KEN BROWN, guitar and sitar faculty member, began studying classical guitar at the age of eleven and has studied in master classes and privately with many of the top classical guitarists of today. In addition to classical guitar, Ken has performed in a wide array of musical genres including both Jazz, and Rock, and in settings ranging from film scores, to musical theater. In 2009 Ken has appeared as a guest artist at Arizona Musikfest, and with Nascar’s Kyle Petty at the Reckless Kelley Celebrity Softball Jam, an event organized to help fund programs for exceptional children in Austin, TX. His compositions range in scope from classical to electronic, three of which were recently featured in a modern dance premier in New York City. Ken holds degrees in both music and psychology, and works in depth with students with autism, ADHD, Downs syndrome, and cerebral palsy. He is currently in the process of revising three guitar method books and interactive DVD’s, one of which is written specifically for exceptional children. In addition to guitar, Ken plays sitar, mandolin, pedal steel, and bass. He is an avid visual artist whose artwork was featured on the cover of Soundboard in the spring of 2009. Ken can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAD DICKERSON, guitar faculty, received his bachelors degree in classical guitar performance from Appalachian State University, cum laude, where he studied with Douglass James and Roger Cope. He has performed in master classes for artists such as Stephen Aaron and Elliot Frank. He has worked at the Music Academy of North Carolina since 2006 where he enjoys playing and teaching many styles such as classical, rock, blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and songwriting. His students have been recognized in statewide guitar competitions and have passed college auditions. In 2007 he received the Mary Elizabeth King Brown excellence in teaching award. As a performer he has appeared with the Greensboro Symphony, the Allamance Chorale, and his music has been featured on N.P.R. He performs regularly in the Piedmont area. He can be reached at email@example.com.
GREYSON LEYBOURNE, Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin faculty member, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition. He is currently performing with a variety of regional bands, including Quarter Turn bluegrass band with fellow Music Academy faculty member, Nicholas Rich. In addition to teaching and performing, Greyson is also serving as the choir director at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Gibsonville, NC. Greyson plays banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and piano, with a particular focus on Bluegrass, and Oldtime music. Greyson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK MAZZATENTA, jazz guitar faculty member at The Music Academy of NC, is active in both the jazz and classical worlds as performer and composer. He earned the Master of Music degree at Florida State University in 1987 and taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for over twenty years. He currently teaches at High Point University. Mr. Mazzatenta performs with his twin brother Michael on piano and with his band MAZZJAZZ which has recorded 3 CDs. He has played with Mike Stern and performed concerts with Chris and Dan Brubeck. He is a recipient of the 2010 Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Program grant. Mr Mazzatenta accepts students of all ages and teaches all styles of guitar. He can be reached at email@example.com.