Interested in guitar lessons in Middletown, CT? Our professional instructors can help you learn, no matter what your skill level.Karen Hogg
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!
Anthony Edley is a graduate of the University of Hartford/Hartt School of Music with Bachelors in Music. At 23 years old Anthony has already played many major venues such as The Webster Theater Main stage, Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill, The Hard Rock Café, as well sung overseas with The Hartt School Tour Choir as a featured soloist in both Austria and Hungary. While a member of the Real Ambassadors Jazz Choir he has shared the stage with Jazz legend Dave Brubeck at the Library of Congress, been a featured performer at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and has placed first at Berklees’ High School jazz festival. Anthony tours throughout the east coast regularly playing to packed houses and has opened for national acts such as Krystal Keith as well as Toby Keith. Anthony has written and recorded songs that are still played on 104.9 WIHS with “The Crystal Lake Praise Team”. Anthony teaches Voice, Guitar, and Bass in a variety of styles including Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Metal, Musical Theater and Country.
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.
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.