Eli Elstad has been playing music for 16 years, 11 of which have been for
guitar and bass.? Throughout the years he has maintained original groups
focusing on funk/rock/jazz.? When he was younger he studied bass with Jeff
Bailey, in high school he studied music theory and jazz guitar with Kevin
Daley, and during college he studied jazz with David Crittenden.? In 2004 he
won $2000 worth of recording time at MasterMix studios and since then has
continued to be active in the Minneapolis music scene recording several of
his own projects as well as some for other Minneapolis musicians.? He
currently plays guitar in an original funk/rock/progressive trio and is on
staff as a bass player at Mt. Olivet Lutheran church in Plymouth.? In the
last two years he has been instructing guitar around the metro and is
excited to share his unique experience with new students.
James Gould graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. During that time, he studied composition with Dr. Justin Rubin and Dr. Thomas Wegren (one of the founding members of the Chicago Transit Authority). In 2003, he was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project grant for a study in film composition. The result was the multimedia piece Quartet of Colors that was completely filmed and scored by James. His work on this project was awarded 2nd prize in the first annual Below the Belt competition at the Walker Art Center, and runner-up at Duluth?s Frozen Yeti film competition. He was also awarded 2nd and 3rd prize in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra?s Composition Competition in 2003 and 2004 for the orchestral compositions La Valse du Bien et du Mal, and On Horsal Common. He has also had his compositions played by the Verder Trio as well as Dou 46. At the University of Minnesota, James studied jazz guitar with William Barnard and classical guitar with Maria Annoni. In 2005, he was chosen to participate in a master class with the world renowned guitar duo, Sergio and Odair Assad. Since graduating college, James has been playing guitar in the Minneapolis area with rock bands The 4onthefloor(recently featured on CityPages.com) and The Early Effect, as well as heading up music composition projects such as the MPLS Music Group. James also currently works for MakeMusic, Inc. ? the world?s leading music notation software.
Greg has a long history of music education, he started playing music when he was just a young boy in Kindergarten. The first instrument was Violin, which he played for a few years and then moved onto Piano. Greg continued to play Piano until 5th grade when he was allowed to join band and at that time he switched to Alto Saxophone. During all of this time, Greg hadn’t really found the right instrument. Greg’s father pushed him to be active musically, and he remembers hearing “once you hit 9th grade, you can stop playing music if you want”. Once 9th grade started he stopped playing the Saxophone and stayed away from playing until Junior year of high school. It was that summer that Greg’s father encouraged him to pick up the Guitar and take lessons.
Greg began taking music lessons for the summer and it didn’t take long for him to realize that playing guitar was what he wanted to do with his life. Greg now attends Mcnally Smith College of Music for guitar performance and has about one year left until he earns his Bachelors. Since attending Mcnally, he’s opened up to more and more music. Currently Greg listens to Jazz, Country, Classical, Rock, electronic and even Video game music. Greg has a passion for playing different styles of music as well, but his favorites are Solo classical guitar, American Fingerstyle, Fingerstyle Jazz, Rock, Video Game music and Gypsy Jazz. Greg recently started a video game music group in which he has been doing the arranging for along with an original band from school and a Gypsy Jazz group as well.
Greg is a wonderful performer whom will be a delight to students across the metro area. Lesson Match welcomes him to the team and can’t wait to hear from his students!
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