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Guitar Lessons

John Cesar
Classical, Acoustic & Electric Guitar

John Cesar is a professional guitarist and guitar instructor from New Jersey. Originally inspired to play music by the greats such as Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, John created his love for blues and rock n roll. Soon after this lead John be involved in numerous bands and music projects around the Northern NJ Music Scene. When it came time for college John decided to pursue the study of the classical guitar.

John completed his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance from The John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and a Master’s Degree at the Hartt School of Music. While at Hartt John worked closely with award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd and the renowned classical guitar pedagogue, Richard Provost. As teacher John has been working with students of all ages and levels for over 8 years. Students of his  in the past have recorded their own music, gotten into high school jazz bands, and been accepted into college music programs. John is also a registered Suzuki guitar instructor through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

John is currently offering both online and in-person lessons with strict COVID-19 protocol.


Anthony Edley
Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Anthony Edley has been teaching for 13 years and has been with Middlesex Music Academy for the past 8. Working with students of all ages, skill level, and musical backgrounds, Anthony is able to customize a lesson plan for any learning style. Anthony graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts and shortly after earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford.

Students of Anthony Edley have gone on to perform in Regional and All State choirs and jazz bands as well as graduate from basic music theory, perform as the lead in their school musicals and perform in their own working bands. Anthony has also helped students continue their education by preparing them for college auditions and leading them through musical career paths. Students of Anthony have gone on to major in Music Education, Audio Engineering, Music Production, Vocal and Jazz Performance at many diverse colleges and universities.

As a professional musician, Anthony has had a wealth of experience ranging from performing with Dave Brubeck at the Library of Congress with the Real Ambassadors Jazz Choir, to touring throughout the United States with various bands. Currently Anthony performs with Presley and Taylor, The Zoo, Branded, and Southern Voice, at destination weddings, music festivals, Resorts, Casinos, and other 5,000+ capacity venues. Anthony has several studio credits ranging from Contemporary Christian, Musical Theater, Country, Rock, Indie, Metal, Jazz, Radio and T.V. commercials. He has also worked with corporations to provide promotional material for companies, as well as arranging/producing tracks for independent artists and song writers.

You can view some of Anthony's performances and student ensembles on the Middlesex Music Academy YouTube channel here:

Anthony is currently offering both online and in-person lessons with strict COVID-19 protocol.


Karen Hogg
Folk, Acoustic & Electric 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!

Karen is currently offering both online and in-person lessons with strict COVID-19 protocol.


James Queiros
Acoustic & Electric Guitar

James Queiros has his degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. At Hartt, he has studied closely with renowned bassist Robert Black and education expert Dr. Joshua Russell. James is a gifted guitarist, with experience playing in both full band and acoustic settings throughout Connecticut, in various styles including both rock and country. He is the co-founder of the Mikey’s Place Summerfest, an annual concert of young local musicians with all proceeds going to benefit the Mikey’s Place handicap accessible playground in Wethersfield. While guitar and bass are his playing and teaching specialties, James has studied all standard orchestral and band instruments and has previously taught lessons for clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, violin, and cello.

Due to his new baby, James is currently offering online lessons but will be back In-Person in September.


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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.