Michael Kaplan (Director)

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 director 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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まだまだやりつづけたいです!(Student of group class)

TAGA Kids Group Lesson
わたしは。むかしからギターをひくのがゆめでした。それでここで一年くらいいてさいきんうまくなってらくになってきました。まだまだやりつづけたいです! Parent of Nana: グループレッスンなので、音を合わせる楽しさを経験する力や、相手を気遣えるようになってきた。教室のソファが気持ちいい! 〇 Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?: 英語でレッスンしてくれる。 親友といっしょにレッスンができる。 先生がとてもいい先生。
Nana
ナナ
Elementary
小学生(8才)

He is a very kind teacher!!!!

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My teacher always encourages me during the lessons and he is a very kind teacher!!!! And of course, he is a wonderful guitar performer!!!   〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 1 year ago 〇Lesson Style: Acoustic guitar 〇Nationality: Japan 〇Age: 34
Kanako
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Clinical psychologist
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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.
Beatriz
ベアトリス
Elementary
小学生(8才)

I couldn’t be happier!

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I couldn’t be happier! My teacher is great and has motivated me a lot to continue to play. Fantastic!! 〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 1 year ago 〇Lesson Style: Rock guitar 〇Nationality: Belgian   〇Age: 41
Filip
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Finance
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