Anri Maruyama – Trial Lesson Assessment Specialist/Director

Anri was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 11 and switched to electric guitar at the age 13. At the age of 17, after playing in several rock bands as a teenager, he attended Musicians Institute (MI), which sparked his interest in Jazz and improvised music.  In 2006, at the age of 21, Anri got accepted to the renowned German music conservatory Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. While there, he studied under renowned European guitarist Frank Möbus. During his time at the conservatory he had the opportunity to participate in various master classes and workshops with artists such as John Taylor, Palle Danielson, Martial Solal, Carlos Bica, Jim Black, Renaud Garcia Fonds and Martin France. To further his education, Anri attended Berklee College of Music in 2011 on a special 1 year scholarship. Anri has also worked and composed for various TV commercials and musicals in the Germany, including the famous “Film studios Babelsberg”.  After receiving his Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar in 2013 from Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, Anri moved to Tokyo and is continuing his work on his own original art and compositions. The American Guitar Academy is proud to have him as part of our team!


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I can learn English and the guitar at the same time, so I think it’s like killing two birds with one stone. All the teachers have Individuality and it is interesting. Parent of Ritsu: 先生がみなさんフレンドリーで、楽しくレッスンを受けられています。クラシックだけではなく「コード」「ピック」も学ぶ事ができます。 レッスンの曜日、時間の選択肢が豊富で受講しやすいです。 振替もHPで確認、変更できるのでたいへん便利です。

It’s not just guitar, it’s “Music”…

I am having a lot of fun learning at the American Guitar Academy! My teacher has taught me not only guitar but what music really is.  I was obsessed with learning techniques and I have forgotten the fun when playing the guitar.  My teacher always reminds me of the fun when I was struggling with …

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At the American Guitar Academy, not only just learning songs, but I also got to strengthen my foundation and get to learn how to use various of techniques naturally.  It’s such a big difference between a player who gets the basics down compares to a player who doesn’t.

We can easily communicate in English…(Student of group class)

TAGA Kids Group Lesson
Parent of Beatriz: Beatriz enjoys the lesson a lot. It’s good to listen her laughing while practicing. Both teachers are great and the staff always nice. 〇Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?: We can easily communicate in English.