Michael Kaplan (CEO)

Michael KaplanMichael 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 Classical Guitar he started performing and teaching in the South Florida area. Some of his performing credits include playing with Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Rich Little, and The Average White Band. He also had the honor of playing under the baton of Michael Kamen.

Michael received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar from Florida International University. While there he played with world-renowned trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Mr. Kaplan has been an instructor at Miami Dade College, Barry University, Broward College, and Florida Atlantic University. In addition, he was artist in residence at The Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal where he was head of the Guitar and Bass Department. He has taught courses in Jazz and Pop History, Music Theory, Chamber Music, Jazz Guitar Ensembles, Classical Guitar Ensembles, Jazz Combos, and Improvisation Workshops. In addition, he has judged competitions, juries, and listened to and selected prospective students for many universities.

Currently, he is the CEO of The American Guitar Academy where he teaches guitar as well as booking and promoting concerts and clinics from some of today’s best musicians. Michael has also worked on and transcribed a play along book on guitar comping with Jamey Aebersold and Dr. Mike Diliddo. Mr Kaplan has just released his new Bebop guitar transcription book on Berklee Press/ Hal Leonard and is currently working on his next book.

 

 

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一石二鳥です!

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American Guitar Academyの講師はギターの技術も素晴らしく、また教え方も上手のなで、毎回自分のスキルが上達しているのを感じることができます。また英語でもレッスンの中で英語で会話をすることができるので一石二鳥です! 〇Lesson Style: Rock guitar, Blues guitar
K.O.
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Thanks to you I love music even more!

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I started as a novice beginner (I could not read the score), I really appreciate it is all being taught very politely to me. Thanks to you I love music even more!! The number of classrooms also increased, and time flexibility also works very well, so It is easy to schedule lessons when you are …

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Keep on Rollin’!!

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Fell in love in the world of Blues, I came to The American Guitar Academy.  I was at a point where self-learning was not enough to take me to the next level on something that I am passionate about.  Thanks to my teacher’s dedicated teaching, after taking some lessons, the barrier to the next step …

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I’m really glad I came to TAGA! (Group class student)

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I really like the lessons here in TAGA because the teachers are gentle and pay attention to see whether you’re having trouble following the class or not. I’m really glad I came to TAGA!  
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