Diego Alonso
Miami, FL
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Diego Alonso

Diego A.

Miami, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Diego Alonso has over 19 years of professional teaching and performance experience in classical guitar and has given over 10,000 private guitar lessons. In addition Diego has given workshops, clinics and lectures on expert practice and performance strategies for schools and universities across the globe.

Diego studied classical guitar for 3 years with Peter Aglinskas at Loyola University and then studied privately with virtuouso Denis Azabagic for 1 year. In addition to his classical guitar studies, DIego has Masters degree in flamenco pedagogy & musicology ("flamencología") from ESMUC (Barcelona) and graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren (Sevilla).

He also has a very strong background in Latin-jazz guitar (David Bloom and John Moulder) and offers private lessons, master classes, educational performances and lectures on flamenco and on research based, expert practice and expert performance strategies.

MY GOALS AS A TEACHER
Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on up-to-date scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill development and expertise. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn HOW to practice effectively in order to learn quickly and correctly.

STUDENT QUOTE
"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in the U.S. In short, Diego has given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"
-- Marty M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Jazz Guitar, Professional Guitarist)

WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?
For flamenco or classical lessons you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. Flamenco guitars must have a "golpeador" (tap-plate) installed. I recommend getting it professionally done with a permanent tap-plate.

******IMPORTANT*****
Please check with me BEFORE booking a lesson to check availability.

About Diego A.

Diego Alonso is a flamenco and classical guitarist with over 19 years of professional teaching and performance experience. He has a Masters degree in flamenco pedagogy & musicology ("flamencología") from ESMUC (Barcelona) and graduated with highest honors in flamenco guitar performance from the Fundación Cristina Heeren (Sevilla).

Diego has traveled to over 15 countries to perform, teach and compose since 2002 and has given over 10,000 private guitar lessons. In addition, Diego regularly gives workshops, clinics, lectures and masters classes in schools and universities across the globe.

In addition to his experience and education in flamenco, Diego studied classical guitar for 4 years (Peter Aglinskas & Denis Azabagic) and Latin-jazz guitar for 3 years (David Bloom & John Moulder). He offers private lessons, master classes, educational performances and lectures on flamenco and on research based, expert practice and expert performance strategies.

MY GOALS AS A TEACHER
Lessons are based on time-tested methods in guitar pedagogy as well as on up-to-date scientific research in the neurological and psychological processes of skill development and expertise. My goal, as a teacher, is to help students learn HOW to practice effectively in order to learn quickly and correctly.

STUDENT QUOTE
"Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in the U.S. In short, Diego has given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!"
-- Marty M. (M.A. Education, B.A. Jazz Guitar, Professional Guitarist)

WHAT KIND OF GUITAR DO YOU NEED?
For flamenco or classical lessons you will need a nylon-string guitar (e.g., classical or flamenco), NOT a steel string guitar. If you don't own a nylon-string guitar, you can certainly rent one, but it must be available to you for home practice AT LEAST 6 days/week. Flamenco guitars must have a "golpeador" (tap-plate) installed. I recommend getting it professionally done with a permanent tap-plate.

FAQs
1) What is Flamenco Guitar?
Flamenco is the national music of southern Spain and flamenco guitar is flamenco's principle instrument. It was traditionally an accompaniment instrument to flamenco voice and dance but has also become a solo and instrumental ensemble instrument. Flamenco music is an entire genre of music comprised of over 20 styles including bulerías, cantiñas, farruca, guajiras, granaina, jaleos, malagueña, peteneras, rumbas, sevillanas, tangos, taranta, zapateado and more. It's sound is characterized by the Spanish phrygian scale as well as the minor and major scale. Flamenco guitar melodies and harmonies are traditionally linear, expressively rich and technically complex.

2) What is Classical Guitar?
This is primarily a solo instrument although it is certainly used in ensemble settings. Classical guitar is also born in Spain and is a descendant of the Spanish vihuela. Although the phrase "classical guitar" has become the name of the instrument and style, the music played with the classical guitar spans all eras of music including baroque, renaissance, romantic, classical and contemporary music. It is characterized by counterpointed melodic lines, a rich harmony, and technical complexity.

