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Al Hare

Playing and teaching music is my life. I believe that everyone aspires to express them self through music. I believe that everyone can learn to play, and I have the pleasure of proving this true every day! 

Al teaches guitar, bass and ukulele and is available for private lessons on Tuesdays by appointment. Buy lessons with Al here!


Joel Kabakov

Joel Kabakov has maintained a multidisciplinary role in the arts, as composer, pianist, guitarist, educator, author and music industry executive. Retreating to the Northwest after over a decade of directing Yamaha Foundation’s advanced music curricula, he now serves as Chair of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Gorge College. “Europatopia” is the performing arts ensemble Kabakov recently formed in Oregon which explores historically and ethnically diverse repertoire.

As Graduate Prize Fellow and doctoral recipient in composition at Harvard, Joel taught chamber music, counterpoint, music history and independent piano studies. Collaborations with the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, Harvard Dance Center and Young Audiences Inc. ensued as did chairmanship of composition at the Boston Conservatory. His present pianistic passion is the ever unfolding “Melodian and Keyboard Explorations” which combines technique, theory, and a “foretaste for composition”. In guitar, Joel specializes in flamenco, early classical, folk and country picking. Buy lessons with Joel here!


Linda McAllister

Linda has been a professional guitar player and has over 30 years of teaching experience. She has performed bluegrass, country, top 40, rock and swing/jazz and folk, in locations across the world including Hawai'i, Florida, Baja, Belize and the great Pacific Northwest. You can expect to have fun and learn in a relaxed setting. Linda teaches group guitar at GCM. Click here for her current or upcoming offerings. 


Jay Reed

Reed’s journey as a musician has been influenced by the classic rock sounds of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, the technical brilliance and inimitable swing of Oscar Peterson, and the more modern sounds of John Scofield and Wayne Krantz, to name just a few.

Reed studied jazz theory and history, small group and big band arranging, and received ensemble and private guitar instruction with some of the best jazz musicians in Canada. Over his twenty plus years of performing as both a leader and sideman in and around the Toronto area, Reed has played thousands of gigs, and has presented original music at the Brantford International Jazz Festival, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival, Willowbank Jazz Festival and In The Soil Arts Festival, among others. Buy lessons with Jay here!



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