Local Resources

Guitar Shop: Kirkpatrick Guitar Studio

Offering classical guitars exclusively, which range from world class concert instruments, to entry level guitars and undersized instruments for children.
Also, sheet music, CD's, strings, all accessories, and instruction. Operated for over 20 years by Mike Kirkpatrick, former president of the BCGS.
Visit our Baltimore location at 4607 Maple Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21227, 410-242-2744, mike@kirkpatrickguitar.com, or order online, http://www.kirkpatrickguitar.com  
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Guitar Shop: Los Angeles Classical Guitars

Los Angeles Classical Guitars is a dedicated dealer of Entry & Concert Classical Guitars, as well as a retail store of a wide selection of Sheet Music, Strings, Books & Accessories. LACG is also the exclusive U.S. distributor for the ErgoPlay Guitar Support.

In addition, LACG Editions specializes in publishing classical guitar music by up-and-coming and internationally recognized artists such as, AlmaNova, Carlos Rivera, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, Taro Wayama & Billy Arcila. We make this great music available either as printed or as downloadable PDF.
Please visit us at www.lacg.net to view our extensive selection of products, or if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (626) 529-0147. 
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Teacher: Baltimore School of Music

The Baltimore School of Music is a private, locally-owned center for music education.
We offer private lessons in guitar, ukulele, bass, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and piano. With an emphasis on classical guitar, guitar lessons are a wonderful resource for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players of any age looking to advance their skills. Lessons focus on musicainship, technique, note reading, solo playing, and ensemble skills.
Contact us at 443-687-7000, frontdesk@baltimoreschoolofmusic.orgor visit our website for more information: http://www.baltimoreschoolofmusic.org.
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Teacher: George Pleat

Start your journey with classical guitar lessons and enrich your life with music, do not wait any longer.
• Develop playing abilities at own pace on 6-string or 8-string guitar. Play a solo or duet guitar piece in front of family and friends, from beginning to end.
• Develop guitar skills for advanced level that includes visualization and reading music.
• Prepare confidently for playing in public.
George Pleat offers beginners classical guitar lessons for children (older than 6 yrs.) and adults in and around Columbia, MD. He is a trained guitarist in both Suzuki and Shearer methods.
For more information and contact www.georgepleatguitar.com or 410-802-6215,  guitarpleat15@gmail.com
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Teacher: Jeremy Lyons

Jeremy Lyons has been teaching classical guitar for the past ten years to students of all ages and abilities. He has experience teaching students privately, in group settings, and leading ensembles of various sizes. Lessons emphasize technical development, rhythmic control, musical expression, and knowledge of music theory. Although specializing in classical guitar, Jeremy has experience in various styles of guitar playing and students are welcome to explore any genre of music during lessons. His approach aims to develop a well-rounded musician and his experience working with children makes him an ideal choice for parents interested in enrolling their kids in music lessons.
Located in Baltimore city, Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and he also earned a master’s degree in guitar performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco. Currently, he is completing a second master’s degree in musicology and a doctor of musical arts degree at Peabody under the instruction of Manuel Barrueco.
In addition to teaching, Jeremy performs as a soloist and with his duo partner Soprano, Lisa Perry in the Baltimore area and beyond. He is also an active member of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble where he performs on Baroque guitar, lute, bandora, and viola da-gamba.
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Teacher: Patrick Kisicki

Patrick Kisicki is a guitar teacher located in Carroll County. He holds a degree in music education from Towson University, where he studied classical guitar with Michael Decker, and participated in guitar ensembles under the direction of Troy King. He currently teaches guitar lessons at Coffey Music and Carroll Community College-both in Westminster, MD. Kisicki teaches a variety of styles including classical, rock, blues and finger-style. He is available for both half hour and hour private lessons, ages 7 and up. All levels welcome.

