Zachary Grim

Zachary G.

Gwynn Oak, MD
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My goal as a teacher is to help my students play music and achieve their individual goals while getting the best possible sound from the guitar. After a musical foundation is established, I have found that technique is learned best when in tandem with repertoire that supports it. While I encourage my students to explore various and any genres of music, I do request that my students are open to learning technique as it equips the student with the skills necessary to tackle any genre of music.

About Zachary G.

Zachary Grim enjoys a multifaceted career in performance, teaching, and research. His programs, which focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, have led him to collaborate with variety of venues and organizations such as the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Society of the Cincinnati, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Walters Art Museum, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Allentown Band, and guitar societies on both the east and west coasts. While Zachary brings his music to the concert hall, his mission as a 21st century musician to engage new audiences unfamiliar with the guitar’s vast repertoire has led him to listening rooms, clubs, music therapy centers, radio, and even living rooms to share these intimate programs.

An active teacher, Zachary directs the guitar program at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and is on faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County as well as Baltimore School of Music. Additionally, he has maintained a studio of private students since 2009. His students have become fine musicians and many enjoy performing careers of their own. Previous teaching appointments include the University of Denver as well as a current teaching assistantship at Peabody Conservatory.

Zachary also has strong research interests in musicology and has given lectures and talks on a number of musical topics varying from music of Elizabethan England to popular music genres. Specific topics include the socioeconomic environments that birthed extreme music genres, crossover compositional styles among 21st century guitar composers, the lute music of John Dowland, lute music of the English Tudor courts, and Baroque performance practice.

Zachary received two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from West Chester University (Magna Cum Laude), a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Denver where he received the Outstanding Recital Award, and is pursuing both a Master of Music in Musicology and Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University under Julian Gray.

When he is not performing or teaching, Zachary is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. A former baseball player, one of his favorite past-times is watching the Philadelphia Phillies and frequently visiting the different stadiums in America. Today, Zachary is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys learning more about exercise and nutrition while training for various physical projects.

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Pat
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Zachary is a wonderful classical guitar teacher, studying with him has been a very rewarding experience, he's very talented and knowledgeable. I definitely would not be as far along in my playing if it wasn't for him. 5 stars my favorite teacher.

Posted Apr 10, 2016

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Experience

Adjunct Professor
Mar 2019 - Present

Community College of Baltimore County

Guitar Instructor
Feb 2019 - Present

Baltimore School of Music

Guitar Faculty
Oct 2018 - Present

Baltimore School for the Arts

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present

Zachary Grim

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jan 2019 - Jan 2020

Johns Hopkins University

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

University of Denver

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

Avanti Music Academy

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts (Guitar)
Aug 2018 - Present

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins Conservatory

Master of Music (Music Performance)
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018

University of Denver

B.M. Music Performance (Classical Guitar & Lute)
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015

West Chester University

B.M. Music Education
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015

West Chester University

Languages

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Maryland Teacher Certification
Jul 2020

Maryland State Department of Education

Awards

Johns Hopkins University Scholarship
Sep 2018

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Outstanding Graduate Recital
Jun 2018

University of Denver

Joe Docksey Professional Development Award
May 2017

Lamont School of Music

Fernandez Scholar
Sep 2016

University of Denver

'Best Classical Soloist' Nominee
Aug 2015

Lehigh Valley Music Awards

'Best Male Performer' Nominee
Aug 2015

Lehigh Valley Music Awards

Affiliations

Guitar Foundation of America
Jun 2020
Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

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