******IMPORTANT*****
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Mark
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Wonderful lesson! Look forward to working with you!

Posted Oct 20, 2020
Mitch F.
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Excellent lesson!

Posted Sep 22, 2020
Mitch F.
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Posted Aug 25, 2020
Lorenz I.
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Incredible and detailed instruction, cuts to the heart of the matter! Adjusts instruction to skill level and provides ample material to look at while at home. I wish I could give more than 5 stars.

Posted Aug 12, 2020
Len Riches
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First lesson: Was/am having difficulty with a particular rasqueado technique. Diego “dissected” my motion indicating proper methods for better finger placement and hand positioning.
Accompanying this was a video of our lesson for my reference and an informative blog note pertaining to the art of practice.
Throughout all Diego had a courteous manner, was receptive of my questions and gave me notes by email about what we had discussed along with practice suggestions. Look forward to continuing with him.

Len R

Posted Aug 6, 2020
Rae D.
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Diego is an awesome teacher. His way of teaching is very unique and a different approach to teachers I have had in the past. He's very supportive, upbeat, and inspires you to want to excel.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Jan B.
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Diego is a true teacher. He is prescriptive in his comments, well organized and models what is being learned. In addition, he is kind and encouraging.
If you truly want to learn and are willing to practice, consider Diego.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
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Posted Apr 25, 2020
Michael B.
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Better and Better. I was not into the idea of online lessons, but it really is doable this way as long as you can see what the teacher is doing and they can see your fingers/hands too!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Michael B.
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makes me think there may be hope!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Sandy C.
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Posted Jun 6, 2019
Sami L.
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Great first lesson for my son Sami !

Posted May 7, 2019
Aaron C.
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Posted Mar 30, 2019
Mike J.
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Great lesson, very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Oct 23, 2018
Dan S.
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Posted Jan 20, 2018
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Posted Sep 23, 2017
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Posted Jul 18, 2017
Dan S.
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Greatly appreciated the pointers on how to clean up the picado technique first in order to progress later on to some falsetas. Excellent session! Thanks Diego.

Posted Jun 17, 2017
Aaron C.
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Diego is very professional about his instruction setting high standards but yet very patient in his guidance. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 11, 2017
Sandy C.
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Posted Jan 17, 2017
Albert
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Diego clearly knows what he is doing and how to instruct. I look forward to more lessons.

Posted Aug 13, 2016
Tim
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Great first class.

Posted Apr 19, 2016
Aaron
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I appreciate Diego's teaching and how he is able to catch the subtle things I am doing wrong over a web cam no less. His pedagogy sets a high standard for playing, but the lessons progress naturally and logically.

As a teacher, Diego is very patient while encouraging me and knowing when the teaching pace should pick up or slow down. This makes his teaching very efficient while ensuring strong fundamentals.

I look forward to many more years of instruction by Diego and am happy to have found such a knowledgeable and skillful maestro.

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Marwan S.
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My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our country. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.

Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.

There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Marwan S.
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My son Robert has been taking guitar lessons with Diego for over a year now. Lessons were taking place at Diego's premises until we moved back to our country. Robert totally refused to work, or even consider the possibility to work with any other teacher besides Diego. Ever since our return, Robert has been taking his weekly lessons over Skype.

Diego is professional, talented, deligent, patient, caring, well prepared, well knowledged, knows how to prepare and challenge his students and most importantly, puts his students interests first.

There are no words I can use to explain the joy my son has when he takes his lessons and when he finishes and performs one of Diego's flamenco pieces, nor can I explain his anxiety when waiting for his lesson to begin. Diego is truly a great teacher and mentor to his students and I strongly recommend him to be the guitar teacher of choice.

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Scott H.
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Been talking lessons with Diego for about half a year now. He's been one of the best teachers I've had (being 40+, I've had an opportunity to experience quite a few). He's enthusiastic about my progress and works hard at presenting material in a way, and at a pace that's right ofr me. I've been incredibly pleased with the quality of his instruction, and super happy with the progress I've made with his guidance. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him.

Posted Jun 8, 2015
M H.

