Chris Buzzelli was a member of the music faculty at Bowling Green State University from 1984 to 2015, where he was Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies, director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and founding director of the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp.
He has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has presented clinics and masterclasses at regional and national conferences and other colleges and universities around the nation. He has written articles for Jazz Educators Journal, Just Jazz Guitar, and American String Teacher, and has published a number of solo guitar arrangements and guitar ensemble compositions.
He has contributed to numerous publications for Mel Bay Publications including their “Jazz Standards” series, “Guitar Ensemble” series and “Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos” series, and is author of “The Complete Book of Seven-string Guitar”. Many of his arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble are published by Sound Music Publications.
He appears on several recordings, with two released under his own name. Buzzelli maintains an active performing schedule, mostly in the Northwest Ohio area, but has also played in some nationally recognized venues including the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, New York, the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society event held each summer in Nashville, and the first World Guitar Congress held in Towson, Maryland.
Chris is a great guitarist and teacher with many years of experience. Throughout these years, Chris developed a teaching method that concisely And clearly covers all the skills an aspiring guitarist need.
Chris has an Organized, clear approach to teaching one of the most difficult styles to play on guitar: Jazz. His material gives you a solid foundation of knowing the guitar and helps you develop the musical skills necessary to play jazz. His playing ALWAYS swings too!
Chris is a no nonsense teacher of classic "chord solo jazz guitar" in the styles of Montgomery, Galbraith, Breau and Pass. If you put in the time on Chirs' teaching materials, you'll be a chord voicing wizard in no time!
Chris has an enormous resource of tools, not just suggestions but tools and practical exercises that have been honed and tested over a lifetime that help with learning the fundamentals of guitar playing, any style. He has been the chosen teacher for some of the best players on the planet, you will learn much in one lesson and have something to study and apply the rest of your life.
I have a BA in guitar performance and a masters degree in music education. I have about 40 years of teaching experience, more than 30 years at the University level.