MM - State University of New York at Stony Brook
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs
Born into a musical family and raised in Brooklyn NY, Pat’s earliest musical influence was his father, Philip, an accomplished woodwind player and jazz musician. Following in his footsteps, he played popular music in dance and club bands throughout the city. He began intensive study in classical guitar with Jerry Willard and Edgard Dana, at the Guitar Workshop in Oyster Bay, NY. He received his M. Mus. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1981. The same year, he had the honor of performing for the legendary guitarist, Andres Segovia, in Granada, Spain. Other teachers and coaches have included Alexandre Lagoya, Angel Romero and Timothy Walker.
IN 2015, he was accepted into the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory Certificte Program. Through this program, Pat assesses the achievements of guitar students of all ages throughout Canada and the United States. He has been teaching guitar and IB Music at the United Nations International School in New York and has been on the faculties of Long Island University, Dowling College and The Edna Manley College Of The Visual And Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
His recordings include a CD of music for flute and guitar, “Hill of Slane –Psalms, Sonatas and Sojourns” (2008) and also a CD of guitar duos, Catgut Flambo, with guitarist Harris Becker (1999). His books,“101 Tips and Tricks for Acoustic Guitar” and “Learn Folk Guitar with the Music of John Denver” are published by Cherry Lane Music. In addition, Pat has written extensively for the online publication, Guitar Connoisseur.