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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, ALEJANDRO:

    ALEJANDRO teaches Oud, Electric and Acoustic guitar (jazz/rock/pop), Music Theory and Composition, all levels.
    For beginners, he also teaches Fingerstyle Guitar (folk/pop/Latin), Ukulele, Classical Guitar and Banjo.
    He can teach in English and Spanish.
    Each lesson is 55 minutes.

    Alejandro is a multi-instrumentalist performer and teacher. Born to Venezuelan and Colombian parents and raised in Miami, he has called Chicago home since 2010.
    Alejandro studied jazz guitar in college but attributes much of his skill to the knowledge he gained on the bandstand. He has performed in a wide variety of musical settings; from heavy metal bands, to experimental jazz combos, to traditional Classical Arabic ensembles and orchestras.

    Most recently, he was on the national tour of the Tony Award winning musical The Band’s Visit as the musical swing covering oud, guitar, darbuka, riq, and frame drum.
    Before going on the road, Alejandro taught as a guitar and oud instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music and in Chicago Public Schools through Ravinia’s Reach*Teach*Play program.

    His teaching philosophy is to find what interests and inspires his students and build a method based on solid musical foundations to help them explore those interests. Whether it’s developing better technique, learning music theory, or composing, Alejandro guides his students through these subjects with the ultimate goal of helping them find their own musical voice.

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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, 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, 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, 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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