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  • BRANDON ACKER

    Guitar Masterclass

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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, ALEC:

    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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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, BRAEDON:

    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 thoroughly enjoys teaching and approaches learning an instrument with passion to cultivate and nurture an intimate connection to the instrument and music. The importance of theory, technique, and musical understanding is incorporated in every lesson ensuring practicing and playing becomes a pleasure. Braedon, like many guitarists, had his roots in rock and roll but now holds MM in Lute and a BMA in Classical Guitar and Composition. As an RCM teacher, his students have received superior ratings and scoring with distinction.  Instruments are vehicles of expression for the soul, the whimsical, and the folly.

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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, DEANNA:

    DEANNA teaches Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Folk, Singing/Songwriting, Pop/Contemporary (all levels.). She also teaches Fingerstyle Acoustic for beginners.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Deanna is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. While teaching, she believes that a “learning by ear” approach is a fundamental aspect to guitar playing and songwriting. She helps train her students’ “musical ear” using songs they wish to learn and through these songs she teaches chords, rhythm, strumming patterns, fingerpicking/picking, and songwriting/performance skills. She’s a patient teacher with students of all levels who are wishing to learn either acoustic or electric guitar and for those who are inspired to write and perform their own material.
    A prolific songwriter, her original music beautifully blends downtempo beats with organic instrumentation, creating emotionally captivating music that has been resonating with audiences across the globe. Deanna’s polished musicianship, modern production techniques and compelling songwriting emanates a maturity and sophistication that spans across electronic, R&B, neo-soul, jazz and orchestral territories. Following the success of her highly acclaimed EP “half and half”, Deanna unveiled her single “Lately”, an alluring neo-soul track featuring D.Lylez (a top 24 contestant on The Voice season 18). Her next single is soon to be released and more are to come.
    Deanna has seen success performing to sold-out venues and festivals across the map, such as Summerfest, CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35. She has had the pleasure of opening for renowned artists including Jamie Cullum, Bonobo and SG Lewis, as well as Raveena, Mother Mother and Yoke Lore. The composer has recently explored more commercial work, scoring for both feature & short films, as well as composing music for podcasts, animation videos, and even a Starbucks ad. One of her original songs, “A Beautiful View” is in the new feature film “Tom of Your Life”.

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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, JEFF:

    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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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, MARCUS:

    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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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, SALOME:

    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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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, MARISA:

    MARISA IS FULLY BOOKED. Please have a look at our other Classical Guitar teachers.
    MARISA teaches Classical Guitar (age 12 and up) and Music Theory (age 18 and up), all levels.

    She can teach in English, Spanish, and Italian.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Marisa is a classical guitarist based in Chicago. 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 2019, she won 1st prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, and performed in Amsterdam and Salzburg in the winner’s concerts. She also was the Diploma prize winner in the 2021 Tabula Rasa International Guitar Competition and won Honorable Mention in the Society of American Musician’s national competition in 2018. 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 the guest performer 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 is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and holds the Associate Instructor position in the classical guitar department. 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, receiving a Diploma di Merito, and at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, Italy in 2018. Past and current teachers include Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Senio Diaz, Paola Coppi, Oscar Ghiglia, Richard Matthews, Petar Jankovic, Daniel Duarte, Sergio Assad, and Ernesto Bitetti. Marisa plays on custom-made rosewood guitars by Marshall Brune and James Baur.

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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, JONATHAN:

    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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  • YOUR WEEKLY TEACHER, NANAE:

    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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