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Patrick Smith
Teaches Monday thru Saturday

Patrick Smith is a composer/guitarist/teacher based in Maryland. Although Patrick's passion for guitar performance started at an early age, his interest in composition began to emerge as an adolescent in the form of songwriting. As a guitarist in various bands throughout his young life, Patrick performed an eclectic variety of styles (mostly classic rock, pop, blues, progressive rock, etc.) and could often be found taking on the principal songwriting responsibilities, writing guitar-centric songs in the style of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen.

As his musical interests widened, Patrick found a new passion in the composition of art music. He studied composition under Dr. Anna Rubin and Dr. Linda Dusman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and studied classical guitar under Dr. Zane Forshee. Patrick's music has been performed at UMBC’s Livewire Festival (an annual New Music festival), Carroll Community College faculty recitals, and he has worked with ensembles such as Baltimore’s SONAR New Music Ensemble. His music explores various areas of compositional interest including timbral variety, extended instrumental techniques, imitative counterpoint, and non-functional tonality.

Equally present in his musical life, Patrick has been teaching privately since his early 20s. He has established a reputation as a meticulous, careful instructor who values the individual musical personality of each student, and provides a respectful, productive atmosphere for musical growth. Patrick has been an adjunct music faculty member at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD since January of 2010, and has been a guitar instructor at Mike’s Music since January of 2010.

Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in music composition from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May of 2015 where he was also recognized with the 2015 Music Achievement Award, as well as the award for Outstanding Student in Music Composition for 2015.
Todd Shelar
Teaches Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

BS in English and Classical Guitar Performance from Frostburg State University. Todd has been playing guitar for over 20 years and he has 15 years worth of teaching experience. Specializes in Classical Guitar, but also teaches Rock, Punk, Pop, Indie, Funk, and Folk guitar.

Studied rock and blues with Andy Jones, Jazz and classical with Scott Elliott, had master classes with Paul Galbraith and the Brazilian Guitar Quartet. He currently studies with guitar great Paul Wingo.

Todd has over 15 years performing experience in a variety of styles, including big band Jazz ensembles, classical chamber ensembles, folk bands, and many original rock bands and musical projects. Todd is currently active in his band Fevers, his solo project Pergola, as a solo classical guitarist and as part of a flute and guitar duo called the Greenspring Flute and Guitar Duo.
Todd teaches beginners bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin and cello, as well as classical guitar ensemble and music theory. Todd welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds, skill levels and looks forward to collaborating with you on your musical journey.itar Quartet. Has over 10 years performing experience in a variety of styles. Also teaches bass guitar and mandolin.