Classical Guitar Teachers

The instructors listed here are dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of Maestro Andres Segovia. 

The list of teachers is growing, but it may be that no one from your area is yet listed. If that is the case,  check with your local university or college to see if it offers instruction in the classical guitar style.  It is often the case that university music students support themselves by offering lessons to aspiring guitarists in the area.  Be cautious when seeking teachers at music stores or under privately published ads, such as in classified listings in newspapers.  Many instructors in those venues are highly qualified, but, all too often, their only credential is their own limited playing experience.

If you are a Classical guitar instructor, please email me: Frank LaMonica and I will publish a short description of you and your program, with an email link so that students may email you directly.

Thank you.

List of Classical Guitar Teachers in your area:



Mr. Matt Faunce
(520) 774-7453
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Matt Faunce has studied privately with many noted guitarists, including Javier Calderon. He has been teaching and performing professionally on the classical guitar since 1985, and, before moving to Flagstaff, had taught classical guitar exclusively for two years at Sherry-Brener in Chicago. Mr. Faunce offers his students a complete musical education. He has authored the book 'Sight Reading for Guitar', distributed in the U.S. by Carl Fischer, Chicago, and is currently working on 'Sight Reading CHORDS for Guitar' and '60 Original Progressive Pieces for the Absolute Beginner'. Mr. Faunce has performed at various venues in Michigan, Chicago Il, and Arizona.


Long Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Cerritos

Mr. Michael Nigro
phone:1 (562) 983-5626
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Michael Nigro began playing guitar at the age of 12.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Indiana University.  Michael stayed there for 2 additional semesters in the Performer Diploma program, and is  currently in the Masters of Music program at Cal State Fullerton.  Michael is currently in the process of recording a CD of Argentinian guitar music , performs frequently in the Long Beach and surrounding areas, and remains active in the guitar community.

Los Angeles, Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica


1) Ms. Kate Lewis
phone:1 (818) 585-9876
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Kate Lewis is an active performer and teacher in the Los Angeles area.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Southern California in 1998, and returned on a full scholarship to pursue her Master's degree in performance with an emphasis in education.  Kate has studied with many highly respected classical guitar teachers, and has participated in numerous master classes.  She was a prize winner at the 1999 American String Teacher Association Classical Guitar Competition. 

In addition to her faculty positions at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Valley College, Kate maintains private students of all ages ranging from beginning to advanced levels of proficiency.  Kate also serves on the board of directors of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), and is an assistant director of the GFA pre-college guitar education program.

2) Ms. Lynn McGrath 
Lorca Guitar Studios
(310) 889-7470
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Lynn McGrath began guitar lessons at the early age of 6.  Currently a Doctoral Degree candidate and an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Southern California where she received her Masters degree; Lynn has previous degrees in Education and in Spanish.  As a member of The Brouwer Quartet, Lynn performed at the 2001 Guitar Foundation of America International Festival and Competition,  The Skirball Cultural Center, The Los Angeles County Art Museum, as well as various other prestigious venues in Los Angeles and abroad.

Ms. McGrath has been teaching for over 8 years, and her students have been accepted by major universities.  A firm believer in the importance of early music education, Lynn has also developed a unique and creative program for teaching guitar to children between 3 and 6 years of age.

In addition to teaching students at the University of Southern California, Lynn has taught for the YWCA, The Fret House, and is the founder of Lorca Guitar Studios.  
 3) Mr. Craig Bickel
Lorca Guitar Studios
(310) 889-7470
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Craig Bickel is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in guitar performance at the University of Southern California where he has also held positions as Assistant Lecturer and Teaching Assistant. He holds a Masters degree in Music, Bachelors degree in Music and an AVCM in classical guitar performance.

Mr. Bickel performs regularly as a soloist and as a member of the Brouwer Quartet. Some of his performances include the following appearances: Orange County Guitar Circle Artist Series, Guitar Foundation of America, KMZT radio broadcast, Seattle Classical Guitar Society and CBC Radio.

Craig teaches students of all ages and abilities. 


4) Mr. Barry McNaughton
phone:1 (323) 376-5165 
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Barry McNaughton holds a Master of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he was a Teaching Assistant and full scholarship recipient.  In addition to performing as a soloist and ensemble player, Barry is an arranger and composer.  

