1515 Market St, Philadelphia PA, 19102
Instruments:Composition, Ear Training, Ethnomusicology, Guitar, Musicology, Theory

Styles:Classical, Jazz, Folk – Country – Bluegrass, Rock – Alternative, Blues, Kids, World, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:20 years
Rate:$30 / hr

Personal Statement

Teaches in several locations in the Philadelphia area including Center City and University City Studios!

I’m happy to work with students of all ages and levels beginning as young as six years of age. I have taught students from a wide variety of backgrounds including visually and aurally impaired students, students for whom English is a second language and students with learning disabilities. I’m pleased to have helped students achieve a range of musical goals including preparing for performances and recitals, ensemble auditions, college entrance auditions and more.

Beginning students only need an acoustic guitar and a tuning device such as a pitch pipe or electric guitar tuner for their first lessons. In their lessons, students will be introduced to music fundamentals such as note reading that we can apply to any musical instrument. However, I also believe that every guitar student can benefit from exploring the wide variety of musical styles in which the guitar plays a role, so I always encourage my students to learn techniques including strumming chords along with songs in folk, rock, jazz and other popular styles as well as flat picking, improvisation and song writing.

Education / Training

A graduate of Georgia State University (BM, 1998) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM, 2000), Ross has studied with some of the finest teachers in the world; including John Sutherland, John Holmquist, and Angelo Gilardino and has also performed in masterclasses for many noteworthy performers, including Paul Galbraith, Sharon Isbin, Chrisopher Parkening, and Eduardo Fernandez. Recent recital appearances include performances at the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, University of Texas – Pan American, Mansfield University, and other venues around the nation as well as programs for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.
Ross also serves on the faculty of several programs in the region including both non-profit arts programs providing after school instruction as well as a professor of music with several colleges and universities in the region.

Ross Mann