Guitar Lessons - Private Instruction Ages 6 - Adult
Learn Finger and Pick-styles for Classical (nylon string), Acoustic or Electric guitar (steel string).
About Guitar lessons:
Reading, Rhythm and Retention, what our instructors refer to as “The Three R’s of Guitar”, are essential to success on any instrument. Students will learn to develop these skills through fun and stimulating lessons that are crafted to suit their specific needs. Students not only learn to play on their own, but with the instructor, developing the know-how to continue learning and collaborate with others.
All lessons include:
- Any style of music from Classical to Contemporary.
- One-on-one instruction crafted to help you develop your techniques correctly.
- Learning to play your favorite song, riff or guitar solo.
- Developing a strong foundation of skills with any style of music including sight-reading, ear-training and music theory.
- 30 minute lessons are recommended for young children 8 - 11.
- 45 minute lessons are the perfect length because they allow appropriate time for learning new material, teacher demonstration and recapping previous lessons. Recommended for 12 and up.
- 60 minute lessons are great for building or expanding repertoire as well as for students who are serious in pursuing guitar and music through high school and beyond.
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About Our Guitar Teachers
Tony Rizzoto, Guitar
Tony Rizzotto comes from a rare breed of musician having become an accomplished performer, arranger, composer and pedagogue. As a performer he has performed all over the United States with the Ingrid Gerdes Band and B-Suite, a talented Boston cover band that he managed and arranged music for 5 years. In the fall of 2011, over 11 million people heard Tony perform on the Thanksgiving DayTony Rizzotto comes from a rare breed of musician having become an accomplished performer, arranger, composer and pedagogue.
As a performer he has performed all over the United States with the Ingrid Gerdes Band and B-Suite, a talented Boston cover band that he managed and arranged music for 5 years. In the fall of 2011, over 11 million people heard Tony perform on the Thanksgiving Day special of NPR’s “All Things Considered" and was called "Incredibly Inventive" by WBUR's Radio Boston. His compositions and arrangements have been heard in as wide a range of venues as National Public Radio, the Fenway Center, and Pickman Hall.
As a teacher, Tony is a devoted pedagogue, and has studied Teaching Artistry with some of the most fascinating musicians and teachers of the 21st century including teaching artist guru Eric Booth, world-renowned Flutist Marco Granados and Dr. Judith Bose.
Tony holds a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Longy School of Music where he had the privilege of studying guitar with David Patterson. He as participated and performed in master classes with David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Berta Rojas, David Leisner, and Marco Tamayo. Many of his teachers have been some of the last direct pupils of the Spanish Maestro Andres Segovia.
Robert Bekkers, Guitar
Born near Eindhoven, Netherlands, Robert Bekkers discovered his love for the guitar at an early age; his early music education included recorder, French Horn and Trumpet, the guitar entered when he turned 14 with a self-constructed instrument. Robert earned his performing and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Maastricht. During the seven years there, he won a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy. He has received master classes for internationally-known guitarists such as David Russell and Pepe Romero as well as many others.
After his education Robert developed his career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing with orchestras, choirs, and giving solo recitals. His recent performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Eureka Ensemble was well received, as was his performance with the Unitas Ensemble, with whom he played Danzon nr. 3 . Currently Robert is completing his Doctor in Musical Arts (DMA) in classical guitar at the New England Conservatory under Eliot Fisk.
As a teacher he is affiliated with the nationally renowned South Shore Conservatory in Hingham (MA) as well as at the faculty of Gordon College in Wenham (MA). Currently Robert is writing a method for young aspiring guitarists, which is expected to be published sometime this year.