Teachers Directory

The Teachers Directory is available to all guitar instructors in the Piedmont area who are members of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society. To include your listing, please use the e-mail address on our Contact page.

Mike Connors
Penn-Griffin School for the Arts and St. Mary’s Music Academy, High Point NC
Styles Taught: Classical Guitar and Celtic Harp, All Levels.
Description:Master of Music Degree in classical guitar University of South Carolina.  Post-graduate guitar studies at Domaine Forget (Quebec, Canada) and Cordoba (Spain). Harp studies Ohio Scottish Arts School (Oberlin), Swannanoa (Warren Wilson College), Scotland (Scottish Harp Society of America), Cairde Na Cruite (Ireland). High Point Arts Council Arts Educator of the Year, Guilford County Public Schools Arts Educator of the Year 1st Runner Up, High Point Community Concert Association Board of Directors, US National Scottish Harp Championship 2nd Prize, National Character Education Partnership Service Learning Presenter.  Adjudicator, performer, clinician. 30 years teaching experience. CD: Castles, Caves, and Stones; Scottish and Irish Music for Solo Harp.


Kevin Dollar
Kevin Dollar Guitar Instruction (Greensboro, NC)
Email: kevindollar@kevindollar.com
Web: www.kevindollar.com
Styles Taught: 
Bluegrass, Classical, Jazz, Rock
Levels Taught :
Any level or age is welcome
Having taught for over 20 years in the community (including Elon University and The Music Academy of NC), I welcome new students of any age or ability and provide both a solid foundation for musical studies and a fun environment for learning.


Patricia A. Dixon
Wake Forest University
2868 Wesleyan Lane, Winston Salem NC 27106
Tel: (336) 758-5102
Email: dixonpa@wfu.edu
Web: www.patriciadixon.net
Styles Taught: Classical/Fingerstyle

Levels Taught: Intermediate to Advanced
Description: BM NC School of the Arts, MM UNCG. Thirty years of teaching experience at the university level.

William Kossler
Winston Salem, NC
Suzuki Classical Guitar Lessons
Tel: (336) 722-9064
Email: wkossler@triad.rr.com
Styles Taught: Classical/Fingerstyle
Levels Taught: Suzuki method used to teach guitar lessons to children 3 and up.
Description: The Suzuki method focuses on the whole child, developing concentration, artistic sensitivity, poise, self-confidence, discipline, social skills, and a strong sense of self worth along with teaching students how to play the guitar. Mr. Kossler holds BM and MM degrees in guitar performance, he is a graduate of the Suzuki Institute in Japan and a co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method.

Juliet Anne Gervasi 
Moore Music Company, or at students’ homes
Email: Julietgervasi.guitar@gmail.com
Styles taught: classical, folk, pop
Levels taught: beginning to advanced students

Description: Juliet Anne Gervasi is currently majoring in Music with a focus on classical guitar and minoring in Education Studies at Guilford College. She began her studies in guitar in 1999 In 2008 and 2010, she competed and placed in fourth and third place, respectively, in the Music Academy of North Carolina’s Annual Guitar Festival and Competition. She graduated from the guitar program at Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2011. In 2013, she completed a January term program at St Clare’s College in Oxford affiliated with Guilford College and studied for a semester in Siena, Italy with the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci. Juliet has participated in numerous master classes and performed with the Guilford College Guitar Ensemble, and as a solo performer in varying contexts. She has experience as a Music Theory I tutor at Guilford College. In the summer of 2014, she worked with the Eastern Music Festival. In the summer of 2015 she competed and placed second in the Eastern Music Festival’s first ever guitar competition. Juliet welcomes students of all ages and at all levels of experience, and her teaching experience includes students ranging from six years old to seniors. She teaches to share appreciation for, and love and knowledge of music through the guitar in genres such as classical, folk, and pop. Juliet strives to provide an engaging, nurturing, and intellectually challenging atmosphere for her students.

