COVID-19 Update: all lessons have transitioned to the live video platform Zoom. New students are still welcome at this time. In order to support continued learning through these hard times, reduced rates are available upon request. 


Kurt is an accomplished music educator, dedicated to facilitating the natural unfolding of innate musicality in students of all ages and backgrounds. 


Kurt offers lessons in the following disciplines

- Guitar                 - Dobro 

- Bass                    - Slide Guitar 

- Pedal Steel        - Music Theory 

- Lap Steel           - Song Writing 

- Banjo                  - Improvisation 


Kurt has years of experience offering music clinics, workshops, classroom and private lessons. He has served as a core faculty member at the Rochester Contemporary School of Music and has strengthened the musical community at the YMCA through innovative programming, and the development of popular ensemble and club opportunities. Kurt’s enriched public and private school music programs by leading improvisation clinics; mentoring concert, jazz and rock bands; and providing advisement in music careers and professional musicianship.


Musical Studies:

Ethnic Music Studies and Jazz Guitar - Eastman School of Music - Rochester, NY 

Hindustani Classical Music - Ali Akbar College of Music - San Rafael, CA

Jazz Studies with Mike Denny at The University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

Guitar Studies with Ken Maracek at Alfred University - Alfred, NY


Kurt is a lifelong student of music and continues to pursue various instrumental studies. Informally, he has studied with musical greats such as Gordon Stone, Tony Trichka, Musekiwa Chingodza & David Leibman.

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