440 Main Street - Middletown CT 06457
(860) 344-0525

Folk Lessons

Karen Hogg - Ukulele, Mandolin, Guitar

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Karen brings a wealth of experience in musical instruction. She is a prolific performer and author, having written many articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine and Fretboard Journal, including interviews with legends Les Paul and Tommy Ramone. She has written two instructional books for guitar: Guitar Made Easy and Women in Rock. Her 25 years of teaching experience includes both private and group lessons on guitar, mandolin, and ukulele at various music schools and summer camps across the country. She also leads student bands in preparation for recitals.

A New Haven-area native, Karen is the mandolinist in the band Flint Ladder. She also regularly provides solo fingerstyle guitar, fingerstyle ukulele, and solo mandolin at weddings and events in the area. Karen loves teaching and encouraging students to do their best AND have fun!


John Birt - Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar

John Birt is a classical guitarist who has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. His performances have included solo and chamber repertoire that extend from the Renaissance to the present, including several premieres of New England based composers.

A native of Rhode Island, John was a self-taught musician before entering Rhode Island College in the fall of 2007. Once enrolled, he began studying classical guitar with Eric Christensen, which sparked a fascination with early music through transcription and contemporary works with new or extended techniques. Outside of solo performance, John also maintains a wide experience of ensemble work through many chamber duos and trios, jazz groups, and orchestras, both as a performer and conductor.

John is currently completing a Master’s degree at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studies with internationally recognized pedagogue and performer, Richard Provost. He has participated in several master classes presented by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad of the Assad Duo, and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He currently resides in West Hartford, working as a private music instructor while seeking out local coffee shops and used bookstores.


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Store Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
About Us!

Your place for music lessons and supplies in Middletown. Middlesex Music Academy is a non-corporate locally own business. As a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce we strive to support local businesses and build the community as a whole.