Alan Hirsh
Bishop McGuinness High School Music Director and
Wake Forest University adjunct Instructor

Tel: (336) 251-2657
Email: hirshguitar@mail.com
Web: http://guitarensemblemusic.com
Styles Taught: Classical
Levels Taught: Beginning to Advanced. Also teach Theory and Composition, arranging.
DescriptionBFA University of Arizona–Composition, MM Peabody Conservatory of Music–Composition, DMA Peabody Conservatory–Composition. Composer, co-author, and editor of the new Shearer Method published with Alfred Music. and composer for Learning the Classic Guitar Part II by Aaron Shearer. Other original published works including Twenty Etudes in fixed Positions, New Music for Classic Guitar, and a four-volume anthology,  Music for Guitar Ensemble are published with Mel Bay.  Hirsh serves on the executive board  of the PCGS, is Vice President for Education at the Aaron Shearer Foundation, and is the founder and director of the Piedmont Guitar Orchestra and member of the Winston-Salem Guitar Septet. A catalog of his arrangements and compositions are found at Guitar Ensemble Music.com.

Patrick Lui
Weaver Academy for Performing Arts
300 South Spring Street, Greensboro NC 27401
Tel: 336-760-8740
Email: Plui759570@aol.com
Web: http://patrickluiguitar.com
Description: For more information visit http://patrickluiguitar.com

Fred McKinney
Hickory Guitar Studio
3606 4th Street Blvd NW
Hickory, NC 28601
Tel: (828) 855-0266

Email: fredmckinney@charter.net
Web: www.hickoryguitarstudio.com
Styles Taught: Classical/Fingerstyle for ages 5 through adult using the Suzuki approach for younger students, and accompaniment of Celtic tunes for advanced students using DADGAD tuning.

Levels taught: children and adults, beginner to advanced
Description: BM Guitar Performance, UNC-Greensboro. Fred began the first after school Suzuki guitar program at Greensboro Day School, and established a successful Suzuki guitar program at his own Southwick Guitar Studio in Greensboro. After moving to Hickory in December 2009 he opened Hickory Guitar Studio, where he currently teaches. He is a registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed Suzuki guitar teacher training and registration through guitar book 5. He also loves performing the lively traditional dance music of Ireland and Scotland, and recorded two CDs with the Celtic group Gaelwynd (“Out on the Ocean” and “Northern Lights”). He accompanied Susan Vinson Sherlock on her CD of hammered dulcimer music entitled “Wateree”.

Daniel Rash
Penn Griffin School for the Arts and Separk Music, Lewisville, NC
Styles Taught: Classical
Levels Taught: All levels

Description: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Appalachian State University; 12 years teaching experience; Middle school guitar teacher at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts since 2012

Kami Rowan
Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410
Tel: (336) 316-2376
Email: krowan@guilford.edu
Web: www.guilford.edu/academics/departments/music/faculty/kami.htm
Styles Taught: Classical
Levels Taught: Beginners to Advanced
Description: BM Guitar Performance, North Carolina School of the Arts;
MM Guitar Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory; DMA Shenandoah University, NC-A Certification, University of NC at Greensboro; Assistant Professor, Guilford College, 1994–present; Full-Time Guitar Instructor, Guilford County Schools, 1999-2005; Lecturer, Wingate College, Wingate, NC, 1990-1993; Instructor, The Music Center, Greensboro City Arts; President, Piedmont Guitar Society

Mark Charles Smith
New Garden Friends School and Guilford College
Email: mark.charles.smith@gmail.com
Styles Taught: Classical

Levels Taught: Beginner to Advanced
Description: Composer, guitarist, and pianist Mark Charles Smith earned his Mater’s of Music degree from University of Colorado-Boulder, his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Guilford College, and a diploma in Music Composition from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mark has been teaching guitar and piano lessons for fifteen years. His private lessons focus on an individualized approach to learning the instrument, grounded in fundamentals such as reading music notation, basic music theory, and aural skills, while also exploring different styles of music that interest the student. Mark teaches music at New Garden Friends School and is instructor of composition at Guilford College. He is also active as a professional composer and classical guitarist.