John Williams
Philadelphia, PA
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John Williams

John W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am available for private lessons at my studio in Center City Philadelphia, as well as online lessons. I work with students of all ages and levels, including beginners.

Teaching is a passion of mine and I truly enjoy helping students of all levels achieve their musical goals.

I don’t apply a singular approach for each student, because every student has their own strengths and weaknesses. As lessons continue, I pay close attention to how a student learns and picks up on new information which I use to guide me in choosing the most effective strategies going forward. Depending on the level, lessons can range from reading music, developing and improving technique, and understanding the music to allow for informed musical choices.

While I will always have suggestions regarding the choice of repertoire, I think it’s very important for the student to be playing music that they personally enjoy and will be motivated to practice. With beginners I do encourage a more structured approach, but I always want it to be enjoyable. Regardless of level, the importance of effective and efficient practice methods is always stressed.

About John W.

Award-winning artist, John W. is establishing a reputation as both a virtuoso concert artist and devoted teacher. By age 16 he had garnered over 20 prizes at competitions, including the first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival youth competition, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and the second prize at the International Guitar Foundation of America young artist competition. In addition, he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud competition and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition.

John's unique musicality and refined technique can be seen in his performances. He is frequently invited to play and teach at venues across the United States as well as internationally. In 2018, John toured Panama as a guest artist for the Panama Guitar Festival where he not only performed but gave masterclasses and adjudicated for the Panama Guitar Competition. Other engagements include solo recitals at Oberlin College and Moravian College and he was a guest artist for the 2019/20 season of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. John Marcel has made numerous media appearances on various radio and TV programs, most notably performing on NPR’s program, “From the Top,” where he was also awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Most recently, in 2019 John debuted with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro John Devlin, performing Elmer Bernstein’s Guitar Concerto.

John began to study the guitar at age 10 and his talents were quickly noticed by the late Aron Shearer, who encouraged him to continue his pursuit as a classical guitarist. John went on to study with Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory at age 13, under whose guidance he began to gain attention winning competitions across the United States. He also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival after an invitation from Sharon Isbin, professor of guitar at the Julliard School.

John started his collegiate studies with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2011 and received both his undergraduate and master's degree in guitar performance. Since the fall of 2018, John has continued his studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Grammy award-winning artists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.

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Education

Artist Diploma
Aug 2018 - May 2021

Curtis Institute of Music

Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Peabody Conservatory of Music

Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Peabody Conservatory of Music

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