Guitar Teacher NaokiNaoki 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 have him as part of our team.


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Now I enjoy playing guitar more…

I highly recommend learning guitar at The American Guitar Academy. After my first few lessons I was already noticeably much better at playing and was also learning guitar faster than I have ever had before. Plus, now I enjoy playing guitar more than I ever have!

It’s been about 20 years…

I started to play the guitar again after about 20 years.  I am enjoying learning from the basics to something that I have never learned before regarding Music Theory.  Not only in just guitar, but now I have a deeper understanding of music over all.  I would like to thank my teacher, Michael Kaplan.

I am officially a music major…

I’m doing great and enjoying my time at college. I just wanted to let you all know that I am extremely thankful that I was able to have you as my guitar teachers for about a year, and that I was able to learn from you all. Now that I am officially a music major …

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Unique instruction…

I learned the knowledge and techniques not available in any other schools in Japan!