploma at New England Conservatory. She received her Master of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2022. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 2020, and she also studied at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy in 2018, being the youngest person that year to receive a Diploma di Merito, and at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, Italy in 2018. Past and current teachers include Eliot Fisk, Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Senio Diaz, Paola Coppi, Oscar Ghiglia, Richard Matthews, Nathan Fischer, Daniel Duarte, Ernesto Bitetti, and Sergio Assad. Marisa plays on custom-made rosewood guitars by Marshall Brune, Wilson Burnham, and James Baur.

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    JONATHAN teaches Early Plucked instruments (theorbo, guitars, vihuela, lutes), Classical / Acoustic (Fingerstyle) guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory, Songwriting, Bass and Electric guitar, Music Theory, all levels.
    Jon also offers beginner
    Sitar/Indian Classical Music classes.
    He can teach in English and Spanish.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Jon is a specialist in plucked string instruments, is a native of New York, and currently based in Madrid. He started his musical studies at the age of 10. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar and Ethnomusicology and a Masters Degree in Historical Plucked String Instruments, both from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University as well as, the completion of the “formación continuada” program at Escola Superior de Music de Catalunya.

    Jon has been teaching private and classroom lessons for over 8 years. Having a diverse musical background and upbringing allows him to tailor lessons for individual students of all ages, musical interests, and skill levels.

    He has studied with world-renowned lutenists such as Nigel North and Xavier Diaz Lattore. His previous teachers include Petar Jankovic, Christopher Gotzenberg (Classical Guitar), Ikhlaq Hussain (Sitar), and Steven Rickards (Voice).

    Jon has experience performing historical plucked string instruments, such as theorbo, lutes, vihuela, 5-course guitar, and 4-course guitar, in addition to acoustic/electric/classical guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, sitar, and bass.

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    NANAE teaches Classical Guitar (all levels.)
    She can teach in English and Japanese.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Japanese guitarist, Nanae, has traveled all over the world with her guitar. She shares her music and practice tips on Instagram where she has over 30K followers. She has performed in various cities in Spain, Germany, Kansas City, New York City, and throughout the greater Chicago area. She is the founding member of Lyra Guitar Quartet, a board member of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, and an Ex-Aequo artist.

    Nanae received her Bachelors in Music with highest honors, summa cum laude, from Northeastern Illinois University. She completed her Masters in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Alicante, Spain, where she studied with Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Assad brothers, Fabio Zanon and Ignacio Rodes. Her journey of classical guitar began at Harper College, under the tutelage of Steve Vazquez. She now teaches piano, ukulele, and guitar at four different music studios throughout the Chicago area. She has accumulated 8 years of teaching experience for students of all ages and levels. Nanae is endorsed by Augustine Strings LTD. She uses Augustine Imperial Reds on her guitar made by Richard Bruné.

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