Guitar & Mandolin
David Ross teaches Guitar, Composition and Improvisation at Elm City Music. David is a musician of unique abilities, comfortable in many styles, and equally at home in the concert hall, the jazz combo, and the blues club. He has performed extensively in many idioms on both acoustic and electric guitar in genres as diverse as classical, jazz, rock, and bluegrass. David's performances have taken him across the country presenting his art in venues from Boston's Jordan Hall to Los Angeles' Newman Hall to Baltimore's Friedberg Hall, all the while maintaining a connection with his blues/jazz roots in countless bars and clubs. An advocate of new music, he continually seeks to present new and interesting modes of musical expression on the guitar, and to reach a wider audience beyond the concert stage. David earned a B.M. in Guitar Performance and a B.A. in both composition and theory from Keene State College, a M.M. and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he served as the assistant to the renowned guitar department teaching undergraduate guitar majors. David's classical guitar studies have been with Scott Tennant, Julian Gray, and Jose Lezcano. He has performed regularly in the masterclasses of Manuel Barrueco at Peabody, Eliot Fisk at the New England Conservatory, and Pepe Romero at the University of Southern California. David's jazz studies were with Paul Bollenback and Gary Thomas. Currently, David resides in Keene, NH where he is active as a performer, composer, and teacher. More information and audio samples may be found at www.davidwilliamross.com. You can contact David at email@example.com.
Flynn Cohen is a professional mandolin and acoustic guitar player who has a long resume as both a performer and a teacher. He is a founding member of the nationally-touring American folk band Low Lily, and was a visiting lecturer in Music at both Keene State College and Bridgewater State University. He is also a composer of plucked string music and has had works performed by chamber ensembles across the western world. Mr. Cohen has degrees in Music Composition from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and Mills College in Oakland, California where he was a classical mandolin student of Paul Binkley (of the Modern Mandolin Quartet). He specializes in new music for mandolin ensembles, modern interpretations of Renaissance plucked string music, Irish traditional music, and bluegrass mandolin styles. You can contact Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurt Daniels is a Keene, New Hampshire native. He has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has studied many different genres of music, with a specific interest in Rock and Blues. Kurt has taken guitar lessons with Keene State College Professor Ted Mann for over 10 years. He is continuing to pursue his study of music at Keene State College where he is currently a music education major, studying classical guitar, piano and voice. Over the years Kurt has played in many groups and ensembles highlights include: opening for Maynard Ferguson at the Colonial Theater, performances with The Keene State College Guitar Orchestra led by Dr. Jose Lezcano, and participation in The Brattleboro Open Music Collective’s Frank Zappa Ensemble led by Jamie MacDonald. Kurt has worked as a guitarist for many bands throughout New England in studio recording sessions and on stage. You can contact Kurt at email@example.com
For as long as I can remember I have always loved listening to music and as a kid, the albums in the car would stretch from Bob Dylan to Alice Cooper on family outings! When I was 9 years old the family would have traditional folk music sessions with friends, ranging from Ireland's 'The Dubliners' to America's 'Steve Earle' and after a few months of sitting and watching and trying to jam along on a guitar, which was far too big for me, I caught the bug and have never looked back. My family's folk band, entitled 'The Ragged People', played in and out of pubs for many years and a very tired Robby Miller still had to face school the next day! I had a blast playing with musicians and learning how much music really did bring so many people together. I have done over 1,500 live shows and have had the pleasure of playing on morning television (GMTV) and Channel 4 music shows for X factor contestants and recording in top LA studios with singer songwriters. Along the way, I also picked up teaching experience as a private guitar tutor in and around Bedford as well as spent several summers teaching guitar at a resort in California. In 2008, I also attended London's Institute of Contemporary Modern Performance (ICMP) where I studied guitar and graduated from the Higher Diploma course. You can contact Robby at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2014 I was lucky enough to work closely with Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit) and play shows around the UK promoting his own material while on a break from touring with Alice. But anyway, enough about me and more about YOU the music hungry student! Teaching has become so rewarding for me and I am very grateful I can do it full time. The thought of helping you set goals and hitting them is very exciting, I hope to hear from you very soon!
Michael Dillon has taught music to over a thousand students in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire over the past decade. Classically trained on guitar and piano, he has combined his technical and creative skills to provide memorable musical experiences to his many students. Working in several public and private schools, Michael has lead musical performances and has a wealth of teaching experience for a variety of learners. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in Music Education, where he studied classical guitar with Dr. Jose Lezcano. Later, he studied with guitar composer Frank Wallace. Frank recently wrote the guitar piece, “Stone Face”, which is dedicated to Michael and its title is a reference to the old man of the mountain in New Hampshire folklore. You will hear the first movement in Michael’s guitar video below. In addition to playing a variety of styles of music, Michael writes songs and composes for many instruments. He often integrates these skills to help students write songs of their own. In addition, he often incorporates technology to enhance the experience of his students. You can contact Michael at email@example.com