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A graduate of Hope College in Psychology and Music, James Lenger has been teaching guitar and bass professionally for 21 years and has given over 65,000 lessons during that time. After years of touring with The Green Room, James founded Guitar Cities in Chicago. James uses a unique, cerebral approach to teaching the guitar and bass guitar, which is catered to the each of the student's goals and tastes, making it a fun and personable experience. Since starting the school in Chicago, he has expanded the schools to New York, San Francisco, and London.
James instructs in Chicago and seasonally in the other Guitar Cities locations.
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Anabelinda de Castro, a native of Baltimore, MD, holds a MM in piano performance. As a prizewinner in many local and international piano competitions, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC at the age of 11 and gave her first solo concert in the Philippines at the age of 14. While pursuing her piano performance degrees, Miss de Castro completed additional studies in jazz piano and organ and collaborated with esteemed musicians, including members of various symphony orchestras in the NY metropolitan area and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is continuing her musical studies on a scholarship in NYC, where she is an active performer and dedicated teacher. Anabelinda teaches all styles of piano.
Originally from Switzerland, Davide Pezzini graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in bass performance and arranging & composition. He's been teaching bass and guitar for over 10 years. Davide tours nationally with several tribute acts and plays locally with many singer/songwriters.
Davide instructs in Chicago.
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Joe Shimmin studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, where he gained a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and Production. He has played in a variety of projects, such as Musical Theatre, televised charity events and studio sessions. He currently performs jazz and world music and leads his own Jazz Quartet, playing at bespoke events across London. His friendly, relaxed, yet methodical teaching style has benefited countless musicians from all ages, styles and abilities.
Joe instructs in London
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Alessandra Levy is a musician in all genres of music and multi-instrumentalist from New York. She attended The University of Miami's well-known Frost School of Music for Studio Music and Jazz Performance for Voice as well as continuing her previous studies on upright/electric bass and piano. Since graduating in 2011, she has moved back to NYC to gig in several bands, choirs, touring the northeast and Europe, as well as working in the studio for recording. Alessandra has worked with notable artists as Ben Folds, Jon Secada, Sharon Jones, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, and many more.
Alessandra teaches piano, bass, beginning ukulele, and beginning guitar.
Forrest Weeks is an award winning graduate from Columbia College Chicago in downtown Chicago with a BA in music/ instrumental performance. He is an experienced performer and instructor and has been playing guitar for over 17 years in addition to instructing guitar for 7 years. Forrest teaches all styles of guitar with an emphasis on rock/metal, classical, jazz, sacred/gospel, and blues. A link to his website can be found here.
Forrest instructs in Chicago.
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James Hanna has been an active teacher, composer and performer for or over fifteen years. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a degree in classical guitar performance, James was the recipient of the Albert Augustine scholarship. Previous teachers include world-renowned performers David Starobin and Oren Fader. He has participated in master classes with Manuel Barueco, Ana Vidovic and the composer Richard Danielpour among others.

A well-regarded performer, James has toured the world several time over. Regularly giving concerts of his original music throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His original music has been featured in television and movies such as Suits (USA), Ugly Betty (ABC), and Skins (MTV).

James has been teaching students of all ages and skill levels a wide variety of styles from pop to classical to rock guitar since 1999. He believes that every student has individual needs and that the teacher's primary is job tailor the lesson in a way that is fun, informative and inspiring.
Troy received his BFA in music performance, and has since toured in most of the United States as well as Mexico, Kenya, and Australia. He predominantly performs as lead guitarist with 'St. Van Cortlandt & the 101', 'Marcellus Hall', and as a freelance guitarist with several other New York based artists. He has performed on and executive produced numerous albums and currently works as the main session guitarist for the Pilcrow Media record label here in NYC.
Troy instructs in New York.
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Marcel received his Bachelor's degree in Performance from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with Matthew Garrison, Esperanza Spalding and Anthony Vitti among others. Since then he has toured nationally as a guitarist and bassist with productions of the shows "Cabaret" and "Bye Bye Birdie," as well as having appeared on numerous recordings. Marcel has been teaching both guitar and electric bass for seven years.
Marcel instructs in New York.
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Dan DeWitt began playing guitar in 1995 when his parents bought him an electric guitar. His early tastes included classic rock, blues, and jazz and within his first few months he was experimenting with slide guitar, effects, and taking the BART to San Francisco and Berkeley to perform in the streets to overcome his stage fright. Dan received his BA in Music from Sonoma State University where he studied classical guitar with Tom Leisek. In the 2001-2002 school year Dan participated in the CSU study abroad program and was given a chance to study classical guitar with Professor Andreas Higi at the Staatliche Hochsschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany and travel Europe with a mini disc recorder doing field recordings of every musician he encountered. Dan began performing and teaching professionally upon his return from Germany in the summer of 2002; his career has taken him from playing dive bars in blues and rock bands to the most prestigious wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties as a classical guitarist. Dan teaches all styles of guitar and electric bass and likes to balance theory, technique, and ear training with improvisation and having fun. Click here to watch Dan perform.
Dan instructs in San Francisco.
