Guitar

Learn how and what you want to learn. Our teachers will guide you from the most beginner levels all the way to the most advanced techniques of rock and jazz guitar. Footprints philosophy is one where egos and intimidating teaching techniques are left at the door. We push you to improve but still make learning fun. Don’t have a guitar yet? Guitar rentals are available.

Pavel Gurvich

Beginning his musical studies on classical piano at a young age, Pavel has developed and evolved his musical passion across a wide range of disciplines over the past 20 years. He has performed in countless ensembles ranging from classical symphony orchestras to jazz and rock bands. As a self-learned guitarist, bassist and drummer he well understands the process

of learning and adapts a unique teaching approach for each of his students. His teaching philosophy centers on patience and positive reinforcement while maintaining the importance of practice, having fun, and paying individual attention to each student’s goals.

Aside from teaching and performing, Pavel is also an active composer, producer, and aspiring musical engineer involved in the Toronto music scene. Having collaborated with many artists in the city and abroad, he helped record and produce a number of original composition albums.

Pavel has studied independent music production at Seneca College as well as classical guitar performance at York University. He is a diverse and multifaceted musician and teacher proficient in guitar, bass, piano and drums, playing across many genres from classical and jazz to rock and contemporary pop.

 James Duff

 

Dalhousie University graduate

Solon Gee

 

Kyle Kirkpatrick

Kyle is a graduate student from the prestigious Humber College Music Program where he specializes in guitar. He has been teaching music for the past eight years to students aged 5-40 in private and group settings.  In addition to his teaching experience, Kyle is also a frequent performer in Toronto and is well versed in a variety of genres including jazz, bluegrass and rock. At Humber College, Kyle has been involved in a variety of different ensembles, including the Latin Ensemble, with which he played in Mexico as part of the G20 Reception, as well as the Canadian Embassy and at the Canadian Literary Festival in Tepoztlan, Mexico in front of an audience of over 1,300 people. Kyle also developed a student concept ensemble for the music of Charles Mingus and is part of the college’s new, unique bluegrass ensemble.

He has volunteered as a choir leader/accompanist at elementary schools and has also appeared as a guest Clinician at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School teaching classes of 15-40 students.

Kyle is proficient in a number of instruments such as guitar, ukulele, dobro and mandolin and is capable of providing fun, interesting lessons for all ages.

Joseph Landau

Besides his work as a music teacher, Joseph is also an active guitarist, songwriter, and composer.  He is interested in Joseph2a variety of styles including folk, classical, and klezmer, and can be seen regularly performing as a soloist, and member of small and large ensembles, and rock bands. Through these ventures Joseph has played at venues, and festivals all across Ontario and Québec, and in just about every setting you could imagine. Joseph’s work as a composer and arranger have proven to be equally diverse over the past few years, having released two albums of original material, as well as writing and arranging pieces for various chamber groups.  In addition you can find his compositions for classical guitar published with Heron Creek Music.

Joseph maintains an active life as both a student and teacher.  He has studied guitar with Brian Katz, and composition with Mike Cado and David Lidov. Joseph is a graduate of York University’s Faculty of Music (BFA Hon. Spec. 2013 – Dean’s List), and is currently working towards obtaining his Performers ARCT at the Royal Conservatory.  Joseph has been teaching music for almost as long as he could play, whether you’re interested in classical, jazz, rock or anything else, he can help you learn.

 

Alex Hobcraft

 

With a Royal Conservatory background Alex decided to branch off into the Rock world of guitar playing. Learning

Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

the tricks of masters like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and countless others Alex was approached by music schools and various websites to teach his ways.  After a 5 year teaching stretch at Walters Music Alex and his wife opened Footprints Music. Alex has a passion to teach and uses his extensive knowledge and training to share his skills with others.