Teachers

Matthew Lavanish

Teaching

Teaches: Classical Guitar Lessons and Coaching, College and Audition Prep, Music Theory
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Lansdowne, PA (home studio), Delaware County PA, and Wilmington, DE (studio)

Virtual Lessons: Yes

Contact

Email: matthew@lavanishguitar.com
Phone Number: (302) 650-8797
Address: Lansdowne, PA 19050

Website: https://lavanishguitar.com

Teaching Philosophy

Playing the classical guitar can be an enormously gratifying pursuit or an excruciatingly frustrating exercise. In more than 30 years of playing the classical guitar, I have experienced both extremes and have learned many tools to help make your study of the classical guitar more rewarding and enjoyable. I believe in a comprehensive approach to studying the guitar, including technical development, musicality, music theory, knowledge of the repertoire and composers, and performance practice. Students learn to develop good sight-reading skills and practice habits, as well as techniques for memorization and effective performance. Special attention is given to tone production and proper and effective techniques for realizing your musical ideas.

Bio

Matthew Lavanish is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music with a concentration in classical guitar performance under the instruction of Christiaan Taggart. He has also studied extensively with guitarist Alice Artzt of Princeton and Brazilian guitarist Paulo Martelli, and has played in master classes for Jason Vieaux, The Katona Twins and Eleftheria Kotzia, among others.

Matthew is President, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, as well as an aspiring luthier. He currently teaches privately and in the past has taught at or served on the faculty of: The Music School of Delaware, The St. Andrew’s School and the Community Music School at The University of Delaware.

Kevin Cope

Teaching

Style: Classical, Latin, General
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: The University of Delaware Community Music School, Darlington Arts Center, Private (my home or student’s)

Virtual Lessons: Yes

Contact

Email: kevin@kevinjcope.com
Address: Newark, DE

Website: https://www.kevinjcope.com/

Teaching Philosophy

Bio

Kevin J. Cope is a graduate of the University of Delaware having received a Master’s degree in classical guitar performance and a Master’s degree in music composition. Kevin has studied guitar with Matthew Slotkin (Bloomsburg University) and Christiaan Taggart (University of Delaware). Kevin began his compositional studies with Dr. Patrick Long at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and continued his education at the University of Delaware where he studied with Dr. Andrew Bleckner and Dr. Jennifer Barker (University of Delaware). He has had commissions from a variety of ensembles including the University of Delaware Guitar Ensemble, the University of Delaware Horn Ensemble, the University of Delaware Graduate Woodwind Quintet, and several works for guitar or solo instrument with guitar, or solo instrument/voice with piano accompaniment.Stylistically, Kevin’s compositions are a blend of Eastern and Western influences. Quite often his works utilize Eastern modes to create a unique tonal sense while remaining far from standard practice tonality. Western influences ranging from jazz, rock, avant-garde classical, and standard classical repertoire assist with his unique form of composition.Kevin is available for hire for weddings and parties. Available styles range from classical and Latin to arrangements of popular songs for classical guitar.

The Classical Guitar Store

Teaching

Phone Number: (215) 567-2972
Email: bnewman@classicalguitarstore.com
Address: 2038 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact

Email: bnewman@classicalguitarstore.com
Phone Number: (215) 567-2972
Address: 2038 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Website: http://classicalguitarstore.com/

Bio

The Classical Guitar Store offers lessons in all styles of guitar playing; Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Classical and Flamenco. With a staff of seven teachers we provide expert instruction in all playing styles. Each member of our staff is a professional performer of the style he or she teaches and has had long performing and teaching experience.

Alex Pollock

Teaching

Teaches: Classical
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Pollock Music Lessons LLC-Magnolia, New Jersey

Virtual Lessons: Yes

Contact

Email: apollock1992@gmail.com
Phone Number: (856) 264-4793
Address: Magnolia, NJ 08049

Website: https://www.dgduo.com/

Teaching Philosophy

Bio

Alex Pollock is a classical guitarist from New Jersey. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance from Rowan University in 2017 where he studied under Kathleen Mayes. He has performed at various venues around New Jersey including the Wilmington Guitar Society, Rowan University, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. He also performed at the 2016 NJMEA Classical Guitar Festival as part of his classical guitar duo, Dulcet Guitar Duo. Alex is a member of Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and the Guitar Foundation of America. He is on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society where he serves as their Membership and Competition Coordinator. Alex is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. Alex teaches private music lessons in Magnolia, New Jersey and in the surrounding areas. He is active on Facebook and Instagram at Alexpollockguitar and videos and info on his duo can be found at Alex Pollock is a classical guitarist from New Jersey. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance from Rowan University in 2017 where he studied under Kathleen Mayes. He has performed at various venues around New Jersey including the Wilmington Guitar Society, Rowan University, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. He also performed at the 2016 NJMEA Classical Guitar Festival as part of his classical guitar duo, Dulcet Guitar Duo. Alex is a member of Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and the Guitar Foundation of America. He is on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society where he serves as their Membership and Competition Coordinator. Alex is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. Alex teaches private music lessons in Magnolia, New Jersey and in the surrounding areas. He is active on Facebook and Instagram at Alexpollockguitar and videos and info on his duo can be found at https://www.dgduo.com/.

Caroline Kubach

Caroline Kubach

Teaching

Teaches: Classical, Rock, Pop, General, Acoustic, Folk
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Private, South Jersey (In my home or in the student’s), Rowan Community Music School (Rowan University), New Jersey School of Music (Medford, NJ)

Virtual Lessons: Yes

Contact

Email: carkubach@gmail.com
Phone Number: (609) 234-8159
Address: South Jersey, NJ

Website: https://www.dgduo.com/

Teaching Philosophy

Bio

Caroline Kubach began guitar studies at the New Jersey School of Music in Medford, New Jersey. She then went on to receive her Associate Degree in Music at Burlington County College. In May 2015, she graduated from Rowan University, Cum Laude, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Joseph Mayes. Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Rowan University in May 2017. Caroline is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society.

Caroline has been called on to perform at various venues in the NJ/Philadelphia area including: Burlington County College, Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, Rowan University. She has also performed in master classes for Christopher Ladd, Rupert Boyd, and Antigoni Goni. In April 2017, she was one of the headlining performers at the Women of the Guitar Festival in Buffalo, New York. Along with performing a concert, she also gave a masterclass, judged a competition, and was part of a roundtable discussion.

Caroline also performs in an award winning classical guitar duo, Dulcet Guitar Duo. They have performed throughout the Delaware Valley for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and for the NJMEA Classical Guitar Festival. In 2018, Dulcet Guitar Duo was awarded First Place in the Texas A&M University Guitar Ensemble Competition. You can find out more about them at https://www.dgduo.com/.

Caroline is the Artistic Director of The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, a member of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and a member of The Guitar Foundation of America. Caroline is currently an Adjunct Professor of Guitar at Rowan College at Burlington County. She also teaches guitar, ukulele, and bass lessons at Rowan Community Music School and New Jersey School of Music.