Francesco Barone is a leading classical guitar instructor in the Greater Hartford area and currently teaches at The Hartt Community Division and maintains a private studio. Francesco studied Classical Guitar Pedagogy at the Hartt School with Christopher Ladd and has had Suzuki training with Marylou Roberts. He has over ten years of teaching experience at institutions including The Hartt School of Music, Columbia University, Capital Community College, Middlesex Music Academy, Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Hebrew High School of New England, Settlement Music School and The Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia, Pa. The background of teaching at colleges, universities, public & private schools, precollege conservatories, community music schools and music stores has given Francesco the experience to teach students of all ages, levels and aspirations. In addition to Classical Guitar, Francesco teaches a number of other instruments at a beginner level including Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and Piano. Students in all instruments are instructed to seek excellence in technique, musicianship and performance.
I only took lessons with Francesco for about a month due to other obligations in my life but I really enjoyed the lessons. It was a very comfortable environment and he was very knowledgeable. Learning seemed to be easy and asking questions wasn't an intimidating thing. He definitely challenged me and promoted self learning!
Mrs. Barone is a great classical guitar instructor. Mrs. Barone teaches his students in a patient and understanding way, and he provides and helps to build a strong foundation for his students. Besides, Mrs. Barone has broad and deep knowledge in the classical guitar specifically and music in general. I do recommend you to enroll and take lessons with him because he will help you to achieve your goal in the future.
I'm 56 years old nd have been with Francesco for about 1.5 years. He is patient, let's me learn at my pace with no pressure, and was exactly what I was looking for in a teacher.