Teachers

Matthew Lavanish

Matthew Lavanish

Teaching

Style: Classical, Theory
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Delaware County, Lansdowne, PA (home studio) and Wilmington, DE (Trolley Square)

Contact

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

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

Kevin J. 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)

Contact

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

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.

Bill Newman

The Classical Guitar Store

Teaching

Style: Classical, Flamenco, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Pop
Levels: All Levels
Locations: Philadelphia, PA

Contact

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

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.

Nikolay Gavlishin

Nikolay Gavlishin

Teaching

Style: Classical, Acoustic, General, Pop, Rock, Folk
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Delaware County, Chester County

Contact

Phone Number:
Email: nikolaygavlishin@gmail.com
Address:

Bio

Nikolay has been playing guitar for the past 8 years. Originally picking it up so he could play his favorite rock songs, Nikolay grew to love a wide variety of genres, including classical, jazz, acoustic fingerstyle, folk, rock, and pop. Desiring to further pursue his passion, Nikolay studied Music Education and Music Performance (Guitar Emphasis) at West Chester University. During his time there, he was the president of the WCU Guitar Ensemble and the winner of WCU’s Sophomore Instrumental Scholarship competition.

Nikolay is an experienced teacher and loves to inspire students musically, both young and old. In his lessons, Nikolay emphasizes a strong technical foundation, a good knowledge of music theory, and a wide variety of musical styles. Additionally, Nikolay tailors each lesson to the needs and interests of the student in order to help the student reach their own goals. His mission for each of his students is to the give them the tools they need to be creative and to express themselves as best they can with the guitar.

In addition to teaching, Nikolay performs regularly in the greater Philadelphia area in recitals, weddings, and other events, and he is the winner of the 2012 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition. He has previously performed as a soloist for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and the Philadelphia Guitar Summit, to name a few.

Nikolay is available for recitals and events, including weddings, parties, corporate events, etc. A wide range of styles are available, including classical guitar repertoire, Spanish/Latin American music, and arrangements of well known pop and rock tunes. Please check out http://www.nikolayguitar.com for musical samples and reviews.

Nathan Richards

Nathan Richards

Teaching

Style: Classical, Electric, Theory, Rock School, Other
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Richards Guitar Studio / Richards Rock Academy

Contact

Phone Number: (610) 908-5668
Email: richards@richardsguitarstudio.com
Address: Aston, PA 19014

Bio

Nate Richards is the owner/operator at Richards Guitar Studio (richardsguitarstudio.com) in Aston, PA. Richards Guitar Studio offers classical, rock, jazz, acoustic, blues, and every other style of guitar lessons. All ages, levels, styles. Lessons are in-studio or via Skype. RGS has students from around the country via Skype. RGS also offers piano, drums, bass, voice, music theory, violin, songwriting, ukulele, and rock band school - Richards Rock Academy (richardsrockacademy.com). All teachers are classically trained and have undergraduate or graduate degrees in music.

Nate Richards has developed a 7-level approach to electric guitar lessons called Rock Guitar Mastery Program, honed and organized over 17 years of guitar lessons. Learn about how to become the complete guitarist at richardsguitarstudio.com/mastery-program

Nate Richards is also the orchestra and guitar director, as well as music theory teacher at Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA.

Alexander Pollock

Alexander Pollock

Teaching

Style: Classical
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Old Towne Music/Private Studio

Contact

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

Bio

Alex Pollock is a classical guitarist from New Jersey. He recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance from Rowan University where he studied under Kathleen Mayes. He has performed at various venues around New Jersey including the Wilmington Classical Guitar, 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 and is also their Membership Coordinator. Alex is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. Alex teaches at Old Towne Music in New Jersey and privately.