Barry is currently recording a CD of eclectic solo music from around the world on six string, eight string and steel string guitars. This CD will include original compositions in addition to works by Dusan Bogdanovic, Hans Werner Henze, Michael Hedges and J.S. Bach.


Mr. Mark Sessler
phone:(415) 378-7377
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Mark Sessler received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has performed concerts throughout the United States, Australia and 10 countries in Africa as part of the United States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador program.


Mr. David Olson
phone:1 (707) 664-8638
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Mr. Olson holds both a Liberal Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He has performed in both solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States and has been teaching private and group lessons for the last ten years in classical and other styles of guitar.  Mr. Olson's teaching experience has been augmented by classes in pedagogy taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  David's teaching stresses that music  is a vital part of life and that making music should be a wonderful experience. He believes any person can learn to share the joy of making music, and that a good teacher can not only point students in the right direction,  but can help them develop the skills they will need to enhance their playing, while providing the motivation to make music an everyday part of their lives.



Mr. Rodolfo Betancourt
fax: (303)871-6886
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Mr. Betancourt is currently pursuing a MMA at Denver University and is a teaching assistant of Ricardo Iznaola. Prior to coming to Denver, Mr. Detancourt had taught privately in New York City and in Caracas, Venezuela. More information about Mr. Betancourt can be found on his web site:



Mr. Richard Provost
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RICHARD PROVOST is Professor of Guitar at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, and is the founder and former chairman of the guitar department at that school.  He has performed and conducted workshops at major colleges and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. These include appearances at: Guitar '84, Toronto, The Boston Guitar Fest, California Summer Arts Festival, National Guitar Summer Workshop, and numerous festivals sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America and The American String Teachers Association. He is the author of " The Art and Technique of Practice, and The Art and Technique of Performance" (GSP Publications). In addition, he has published numerous articles in both national and international guitar publications dealing with guitar pedagogy and performance issues.



Mr. Robert Phillips
301 E. Belmar St.
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone:   941-682-7698
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Mr. Phillips has been teaching for over 25 years. He holds a doctorate in performance from the University of Miami, and has concertized throughout North America and the Middle East. Mr. Phillips spent 3 years writing a classical guitar column targeted to educating rock players: "Guitar for the Practicing Musician".  During that time he also wrote more traditional columns for "Guitar's" sister publication, "Guitar Extra". He has contributed articles to "Soundboard" and "Guitar Player", and has had numerous transcriptions published by "Cherry Lane Music" as well as a massive anthology for Mel Bay Publications, "Great Themes and Variations for Classic Guitar."  Mr. Phillips has released 2 CDs, a contemporary one, "Guitarre Nouveau", and the 2 CD companion to his themes and variations book.



Mr. Keith Sullivan
Phone:   678-339-2994 or 678-838-0090
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Dr. Julie Goldberg
Chicago/ Evanston, IL

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Rock Island

Mr. Randy Pobanz
Augustana College
Dept. of Music
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Office: 309-794-7237
Home:   319-386-7286
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Efrem Taylor
288 Pleasant Pointe Dr. 
Lexington KY 40517

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Ms. Anne O'Connor
P.O. Box 234
Fitchburg, MA 01420
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Anne O'Conner has been teaching classical guitar for almost 20 years. She has a master of music degree in guitar from the University of Southern California and received her bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. She is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Fitchburg State College and the faculty of the Performing Arts School of Worcester and Pakachoag Community Music School. Anne is listed in the New England Foundation for the Arts touring roster, on the Massachusetts Cultural Commission's School roster, and has performed in master classes with many internationally famous guitarists.

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Mr. Angelo Cassar
1412 N. Parkway
Midland, Michigan 48640
Phone: 989-631-7128
Map to Guitar Studio
Mr. Cassar has studied the classical guitar at Wayne State University and at Eastern Michigan University.  He has taught guitar to private students in the Tri-City Area of Midland, Bay City, Saginaw since 1979,  and has taught both classes and private lessons at Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College to instruct students in the art of playing the Classical, Folk and Popular guitar styles.



St. Louis

Mr. Larry Bolles
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New Jersey


Mr. Thomas Amoriello
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Mr. Steve Gibb


Phone: 973-762-1316
Fax:    973-762-8214
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Middlesex County

Mr. Patrick Durek
Middlesex County, NJ
Phone: (732) 382-1417
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New York

New York City

Mr. Kevin Gallagher
Phone 201-791-4171

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Guitarist Kevin Gallagher holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School, and has recently performed Alice Tully Hall in NY with the New Juilliard Ensemble, in Portugal with the National Orchestra of Portugal, and in Spain with the Orchestra of Valencia. His album "Music from the Renaissance to the High Baroque" was released world-wide in November 1999 on Naxos records. He teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and lives in New York City. Kevin has his own website which he invites all interested people to visit.

