- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Throughout my childhood, I found that my love of music and the guitar was the key to enjoying and directing my life's purpose. Through my guitar studies, I realized that learning and playing music can and should be easy and joyful. This was a revelation to me, and is what inspired me to become a guitar teacher. I’ve been a professional teacher and player for 49 years, and my quest has been to discover better, less stressful, and more personalized ways to teach and play guitar. I've taught pupils from age 6 to 86, and all levels - from complete beginners to active professionals. One of my teaching pleasures is observing how each student has their own pace and learning process, and then tailoring the focus of their lessons based upon that individual's journey in the love of playing the guitar. My enthusiasm for music and the guitar is as strong as it was when I began as a child and I look forward to offering and sharing this enthusiasm, along with my lifetime of experience and knowledge, to all my students.+ Read More
Edward Flower Bio:
Edward Flower was born in Stratford-on-Avon, England, and received his education at Winchester College. He began his musical studies at the age of nine on the violin, but soon found the guitar and lute to be his instruments of choice. While still in his teens, he studied at the Spanish Guitar Centre in London and attended the course "Musica en Compostela” in Spain. He lived in Spain for three more years, where he studied and mastered the classical guitar under the tutelage of Maestro Jose Tomas, one of Andres Segovia's most outstanding pupils.
Edward is renowned for his inspired, emotionally riveting, and lyrical guitar and lute playing. His concert appearances range from New York's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, to London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and The Sidney Opera House.
He has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Great Britain, throughout Europe, Sweden, Greece, New Zealand, and Australia. He has performed with such organizations as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Seacliff Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and numerous other orchestras around the world.
Mr. Flower has composed for and worked with many theatre companies – most notably, the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he met the director Peter Brook for whom he created (through improvisation) the guitar music in Brook’s acclaimed production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. He has worked with the Julliard Theater, arranging the score of “The Beggar’s Opera”, and with Music Theater Group for whom he composed two music/theater works. He composed the score for the documentary film “Into the Mainstream”.
Edward has composed, arranged, and recorded numerous works for solo guitar, two and three guitars, guitar and flute, guitar and recorder, guitar and voice, and also guitar with brass quintet, which he recorded with the Empire Brass. Two of his compositions for solo guitar are featured on a Grammy Award winning CD on Sony Classical. He is featured on the recording labels – Argo, EMI, Classic Editions, Musical Heritage Society, Telarc, and Dorian Recordings. Edward has more than 20 recordings to his credit. Some of these have achieved Platinum sales.
His Radio and television appearances include performances for BBC, ITV, PBS, Radio Nacional Espanol, Sveriges Radio, CBC, ABC, WNYC, WQXR, and NPR.
Since 1969, Edward has taught at Ithaca College, Bennington College, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, Colgate University, Simon’s Rock of Bard College, and Boston University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He has also given master classes in guitar and composition at numerous other universities and colleges. Throughout these years, Edward has owned and continues to run the Edward Flower Guitar Studio, where he has offered private lessons in guitar and composition, and welcomed students of all levels and ages, in person and online. Many of his students have gone on to have rewarding careers as professional teachers, performers, and recording artists.
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.+ Read More