We are proud to announce that we have been selected as one of the best places to take guitar lessons in Minnesota by CBS local!
All lessons are one on one and are priced at $20 per half hour. All of our instructors have completed Bachelor of Arts Music degrees. Please note: none of them are employed as salespeople, because we want you to feel that if they give you advice on accessories or repairs, you know that they are doing it because of what will help you as a student, not for a commission check.
Lawrence A. Silvestro
Guitar, Electric Bass, Theory, Ear Training
Former owner of Con Brio School of Music in West St, Paul. Born and raised in New York City. Studied at the NYC school system. Student tutor in Music Dept. Studied double bass with Marvin Topolski of Metropolitan Opera House, and Alvin Brehm.
Knowledge of Ear Training, Theory playing with other players, different venues, and practical application of all. Performing is a big part of the instruction. Played with Bronx Symphony Orchestra three years. Taught grammar school in NYC school system. Been teaching and playing about thirty years.
Has toured twenty seven states, and backed nationalty known acts, such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Belmonts, Crystals and Regents. Has opened for The Rascals, The Animals, Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Bobby Rydell, The Shirelles, Jay and
The Americans and The Turtles. Has played The Jerry Lewis Telethon twice, Man of La mancha at the Westbury Music Fair. Played major venues in NYC, Winter Garden, Madison Square Garden, Felt Forum, Roseland, Walker Theatre, Palladium, Theatre in the Round and Westchester County Center. Has played the Dakota and Minneapolis Convention Center. Former corporate trainer. Former Board of Directors member of House of Charity, Minneapolis and Academic Arts High school, West St Paul.
Bats right throws right.
Teaching Philosophy ...
1. Teach students to teach themselves
2. Teach basics of Music
3. Look for students input
4. lmpart the visceral and mental approach to making Music
5. Teaches students the art of performing
Jonny is a Magna Cum Laude Bachelors of Music degree graduate of McNally Smith College of Music. Known as one of the top young guitarists in the twin cities, Jonny grew up in Clear Lake, IA, where "the music died" in 1959. This infamous plane crash helped to shape Jonny's life and musical education. At a very young age, he fell in love with classic music from Buddy Holly to the Beatles, and soon turned to a life in music. Along with these influences, Jonny is well versed in musical styles from all ends of the spectrum. He currently teaches, records, writes in numerous bands across the metro area, including Jonny James and the Hall of Fames, and also portrays George Harrison in Rubber Soul, a Beatles Tribute.
For more information, feel free to visit the Jonny James and the Hall of Fames website at http://www.jonnyjamesandthehalloffames.com
Jared graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus). Although he has experience in drumming and vocal performance as well as in recording and production, guitar has been his consistent passion for the last ten years. Jared began taking lessons at Eclipse Music at the age of 14 from our former instructor Billy Graczyk (now in LA persuing a full time career in music) and was one of Billy's top students. Early on, he fell in love with rock and metal, but has since branched out into blues, jazz, and steel string acoustic. Over the years he has played in worship bands and his own rock/metal outfits, playing countless gigs and producing and recording his own CD.
Jared's background in music and education comes from growing up as part of a very musical family. Both of his parents graduated with music degrees. His father has a degree in both music education and composition, and his mother continues to teach elementary music education in the public schools today. This environment gave him a deep appreciation for making music. His teaching style strives to give students a solid foundation in musical theory and technique while at the same time getting students excited about playing guitar by helping them learn music in their favorite styles and from their favorite artists. When not teaching, Jared plays in original local band Essex.