West Babylon

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North Carolina


Mr. Kevin Dollar
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Mr. Chip Newton



William Jenks
PO Box 650
Aurora, OR  97002

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Inspired by the artistry of the greatest guitarist that ever lived, Andres Segovia, William Jenks continues to teach and perform classical guitar regularly in the Portland, Oregon area.  He began his classical guitar studies at Colorado Christian University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree.  Mr. Jenks went on to study at Portland State University..   William Jenks teaches from his studio and his home with students of many different ages and levels.




Jeremy Hutson
P.O. Box 704, 
Quarryville, PA 17566    
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Classical guitarist Jeremy Hutson is a performer, recording artist, internationally certified guitar tutor, and lecturer.  Mr. Hutson is currently on the faculties of: Philadelphia Biblical University, The Lancaster Conservatory of Music, and the Csehy Summer School of Music. He developed the guitar program at both the Lancaster Conservatory and the Csehy Summer School of Music and maintains a private studio in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. In 2003, he was elected a member of the Board of Directors at The Lancaster Conservatory of Music. Mr. Hutson is a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors, a registered Fretboard Logic instructor, and offers a comprehensive, certified curriculum for all styles of guitar instruction for students of all levels of ability. He holds a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music from Covenant College.  He also  has been a adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Music Teacher’s Association’s (PMTA) Dorothy Sutton Festival.  Mr. Hutson has given master classes, clinics, and lectures in schools and for various institutions and events. 



Brian K. Stuhr
3749 Beckman Drive
Memphis, TN 38135 MAP

Phone: (901)383-8304
Home Page:

Mr. Stuhr teaches private and group lessons in many styles, including classical.  He studied music at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1985 to 1989, and he has been teaching guitar since 1983



Mr. Hugh Chandler, (512) 832-6068
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Hugh Chandler lives and teaches Classical Guitar in North Austin and Round Rock, Texas. Mr. Chandler teaches all levels of Classical Guitar and has had extensive experience in teaching both children and adults. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Guitar Performance degree from the University of South Carolina.



Corpus Christi

1) Mrs. Gloria Galvan
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Mrs. Galvan holds a Bachelors degree in Music and teaches all levels of Classical Guitar. She has studied for 6 years and has been teaching both privately and at High School level one for 4 years.


2) Mr. Randy Cordero
917 Rickey Dr.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
(361) 993-0490
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Mr. Cordero teaches Spanish Flamenco Guitar.  His qualifications include study with several of the most respected teachers of that style of music. You may view his website at:


Mr. Carlo Pezzimenti
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Carlo Pezzimenti teaches intermediate and advanced Classical Guitar privately in North Dallas, Texas, and holds faculty positions in Classical Guitar at Texas Woman's University and Brookhaven College. Mr. Pezzimenti holds a degree in music from the Morlocchi Conservatory in Perugia, has recorded seven Classical Guitar CD's, and has concertized extensively throughout the world since 1971. He has also recorded Manual Ponce's Concerto Del Sur for Classical Guitar and Orchestra.


Fort Worth

Mr. Christopher McGuire
Christopher McGuire
3703 Wooded Creek Dr.
Dallas, TX 75244
817-229-3617 cell
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President and Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society



Mr. John Peter Giunta, B.M., M.A.
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Mr. Giunta is an accomplished musician who has taught Classical Guitar for over 20 years and currently teaches beginners through conservatory audition preparation. He also offers music instruction for flute, recorder, accordion, and improvisation on any instrument.

Teachers in countries outside of the United States of America



Mr. Ron Payne
CONTACT RON PAYNE (Melbourne, Australia) 03 9852 1111
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Classical Guitar Tuition. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Preparation for exams, competitions and concerts. 30 years experience.



Mr. Oliver Thedieck
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Oliver Thedieck  received his music degree in Bath and teaches in Munich, Germany.  He has written several pieces, including “Gegensatz” for Alvaro Henrique, which was premiered in Brasilia, Brazil.  He directed Mozart’s 36. Symphony with the Bath Spa University College orchestra.

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