Glen Shirley

Glen S.

Bowie, MD
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About Glen S.

Glen began playing the guitar when he was 14 years of age. While making a summer visit to his uncle’s house in Kansas, he began doodling on his uncle’s guitar. The fall that followed his summer visit he enrolled in a guitar class at his school and never looked back. He fell in love with the instrument and has been playing ever since. Moving from the Midwest to east coast he did not meet new friends right away and spent many hours playing his guitar after school.
Upon graduating high school in 1982 he attended Prince George’s Community College where he studied with Fred Karns who was the musical director for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and is also renowned for composing numerous scores for National Geographic documentaries. After 28 years in the corporate world he is currently pursuing a BA in jazz studies at The University of Maryland College Park. Attending UMD he has studied guitar with Gerry Kunkel, jazz combo with Tom Baldwin, and jazz ensemble with Chris Vadala who are three gentlemen that epitomize greatness in the worldwide jazz community performing with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ron Carter, Eric Alexander, Bernadette Peters, and Chuck Mangione.
Along with the UMD jazz ensemble and combo work Glen currently plays with a jazz septet performing music ranging from Broadway show tunes and jazz standards to contemporary jazz and funk. He has performed with many types of rock, country, and blues bands in and around the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. He has also performed orchestra pit work for stage productions such as All Shook Up, Grease, Jazz and Chocolate, Footloose, A Tribute to Michael Jackson, and West Side Story. The biggest musical influence in his life was his very first guitar teacher Rob Izzi. Rob taught him that it was not enough to simply learn songs to play on the guitar but to be a complete musician and listen to and learn from all styles and genres of the musical art form. Glen enjoys incorporating rock, country, blues, classical, and jazz into his playing and teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an easy going laid back instructor that will tailor lessons to the students' interests, goals, and abilities. Raising children has brought teaching even closer to the heart. Imparting knowledge with the hope that students can translate that knowledge to their own lives, I provide an atmosphere and environment that keeps students engaged, helps them find excitement in learning, and heartens them to higher development. I use the William Leavitt Modern Guitar Method, which leans toward jazz, and the Shearer and Carcassi Methods for classic technique. The Chuck Rainey Method along with various other walking and groove books are the focus for bass guitar instruction I also use the Master Series for music theory but, the theory that reigns above all is to HAVE FUN. My instructors have impressed upon me that to truly learn involves behavioral change and if a student holds within, the love and desire for music, there is no limit to what can be learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is a room in my home dedicated solely to music and office-type duties. I have a piano, an upright bass, bass guitars, guitars, amplifiers, recording equipment, and music stands available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and materials they need (of course, after needed materials are established).

*** Specialties ***
I am currently studying jazz but choose not to instruct jazz unless the student has a solid grasp of theory. I specialize in jazz and rock performance and use these genres in my teaching. The books from which I work lean toward jazz/rock and I also use the Shearer and Carcassi classical guitar methods as a basis for technique.


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4 Reviews
Nwayni S.

Excellent Guitar Instuctor

Glen is a wonderful instructor! He even comes with a boat load of patience. I am a young 57 year women who has decided to learn how to play the guitar. Glen doesn’t mind taking time to see how he can help me improve my technique, whether it be the positioning of my fingers or showing me a better way to play a song. It has been great to learning how to play the guitar and having fun while doing it.
In the beginning I was nervous because I would spend a lot of time practicing what Glen wanted me to work on, as in homework. When I showed up for the session I would be so excited to share with him what I had mastered to the point of stringing the wrong strings or playing the wrong note. Glen, was able to calm me down to the point of being able to show my “true” talents. I admire my instructor’s experience in playing the guitar in so many genres. I feel as a student the techniques to learn are endless with him. I highly recommend Glen as an excellent guitar instructor for anyone who want to learn how to play or improve their skills.

Posted Sep 15, 2013
Abigail Y.

Best You'll Ever Find

Mr. Glen has been my teacher for 6 years now and he's taught me so much! He's an amazing teacher. While he's very easy going, I still gain a lot of experience from him. We are constantly having fun and I have used all of the strategies I have learned from him with still more coming at me! I hope everyone takes lessons from him, as he is a truly fantastic teacher!

Posted May 22, 2013
Glen S.

this product has great features

I've been taking lessons from Mr. Shirley for most of seven years. I've found his understanding,knowledge, and teaching abilities applied to music to be SUPERB!! In a student/ teacher relationship patience is a very important aspect. Mr. Shirley has always shown tremendous patience. If there is something the student is not understanding, Mr. Shirley will always find a different way to approach the subject in a more understandable way. Mr. Shirley comes highly recommended. Anyone who can benifit from his remarkable teaching abilities should cosider themselves lucky!!

Posted May 6, 2013
David P.

One heck of a teacher.

Glen is an awesome guitar teacher. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He taught me a lot regarding music theory such as scales, modes, and chord structure. He also helped me out a great deal with my soloing over jazz and blues progressions.

Posted May 2, 2013

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