The American Guitar Academy boasts some of the best guitar instructors in Tokyo and Yokohama!

We are the only guitar school in Tokyo and Yokohama where you can learn guitar in different languages including Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and German.

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Anri Maruyama – Trial Lesson Assessment Specialist/Director

Anri Maruyama

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 …

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Ashton (Vocal)

Ashton

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ashton has expanded his love for music across the ocean to Japan. He began his musical endeavors as a young boy on Detroit’s west side taking lessons in violin, piano, percussion, and voice. He continued his love for musical knowledge at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Jazz Studies in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Ashton has performed with jazz greats such as Jon Hendricks, Rodney Whitaker, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. He has also recorded and performed with Ken Hirai. In January of 2005 Ashton performed two concerts of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s …

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Carl Herring – Trial Lesson Assessment Specialist

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Born in the UK, Carl graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with First class honours. His ‘sparkling technique and amiable musicality that radiates warmth’ (Gramophone) have delighted audiences around the world. Winner of the Julian Bream Prize and the Ivor Mairants Award (for jazz on the classical guitar), his performances in a wide variety of genres are evidence of his exceptional versatility. As a classical guitarist, he has performed concerti such as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with leading orchestras and was a member of TETRA guitar quartet. However, he has also appeared with jazz giants such as Tim Garland (Chick Corea & The Vigil) and played electric guitar …

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Giovanni

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Giovanni began studying classical guitar at 10 years old and electric at 14.  After his formative years as a heavy metal guitarist, he joined a private college in Rome at the age of 19 to learn other kinds of music such as Blues, Funk, and Jazz. Giovanni had the opportunity to study with, and attend clinics and masterclasses, with many famous professional Italian and international musicians. Upon his graduation, he continued his studies at the conservatory in L’Aquila of renaissance lute, baroque guitar, classical guitar, and other acoustic genres such as Bossa Nova, Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rumba, and more. In addition, Giovanni has had a professional career as a performing artist, studio musician, composer, …

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Hiroshi

Hiroshi

Hiroshi was born in Tokyo. He began learning the guitar when he was 13. Hiroshi moved to North Carolina, USA to begin his studies in classical guitar at Campbell University. After earning his BA in 2000, Hiroshi continued his classical guitar studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He completed his Master’s degree in 2003. In 2004 Hiroshi went back to school to further his musical studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia and graduated in 2007 with a Doctorate degree in classical guitar performance. Hiroshi’s main style is classical guitar. However, he also performs and teaches other styles such as folk, rock and blues. Having taught at …

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Joe

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Joe was born in Illinois, USA, and spent his formative years in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated with top honors from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA, USA) in 2014. Joe began playing piano from a young age and was involved with his school’s music programs on both guitar and saxophone since the age of 12. His musical talents developed through involvement in the local music scene, teaching private guitar lessons and performing in ensembles including the All-State Jazz Band, as well as his own progressive rock band. During that time he studied guitar with local jazz fusion legend John Wheelis. At Berklee, he studied Contemporary Writing & Production, growing …

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Julian

Julian

Julian was born and raised in Birmingham, England, Julian was first introduced to music at an early age through the sounds of classic rock bands such as Queen, Deep Purple and Dire Straits. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 during the height of American-pop punk popularity. After a short obsession with pick scrapes and power chords he discovered the technically diverse world of heavy metal. In 2010, at the age of 21, he graduated from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in UK with a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance. During his time there, he was tutored by world renowned fusion/jazz guitarists such as Guthrie Govan, Paul …

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Michael Kaplan (CEO)

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is a Jazz Guitarist and a multi faceted musician. A classically trained guitarist with a Masters Degree in Jazz, he has performed, taught, and recorded in every musical style from Rock, Funk, Blues, and Metal, Classical, R & B, Country, Broadway and Reggae. Michael was born in New Jersey and as a child studied percussion, bass, trumpet, and piano. At the age of 7 he moved to New York where he eventually settled on the guitar. While attending The University of Miami, Mr. Kaplan studied with internationally acclaimed guitarist Juan Mercadal, who also trained world-renowned guitarists Steve Morse and Manuel Barrueco. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in …

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Mike Stern (Guest Lecturer)

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Mike Stern is a 6 time Grammy nominee American jazz guitarist. After playing for a few years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, he landed a gig with drummer Billy Cobham and then broke through with trumpeter Miles Davis’ comeback band from 1981 to 1983, and again in 1985. Following that he launched a solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums. He was hailed as the Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine. At the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in June 2007, Stern was honored with the Miles Davis Award, which was created to recognize internationally acclaimed jazz artists whose body of work has contributed significantly to the …

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Naoki

Guitar Teacher Naoki

Naoki received his Bachelors of Music from the Musicians Institute’s (MI) College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles, USA.  After returning to Japan, Naoki has taught various advanced courses at MI Japan in Tokyo.  He has had the opportunity to record and play with various artists such as Mary Stickels, Tony Suggs, Fumio ” Hank” Nishiyama, Shingo Yamamoto, Ko Ito, Joe Kids, Kaori Kuno and more.  Naoki has also worked and composed for various TV commercials and musicals in Japan.  As an author, he has written books for guitar education published by Rittor Music as well as translated DVDs and books by overseas artists.  The American Guitar Academy is proud to …

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