Fred R. McKinney
Phone: (828) 855-0266
My teaching studio is a quiet and comfortable environment located in a very safe residential neighborhood in northwest Hickory. In my studio you will never be distracted by the sounds of loud instruments playing in adjacent rooms during your lesson. By avoiding the overhead costs often seen in large music schools and programs I am able to offer competitively priced lesson fees and provide higher value for your money and more personalized service.
My specialty is classical guitar repertoire and traditional Celtic music. I have also performed in rock, jazz, and traditional music groups. After earning my degree in classical guitar performance, I completed Suzuki guitar teacher training courses for books 1-5 and am a registered Suzuki teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to classical guitar training, I often attend summer guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering.
While performing regularly with the Celtic band Gaelwynd (2001-2007) we recorded and released the CDs "Out on the Ocean" and "Northern Lights". I recorded with Susan Vincent Sherlock and played guitar on her Hammered Dulcimer CD entitled "Wateree". For many years I have been a member of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and the Fiddle and Bow traditional music society, and have served on the board of directors of both organizations at various times.
The past 30 years have been a golden age for guitar. I feel fortunate to have had wonderful instructors during many years of study and to have been able to attend so many concerts and masterclasses by some of the best concert guitarists. I very much enjoy teaching and passing on what I have learned to my students and helping them succeed in learning to play guitar!
Hickory Guitar Studio
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