Seamus McDaniel

Seamus M.

Richmond, VA
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Seamus delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 80

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Hi! My name is Seamus. I've been a musician and guitarist for over a decade now and am on my last semester of studying music and classical guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Within the past few years, I've had the opportunity of studying with many talented and experienced professors and instructors of classical guitar, notably John Patykula at VCU. I've earned the rank of concertmaster of the guitar ensemble and have performed with the group and solo on many occasions within my time at school. Outside of my studies, I have performed classical guitar for weddings, business conventions, parties, etc. and have an extensive repertoire that has helped me cater to different kinds of events. I pride myself on my classical guitar technique and have been through many masterclasses and lessons to perfect each intricacy.

As well as classical guitar, I also play electric guitar in two local progressive metal bands, Retrosphere and Epiphany. Both bands incorporate technical and difficult guitar parts and have grown to incorporate extensive composition, theoretical elements, and self-production. I've had the opportunity of performing at local venues like Strange Matter, Capital Ale House, Gallery5, and others.

As a teacher, I aim to individualize lesson plans and want all of my students to reach their goals with the guitar and in music. With this, I do try to incorporate as many elements of music as necessary in teaching. This can include anything such as ear training, sight reading, music theory, and technique. Of course, things are flexible and in the end, I just want you to find what you love with the instrument and have fun!

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Guitar Mentor
Dec 2018 - Present
Passion Academy

I recently became a mentor of guitar at Passion Academy here in Richmond, VA and have several students to whom I teach guitar and bass guitar.

Private Event Performer
May 2017 - Present

I've performed classical guitar repertoire solo at various events and locations around Richmond, VA. All employers have been through recommendation or word of mouth.


Music, Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2015 - May 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jesús Silva Guitar Scholarship
Aug 2016
John Patykula, Virginia Commonwealth University
Provost Scholarship
Aug 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University

Photos & Videos

My performance of Jorge Morel's Danza in E Minor at a VCU Student Recital in 2018.
Me and my band Epiphany performing at Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA in 2018.

A playthrough of "Burst," a song from my band Retrosphere's first and debut album In Motion.
I had the opportunity of performing a full 30-minute classical guitar set at Evolving Art Machine in Fredericksburg, VA.

Me and my band Retrosphere performing at Gallery5 in Richmond, VA in 2018.

Here is a music video for my band Epiphany's song "Veritgo" off of our debut EP. The video includes live footage from our EP release show.

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