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AMERICAN MUSIC ACADEMY

Find out about Summer 2018 Group Lessons
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​PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

Piano  |  Guitar  |  Bass  |  Violin  |  Vocals  |  Ukuelele  |  Clarinet  |  Alto Saxophone

Call (671) 647-6895 or email americanmusicguam@gmail.com to schedule a lesson!

 

TUITION  

Private:  One 30-minute lesson per week   $135 Per Month

Private:  One 60-minute lesson per week    $270 Per Month

Single or Trial Lesson:  One 30-minute lesson   $35  | One 1-Hour lesson  $70

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Please pay all lesson fees at the front register before or on the day of the first lesson of each month. (Cash, debit or credit cards accepted. No checks please).

REGISTRATION FEE There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $25.

AMA STUDENT BENEFITS 10% discount on selected instruments and 15% instructional material.

RECITALS  We will notify you ahead of time, when we have a recital planned so that you/your child may exercise the option to participate. It’s lots of fun!

COMMUNICATION Instructor Cancellations – The instructor or staff will contact you at least 24 hrs. in advance if it is necessary to reschedule a class.

STUDENT CANCELLATIONS  We require 24 hr. notice in order to schedule make-up lessons. Please call 647-MUZK (6895) for cancellations. Without 24 hr. notice, the fee for the lesson may be forfeit.

INSTRUCTOR CANCELLATIONS The instructor or staff will contact you at least 24 hrs. in advance if it is necessary to reschedule a class.

STUDIO RENTAL: This is for musicians who require practice/rehearsal space.

30-Minutes   $15     w/Studio Equipment  $25

1-Hour            $30     w/Studio Equipment  $50

Our Teachers

Music teachers at American Music Academy have years of experience and work well with children and adults alike. Let our instructors help you reach your musical goals.

Mr. Jan Rudolph

Piano, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

Jan Rudolph was a classically trained pianist since the time of his youth. He began playing clarinet in middle school. He played in the marching band and Jazz band in high school. He pursued a piano major in college where he received professional instruction on both the piano and clarinet. While in college, he turned his attention toward teaching and received his teaching certification from California State University at Los Angeles. He has been a public school teacher on Guam for 30 years. He was a music specialist for 5 of those years. He has enjoyed conducting his school choir for many of those years.

He has been a member of the Guam Territorial Band for the past 20 years. He has accompanied the band to Europe, Japan, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and to Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has been tasked to perform on both the piano and clarinet for various concerts.

Jan has played the keyboard for local bands such as Eventide, Pacific Jazz, and currently plays in a trio at Jeff’s Pirates Cove every other Sunday. Every Other Sunday is the name of the band. He enjoys performing, but believes his strength lies in teaching. He believes that students should be classically trained, ensuring that they learn proper techniques. It is also important that students gain an appreciation for the great classical composers and their compositions.

He also grew up with the likes of Elton John and Billy Joel. He also has a real admiration for all the great jazz musicians of this era. He enjoys incorporating jazz instruction into his style of teaching. His goal is to inspire people of all ages to reach their musical potential.

Mr. Thomas Neuman

Violin Instructor

Tom Neuman is a classically trained violinist with over 20 years of advanced musical and technical experience. Born in Korea and raised in Wisconsin, he began playing the violin at age 5 and progressed under private tutelage. Tom followed the Suzuki Method until advancing to more complex pieces, like Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor and Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 in G major.

Throughout his grade school and high school years, he played in the school orchestra and performed at several private recitals. During those years, he was also invited to audition for and play in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra – a competitive private youth symphony. While playing in that orchestra, he achieved leadership positions as violin section leader and as the concertmaster.

During his college years at Marquette University in Wisconsin, Tom continued his passion for playing classical music by joining the college orchestra. To keep that musical passion alive, Tom has recently joined the Guam Symphony Society as well as a string ensemble. As a newcomer to the Island, Tom really looks forward to sharing his love of playing the violin with the greater Guam community!

Mr. Bert Delgado

Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

Bert Delgado has been playing guitar for over 30 years and bass for over eight years. He values his music education under both Dr. Randy Johnson and Dr. Lisa Lutter at the University of Guam. Bert has played with well-known local bands including Serenu, Maseha, Mad Men & A Lady, Siracha, and currently he is playing with Caliente.

His musical influences range from classical to jazz, even to progressive rock and he enjoys everything from Mozart to Bowie–David, that is:)

Bert teaches guitar and bass, as well as beginning ukulele and beginning piano.

PS Bert isn’t a fan of photos:)

Nicole B. Benevente

Vocal Instructor

Nicole B. Benavente has a bachelor’s in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from the University of Portland. Professional performance credits include mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and member of the women’s chorus in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Ruddigore and The Pirates of Penzance. 

She was born and raised on Guam where she got her first taste of theater as the Narrator in a production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat. Nicole continued to study voice at the collegiate level under the instruction of Dr. Nicole Leupp Hanig. From 2012 to 2016, Nicole sang with the Women’s Chorale and the University Singers eventually leading the alto section and conducting several performances. Nicole studied abroad in Italy in 2015 and performed several pieces for Italian audiences, including part of Idomeneo by W.A. Mozart.

Nicole is thrilled to teach voice in her private studio on Guam training students in vocal technique and theory to help them discover their full potential and enjoyment of music and performance. She also enjoys singing musical theatre, jazz and soul music. She performs with MAGIS a renowned community mixed chorale and sings regularly at her church — Life in the Son Christian Fellowship.

Melvin T. Cruz

Guitar, Ukulele, Violin

Melvin T. Cruz is a resident of Agana Heights. He attended the University of Guam, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has been
teaching guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and violin full-time since 2003. Most recently, he taught guitar and ukulele at Shimbros Music , JB’s Ukulele Hut, and currently, at American Music. He also has a private teaching studio in Agana Heights. He also sings and plays guitar in one of the choirs at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Agana Heights. Mr. Cruz has played with many performing ensembles on Guam. His students have continued to pursue music in higher education, and perform internationally. He has two children, Dylan and Aurora Ysabella, and is married to Michele Lowe Cruz.

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