Absolutely terrific. I really enjoy lessons and the way we work through technique together. He has a really clear way of explaining things. I am really pleased with the progress that I'm making with his instruction. Very enthusiastically recommended!

Posted Jun 6, 2015
Jonah K.
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Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!

Posted Oct 30, 2014
Martin M.
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Diego is a fantastic teacher and guitarist. He is generous and patient, encouraging and effective. Diego has the ability to simplify difficult technique and break it down in simple terms. His studies in Spain make him a rare and sought after teacher in Chicago. In short, Diego have given me the keys to succeed in this beautiful and challenging art form. I wholeheartedly recommend him!

Posted Jul 23, 2014

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Experience

Musician & Composer
Jan 2018 - Present

Diego Alonso Music

Composer, Guitarist, Singer, Percussionist and the Diego Alonso Flamenco Latin Jazz Project, Flamenco Music and Dance Ensemble, and the Spanish Guitar Duo. Diego Alonso is also a traveling guest lecturer on flamenco music, dance, and history for universities across the globe.

Expert Performance Coach: Flamenco & Classical Guitar
Jan 2012 - Present

DIego Alonso Music & Sonanta School of Music

With a Masters in Flamenco specialized in pedagogy and a B.S. in research psychology Diego Alonso has dedicated the last 8 years to researching and implementing the most effective, research and experience based learning, teaching and coaching strategies into his coaching. Diego emphasizes structured yet flexible lessons based on appropriately selected repertoire for each student's level. The main goals for each lesson are consistent sound quality, challenging but achievable targets, deliberate practice, performance practice, conscious performance analysis, injury prevention, strategies to diminish performance anxiety, artistic interpretation, mechanics and posture, constructive feedback, error correction and improvement drills. Goals and suggestions for improvement for every lesson are typed out and sent to each student in order to gauge progress from lesson to lesson. Appropriate students for expert performance coaching are any who want to improve quickly and effectively. Students range from hobbyists to professional musicians.

Owner, Guitar Teacher, Coach and Lecturer
Jan 2002 - Present

Sonanta School of Guitar

Diego is the founder, director, and principle teacher of the Sonanta School of Guitar. He has a MM in Flamencology (pedagogy, musicology and ethnomusicology specialized in flamenco) and graduated with highest honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance from the Fundacion Cristina Herren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain) where he studied closely under flamenco guitar luminaries, Pedro Sierra, Nino de Pura, Paco Cortes, Eduardo Rebollar, Tino Van Der Sman, Javi Gomez, and Pepa Sanchez. Throughout his professional career as a performer, he has shared the stage, and composed, nationally and internationally, with many prominent musicians including Rocio Marquez (flamenco voice), Jorge Perez (percussion), Alfonso Cid (voice), Darwin Noguera (piano), Victor Garcia (trumpet), Alberto Selles (flamenco dance), Vicente Griego (flamenco voice), Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chiara Mangiameli, The Guitars of Spain, and many others. As a teacher, Diego has taught over 10,000 private lessons and has given lectures and workshops in over 500 universities, elementary schools, and music schools internationally. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Research Psychology and has a deep interest in neurology and psychology research on skill development and expertise. His interest in, and application to, teaching focus on the neurological and psychological processes of developing fine motor and artistic skills on the guitar by utilizing a highly effective practice method based on research psychology and on time-tested pedagogical methods.

Education

M.A. Flamenco (Flamenología)
Feb 2019 - Jul 2020

Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)

Flamenco Guitar Performance (Highest Honors)
Oct 2010 - Jun 2012

Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain)

B.S. Research Psychology
Aug 1995 - May 1999

Loyola University Chicago

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Flamenco Guitar Performance (Highest Honors)
May 2012

Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Seville, Spain)

Advanced Program in Flamenco Guitar Performance (2 years) - Solo Guitar - Dance Accompaniment - Singing Accompaniment - Technique - History & Forms of Flamenco "Cante" Studied with Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Tino Van Der Sman, Eduardo Rebollar, Paco Cortés, & Pepa Sanchez. Study

Awards

Highest Honors in Flamenco Guitar Performance
Jun 2012

Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco (Sevilla, Spain)

Affiliations

American Composers Forum
Dec 2018
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2006
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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