GUITAR

SESSION STARTS - SEPT 11

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CLASSES : ALL LESSONS ARE ONE ON ONE

Pick a slot - 

  • Wed - 5 - 5:30 pm (FULL)

  • Wed - 5:30 - 6 pm (FULL)

  • Wed - 6 - 6:30 pm

  • Wed - 6:30 - 7 pm

  • Wed - 7 - 7:30 pm

  • Wed - 7:30 - 8 pm

  • 30 Min lessons - $160/4 week session

  • 45 Min lessons - $240/4 week session (Please email us to sign up for 45 mins lessons @info@academyofcreativearts.com)

Students of all levels and ages are welcome to sign up and cultivate a love for music.

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Instructor: Gene began the study of guitar at the age or 7 when his parents enrolled him in classical guitar lessons. After a brief hiatus from guitar, Gene returned to the instrument in high school learning electric rock guitar studying with a few private teachers before returning to his first love of classical guitar. He began his studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Sulaiman Zai and legendary cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. From there, he went on to get his Masters in Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying with Javier Calderon. During his time at UW, he was awarded the Rose-Palmai Tenser scholarship to study with The Juilliard School’s Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. During this time period, he was on the faculty of both Rockford College (Rockford, IL) and Clarke College (Dubuque, Iowa). Upon his graduation from Wisconsin, he traveled to Milan, Italy where he received his post-graduate Perfezionamente degree at the Civica Scuola di Musica studying with the great Italian master, Aldo Minella. During his classical studies. Gene kept up his electric and steel string acoustic playing and played in several local bands in the area. After he moved to Boston, he delved back into electric guitar, studying jazz with Sal DiFusco and fretboard theory and improvisation with Chris Buono.

Gene is fluent in several musical styles including classical, rock, funk, blues, jazz, pop, bluegrass and folk. He also teaches ukulele and beginning mandolin. So pick your instrument and Gene would be happy to help you achieve excellence in any of those string instruments... Happy Learning

DID YOU KNOW? - Music education and its positive effect on students -

Music is integral for children's academic development. Playing an instrument helps train children to remain focused for long periods of time. Studies have shown that studying music is linked to better academic performance as well - reading and playing music sharpens memorization and cultivates the desire to improve. 

Children who play a musical instrument over the course of a few years are more likely to excel in their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, and pursue further education. Not only does the simple act of playing an instrument improve technical coordination skills, but music engages areas of the brain that are involved with paying attention and making predictions.

Although playing an instrument can be a challenge, students acquire a sense of achievement after reaching their goals and will be driven to persevere musically as well as in other aspects of life. They learn discipline and the benefits of individual effort, and playing in group ensembles teaches camaraderie, interdependence, and the importance of individual responsibility. 

Payment and Missed Class Policy:

Training requires consistency in order to achieve the most benefit. However, we understand that students may occasionally need to miss a class. Use the following guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your classes at The Academy of Creative Arts. 

  1. Your fees are due on or before the first class in a month

  2. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card

  3. If you pay for several months in advance and cannot complete all months, we will refund months not used when notice is received before the beginning of the month

  4. If you or your child plan to miss a class - 48 hour advance notice is required - so another student can be accommodated - if the student does not provide 48 hour notice, student can coordinate the make-up class with the instructor.

  5. Your monthly fee pays for your space in class for the month. It is your responsibility to make up classes if you or your child miss the class.

  6. One makeup class will be offered each month. During any month that you are enrolled, you may make up a class by attending any other appropriate session (please coordinate with the instructor for scheduling the make up class). Make up classes should be completed within 60 days of missing the class. Fees for missed classes are not refundable.

  7. If you are having trouble scheduling a make up class, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you

  8. Class timings and schedule are subject to change

We wish you a wonderful learning experience - these policies are required so that we can be respectful of the instructors time and commitment.