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Since 2009 Brett has been performing throughout the U.S. and teaching both guitar and ukulele lessons. He currently resides in Tempe AZ. and teaches students in throughout the Phoenix metro area. He graduated from Pima Community College in Tucson AZ. with an Associates of Fine Arts in music (Magna Cum Laude) in December of 2009, the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance (Magna Cum Laude) in May of 2013, and most recently from Illinois State University with a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance on Dec. 12th 2015.

 

Brett grew up in rural Illinois and received his first guitar at age 8, soon after began taking guitar lessons. At age 15 Brett began to study popular music with local guitarist August Wilke. During this time Brett performed with local rock and heavy metal bands.

 

After high school he studied for one year with Professor Kim Codo at Illinois Valley Community College. During his studies with Prof. Codo, Brett focused on writing guitar arrangements of popular music and was introduced to the classical guitar.

Brett moved to Tucson, Az. in 2001, and was fortunate enough to study with many excellent classical guitarists including Phil Hemmo, Benjamin McCartney, Thomas Viloteau, Lars Rosvoll, Stephen Saulls, David Russell, Duo Assad, Jane Curry, Ahmet Sonmezler, Renato Serrano, Professor Thomas Patterson and many more. He graduated Manga Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music in guitar performance from the prestigious Bolton Guitar Studies program at the University of Arizona. He recently received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Illinois State University in Normal IL. where he studied on a full scholarship under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Dr. Angelo Favis. While attending Illinois State University as a graduate student, he was also the instructor for Mus 118 and 119, beginner and intermediate classroom guitar courses.

 

The majority of the students are taught at his in-home teaching studio; however lessons are also available in the students' homes, at various music shops throughout the valley, and online.
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