RCMusic Gold Medal Winning Private Guitar Teachers:
Graham Banfield, Guitar Teacher
DMA Candidate U of T Guitar Performance
MM Yale University Guitar Performance
BM Cornish College of the Arts Guitar Performance
Graham teaches classical, acoustic, electric and jazz styles. He has performed solo Classical guitar recitals in Norway, Japan, Italy and Switzerland as well as in Toronto and the U.S. His electric guitar jazz performances often involve fusion compositions of 20th century composers.
At Yale, Graham’s principal instructor was Benjamin Verdery. Currently on full scholarship at the University of Toronto, he is a teaching assistant to Jeffrey McFadden. He has 13 years of teaching experience including Yale’s Neighborhood Music School and Yale College. He received a standing ovation for his performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in Carnegie Hall with the New Haven Chamber Orchestra.
Lynn Ware, Guitar Teacher
MM Kent State University Guitar Performance
BM University of Cincinnati Guitar Performance
RCMusic Gold Medal Teacher
RCMusic Certified Specialist Teacher for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Performance
Lessons at Don Mills and McNicoll.Lynn blends warmth, fun and encouragement with high technical expectations. Her guitar students won 1st prizes in all categories entered in the 2014 North York Arts Festival, prompting director Ella Poret to award trophies to the “Best Junior Guitarist” to Nicolas Lee and “Best in Guitar” to Jessica Gu. Jessica also won the provincial RCM Gold Medal for her grade 6 guitar examination. Past winners include Kevin Gai (2013) “Best Senior Guitarist” in the NYMF and 1st place for string ensemble performance in the Kiwanis Music Festival (Vivaldi Concerto in D+). Kevin was accepted into the University of Ottawa and University of Western, however accepted a scholarship to Wilfred Laurier. Helen Lu won the CMC competition for guitar in the under 16 category, culminating in a beautiful performance of Rodrigo’s Aranjuez Concerto (Adagio).
As a guitarist, Lynn performed for artists/teachers in master classes including Oscar Ghiglia, Alice Artzt, Sergio Abreu, Eduardo Fernandez and Turibio Santos. Eli Kassner was most influential in shaping her technical development. As a young performer, she premiered many 20th century American and Canadian compositions. She has composed and recorded her own compositions on her 5 CDs includingThe Many Moods of the Guitar, Impossible Dream, Forest Scenes, and Angelica, Americas (includes Variations on O Canada!)
Tim Dobby, Guitar Teacher
McGill University, Artist Diploma
University of Southern California, BM Guitar Performance
Timothy began guitar studies at age 10 at the McGill Conservatory with Nick Di Tomaso. In California, he studied with famous guitarists Pepe Romero, James Smith, and with LA Guitar Quartet members Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser. The performance focused diploma at McGill was under the supervision of Dr. Garry Antonio. After completion, Mr. Dobby joined the Faculty of McGill University, Schulich School of Music where he has been teaching, classical guitar, for the past ten years. Timothy was lead guitarist in an indie folk-rock band called Lakes of Canada. He enjoys teaching children through adults, striving to pass on his passion and fun of playing the guitar.
James Renwick, Guitar Teacher
DMA Candidate, U of T Guitar Performance
MM U of T, Guitar Performance
BM, McMaster Unversity, Guitar Performance
James studied classical guitar with Patrick Feely at McMaster and is currently studding with Jeffrey McFadden. He has performed in masterclasses with world famous guitarists Ana Vidovic, Pavel Steidl and Jérôme Ducharme. Extremely versatile with musical styles, he also enjoyed playing steel string and electric guitar in a band as a young man. A passionate lead tenor with the Kingsway Lambton United Church, he also sang with the Exultate Chamber Singers and the Baroque Arcady Singers. James is a warm, compassionate and patient teacher who has successfully prepares guitar students for RCM examinations and university auditions.Special Promotions
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