The American Guitar Academy
Founded in The United States, The American Guitar Academy opened its first international location in Tokyo, Japan in 2011. It has hundreds of students from all around the world and has branches in Miami, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong.
I really enjoy the lessons, staff are very friendly and creative and offer tuition that is suitably tailored to my needs, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we wanted to have a mix of in-person and virtual lessons and the American Guitar Academy was very accommodating to our request. This hybrid structure has worked out well and we appreciated that the school is forward-leaning and also had the systems in place to make it work. Classes are always fun and engaging. I would highly recommend the American Guitar Academy!
Dan is a highly experienced, patient, and extremely versatile teacher. He has taught students from all walks of life and of a wide variety of ages and levels.
Dan started playing the guitar at age 9 and did his first professional gig at age 12. He has a strong background in all types of contemporary music from Brazilian to jazz. He joined the R&B power band Pure Gold that toured across the US with acts like The Manhattan Transfer, Martha Reeves, and many others. After living in Japan in the mid-80s, Dan arrived in Hong Kong in 1987 as part of the first wave of Western musicians helping to build an international music scene in the Territory. Since then he has written songs for scores of top Canto-pop artists as well as the platinum-selling Filipino band – Side A. He has also written and arranged music for Disney and Pixar.
Dan has toured with top-flight jazz vocalists Angelita Li and Jennifer Palor with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed CD Jenerations. Dan's many other collaborations include the nu-jazz vocalist Ginger Kwan, jazz pianist Yuki Makita, vocalist Sybil Thomas, and the award-winning singer Talie Monin. He has also performed with Grammy® award-winning musicians Eric Marienthal and Sergio Brandau as well as the award-winning harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens,
The American Guitar Academy is very proud to have Dan on our team!
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