Ken Brown is a guitar performer, composer, and instructor who teaches all styles and is trained in the Suzuki Method for guitar education. A guitar faculty member at The Music Academy of North Carolina, he began studying classical guitar at age ten, and has participated extensively in master classes and private study with a diverse group of top guitarists including David Russel, Aaron Shearer, and William Kannengieser. As a performer Ken is immersed in many genres ranging from classical to electronic. Recent performances include national appearances as a guest artist at Arizona Musikfest, festivals and other venues of various genres. Having degrees in both Music and Psychology, Ken specializes in guitar education for all types of learners and is the author of the book, Integrative Guitar: A Guide to Learning Differences, which discusses methods in education for students with various learning differences ranging from ADHD to Autism. He lectures regularly on this topic and was featured as an education Lecturer at the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2010 International Convention in Austin, TX. He also performed with Nascar’s Kyle Petty at the Reckless Kelley Celebrity Softball Jam, an event organized to help fund programs for exceptional children in Austin’s Miracle League. His compositions have been featured in film scores, advertising, and modern dance performances including a premier in New York City.
As an educator Ken strives to create an environment which utilizes a broad spectrum of methodologies to bring out the potential in each student. To date Ken has developed three guitar method books and interactive DVD’s, one of which is tailored specifically to strengthen fine motor control and overall kinesthetic ability in both young students and students with physical and developmental challenges, such as Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Where Does Ken Teach?
All lessons take place at the Music Academy of North Carolina or MANC for short. MANC provides an atmosphere for learning that provides top quality instruction as well as a community of students and professionals that immerse the student in a rich learning environment and provide opportunities not found elsewhere. When a student registers they are able to participate in Student Showcase Recitals, provided with the opportunity to record track in MANC’s recording studio, and can participate in MANC’s annual Guitar Festival and Competition which provides masterclasses and concerts by top notch professionals.
What ages do you typically teach?
All ages are encouraged. Current and past students range between four to seventy years of age. It is never to early or late to learn. Ken is trained and believes very much in the Suzuki Guitar Method. This method is perfect for very young students and excels in training students to be well balanced musicians.
What styles will you teach?
All styles are taught. Whether it is classical, country, rock or jazz, we can work together to reach your musical goals. Students learn to play both through reading and ear training. Students learn songs as well as improvisation and composition. Any kind of guitar whether it is acoustic or electric is welcome.
What are your current rates?
Tuition and lesson costs are determined by the Music Academy of North Carolina. You are encouraged to contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up an assessment lesson where you can meet at MANC and evaluate your options. You can set up an assessment lesson through Ken or MANC at www.musicacademync.org.
You can find out more about Ken at his website www.kenbrownguitar.org, and more about his work in guitar education at www.integrativeguitar.org.