For more information:
Patrick Kisicki
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Teacher: Deborah White-Bondhus, pianist

Deborah White-Bondhus has operated at piano and music theory studio in Laurel and Columbia for the past 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Piano Performance and Education. She previously taught for the Prince George’s County Public Schools and the Arch-Diocese of Washington. Her studio is located in Columbia and has a separate computer theory lab for the use of the students. Her students enjoy a wide variety of opportunities, including, piano performance, competitions, festivals, in-house theory classes and recitals, composition, improvisation, outreach recitals and church performances.
In addition to her teaching Ms. White-Bondhus is on the Board of Directors of Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association, past MSMTA Theory Chair, Vice-President of Publications, and GLMTA President and is currently the Treasurer of Greater Columbia Music Teacher’s Assoc. and Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association High school Examination Chair.
Ms. Bondhus is currently a guest soloist and accompanist at Glen Mar United Methodist Church.
Contact if interested

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Teacher: Jorg Rio

Jorg Rio is a classical guitarist who currently lives and teaches in Baltimore and New York, commuting bi-weekly between the two cities. His main teaching studio is located in scenic Fells Point, where he teaches 4 days a week.
With over 15 years of university and private teaching experience behind him, he has formed his own unique teaching method called the Zen Method of Classical Guitar. He has studied at Juilliard, Indiana University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For more information about lessons in Baltimore, please go to his website at http://baltimoreclassicalguitar.com or call 917-725-4169
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Teacher: Frank Dalzell

I've been playing guitar since I was nine and piano since I was fifteen.  I studied with numerous private instructors and at Towson University.  My most influential classical guitar teachers included Ray Chester and Franco Platino.  Among my jazz instructors were Ed Stringer, Gus Harris, Hank Levy, and Greg Hatza.

I teach classical and jazz guitar.  I also teach bass and piano, as well as music theory and arranging utilizing the latest PC technology.  I see between 40 and 50 students a week and welcome all ages and experience levels.
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Composer: Garth Baxter

Garth Baxter is noted for his modern traditionalist style of writing, a style that combines the traditions of form and clear melodic writing with the use of contemporary approaches to harmonies and other elements. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946 and grew up in California where he earned music degrees from Pepperdine University and California State University at Northridge. He studied composition with Robert Hall Lewis, Joseph Wagner and William Thornton. He studied guitar with Ronald Purcell and David Underwood. His compositions have been performed throughout the world. His music is published by Columbia Music Company, Les Productions d’OZ, Mel Bay Publications, Alry Publications, Voices of Training, and Guitar Chamber Music Press. Mr. Baxter is on the music faculty of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

He has written a number of works for guitar: including pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, several guitar quartets, a number of songs for voice and guitar and several pieces for flute and guitar.
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Composer: Kevin Cope

Composer of music for classical guitar as well as many other instruments, Kevin is the recipient of the 2011 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for music composition.  He is also an active performer and teacher in the Delaware area.  His music can be previewed and purchased at: www.kevinjcope.com
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Composer: Andy Mitchell

Andy Mitchell (MM, BM: The Peabody Conservatory of Music) studied classical guitar with Frank Koonce, Julian Gray, and Nathaniel Gunod, and studied composition with composer Chen Yi.
Andy's music has been performed internationally and has been recorded on “Chimaera” (Desert Shadows
Publishing) and by Valerie Hartzell on “Ex Tenebris Lux” (Soundset Recordings.) He has received recognition in Classical Guitar magazine, the Washington Times, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, and his music
has been used as required guitar repertoire for the National Federation of Music Clubs competitions. His recordings have been aired on the Dayton Public Radio program “The Intimate Guitar” and his compositions have been performed live on public radio and TV, including performances on NPR and Fox News.
Andy writes exclusively for solo guitar, and his music can be sampled and purchased at:
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Performer: Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman is a classically trained, professional guitarist, with over 20 years of experience providing music for weddings, receptions, corporate and special events, in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Ben has performed thousands of gigs over the years in a broad variety of styles. His professional activities also include a full-time teaching schedule and a recording career, having produced three CDs. Ben has been honored many times for his achievements on the guitar, including a feature in Guitar Player magazine and winning Best Instrumental Musician in the Music Monthly Readers' Poll.

Contact:  410-259-4982 or ben@benshermanguitar.com

Website, with soundclips and more info: http://www.benshermanguitar.com/classical

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Luthier: David J. Pace

Luthier/ handmade classical guitars: David J. Pace
An independent artisan workshop dedicated to the design and construction of classical guitars, as well as restoration and repair of fine or historic instruments. Located in Baltimore. Please visit the shop via appointment. 
Tel: 410-967-4698
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