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Versatile guitarist, tutor, songwriter and producer Sven Sauber has years of experience on the bandstand as well as in the classroom. Through a multitude of qualifications - including a first-class honours Degree in Popular Music Performance from the London College of Music, various Diplomas from the Luxembourgish Conservatoire and the Luxembourgish National Diploma of the Educator - Sven is able to create an individualised lesson plan tailored to each student's needs. Furthermore he is active as a session and studio musician, with a musical background ranging from rock, pop, folk to jazz and fusion. He can be seen performing with To Arms Etc and the Sven Sauber Trio.
Jonas instructs in London.
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John Barbush has been playing drums for over 25 years and has played professionally for over 15 years. In addition to private study with percussion master Rupert Kettle from 1998-2005, he has extensive experience as a bandleader and as a member of a collaborative group. Through diverse experiences with many different bands John is comfortable with many genres of music including rock, jazz, reggae, second line, blues, R&B, and pop. He is currently a member of Chicago favorites Lowdown Brass Band, and Akasha, as well as working as a freelance musician. John has experience as a private drum instructor and has taught group clinics in Chicago area school districts. In July 2013 John was a featured clinician for a program sponsored by Alaska Public Media and the Anchorage Music Co-op.
Dan Larson received his Bachelors of Arts in Music with a focus in Classical Guitar in 2007. He has studied in Cordoba, Spain at the Festival Internacional de la Guitarra/Cordoba where he attended Master class study with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and Pavel Steidl. Dan was also granted a scholarship to study at the Conservatory in Santiago de Compostela, Spain under Jose Luis Rodrigo. Currently, Dan gigs with his band Conductive Alliance and has received his masters degree from Roosevelt University where he studied with Denis Azabagic.
Dan instructs in Chicago.
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Tim Norton is a multi-instrumentalist native to Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the renowned Berklee College of Music and has received several scholarships. In recent years, Timothy has worked with such notable artists as Ralph Peterson, George Garzone, Danilo Perez, Vitali Imareli, Jimmy Greene, Joe Lovano, Julian Shore, Godwin Louis, Darren Barrett, Alan Palmer, Cedric Hanriot, Josh Evans, Alex Conde, and many more. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree Timothy has been touring with several bands, playing at clubs and major jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe. When Timothy is not playing he spends his time composing music for his own group and teaching music to others, sharing his gift of music with the world.
Tim instructs in New York.
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Scott Williams was raised in Naperville, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, and developed an interest in music at an early age. He began studying the piano at age 6 and violin at age 9, and thanks to the influence of artists such as Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans he began directing his studies toward jazz.
Scott's early music education came at the Grammy Signature Award winning music department of Neuqua Valley High School under the direction of Charles Staley and Jonathan Lauff. There he studied music theory and performed for 4 years with Neuqua Valley Jazz Orchestra. In addition to winning the school's 2004 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Scott also was named to the IMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble in 2003 and 2004, and played with the Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage where he had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Jamie Aebersold, Victor Goines, Terell Stafford, and Mark Colby.
Scott began studying jazz piano with Chicago-based pianist Larry Novak when he started attending DePaul University in 2004; he also received classical instruction from Jupiter Trio pianist Aglika Angelova. While playing for DePaul's Jazz Orchestra in 2005 and 2006 under the direction of Kirk Garrison and Tom Matta, and the critically acclaimed DePaul Jazz Ensemble in 2008 led by Robert Lark, Scott has also been fortunate enough to receive instruction from Tim Coffman, Bob Rummage, Mark Colby, Bobby Broom, and Bob Palmieri. In 2007 Scott joined the Frank Catalano Band and has had the opportunity to open for Stanley Clarke at the Blue Note in New York in March of 2007, and continues to perform weekly at Andy's Jazz Club and The Green Mill in Chicago with Mr. Catalano.
Scott currently resides in Chicago and received a BM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 2008. He has performed for many different groups ranging from the Deen Anbar Organ Trio, to La Costa Theatre's productions of "The Last Five Years" and "A New Brain," to solo piano performances for private events, while continuing his work as a private instructor for students of all ages since 2007.
Scott instructs in Chicago.
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David Agee was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He received his B.A. in Production Studies in the Performing Arts (Audio Engineering) from Clemson University in 2008. Upon graduating, he moved to Chicago where he received his M.M in Jazz Studies, Performance, from DePaul University in 2010. David is on faculty at Niles West High School as percussion instructor. As a freelance musician in the Chicago area, David performs with groups such as the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Lowdown Brass Band, and has played venues including the Green Mill, the Velvet Lounge, and the Jazz Showcase.
David instructs in Chicago.
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Brad Macdonald is a pianist and vocalist based in Chicago. He has played all across the country and abroad, performing with such renowned artists as Phil Woods, Jeff Hamilton, and Bobby Shew. Some recent accomplishments include being selected for the Jazz Institute of Chicago's NextGen Jazz Series in 2012, and being named as a part of the PianoForte Family Concert Series in early 2014. He has received his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College, and his Master's of Music in Jazz Composition from DePaul University. Brad instructs all styles on the piano.
Brad instructs in Chicago.
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