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Terry Mills, Guitar Lessons: Sebastopol and Santa Rosa: Bio

TEACHING: What do you want to accomplish as a guitarist/musician? Perform for others? Join in with others in guitar and song circles? Play for your own enjoyment? Write music using the guitar as your accompaniment instrument? I've guided hundreds of students from beginners to advanced in their quest to realize their musical desires.
My intention as a teacher is to provide a relaxed, fun environment for you, where the joy of music making is the primary objective. My goal is to impart, based on your individual needs, the information and skills necessary to create in you a solid foundation which promotes your sense of creative self-sufficiency. While I specialize in classical guitar instruction (an excellent way to lay a solid musical foundation), I also enjoy teaching folk and acoustic pop styles as well as beginning
instruction in the basics of jazz and flamenco guitar genres. Interwoven in the lessons is a solid grounding in the basics of music theory and practice.


ABOUT ME:
I have been performing and teaching as a guitarist and lutenist in the Bay Area for several years. The past Director of Guitar Studies at the University of Pacific’s Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA (35 years), I've taken up residence in Sonoma County where for the past 17 years I've maintained a private instruction, home-studio in Sebastopol.


PERFORMING: I'm performing member of a contemporary folk trio, THE FARALLONS, with wife Linda Weber and songwriter Tom Richardson. Also, along with guitar-partner, JESSE BOGGS, I perform in a casual jazz duo. Recently, I paired with classical violinist Richard Heinberg. We call ourselves DUO GIULIANI and play everything from the classics to Joplin. My personal musical interests include contemporary, bossa-nova, jazz and flamenco guitar styles.

As an event performer, I bring years of professional and artistic experience to special events of all genres and tailor presentations to the specific wishes and needs of my clients.


EDUCATION: includes private instruction with teacher-mentor, Phillip de Fremery, a degree in Music Education from the University of Pacific ('71), graduate studies in classical guitar with Richard Savino at Sacramento State (80's), participation in master classes at the Aspen Music Festival with maestro Oscar Ghiglia (70&71), and private studies in the Bay Area with George Sakellariou and David Tanenbaum. Lute and baroque guitar studies were accomplished domestically and in England.