Jonathan Gangi has been heard in a range of venues throughout northeast Ohio including the Hudson Public Library, the University of Akron, Trinity Lutheran Church of Ashland, and Ashland University. He has twice been invited to the 'Classical Minds' guitar festival in Houston where he was a member of the teaching faculty and performed both in concert at the festival and on the Houston Public Radio program, " The Front Row"; he also was a prize winner in the James Stroud Classical Guitar Endowed Scholarship Competition 2007 at the University of Akron, where he earned both his BM and MM in classical guitar performance under Stephen Aron.
In addition to his activities as a soloist, Gangi has accompanied flutists, violinists, and singers, played in a guitar duo and as a member of the Akron Flamenco Guitar Ensemble, and as an accompanist for the Neos Dance Co. Gangi has composed and recorded several of his own original works. Two of the tracks from his CD, Jonathan Gangi Classical Guitarist, have had choreography created to them by Robert Wesner, Artistic Director of Neos Dance Co.
As a teacher, Gangi has been on the faculties of both Ashland University and Muskingum College, and has been teaching privately for 7years. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition, and is also a faculty member of the University of South Carolina Aiken campus. Jonathan is currently pursuing a DMA in classical guitar performance under Christopher Berg at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, where he has devolped and teaches a guitar course as a GTA.
Gangi'sTeaching Philosophy: I aim to share my love of music and guitar, and I thoroughly enjoy working with people of all ages, from the very young to the very young at heart. My teaching philosophy is to combine the development of musicality, technique, and theory to enable the student to become a well informed and well rounded guitarist and musician, able to easily play any and all styles of guitar. I strive to motivate, encourage, and nurture my students in order to help them reach their potential. In doing so, I enjoy the teacher/student bond that develops. If the student has a love for music and the guitar, and an open mind, that student will love learning from me.
Student Testimonials: “I will recommend Jonathan Gangi to any and everyone who will lend an ear. He was able to pick out the pros and cons of the learning style I had adopted over the years, and helped to refine my playing, giving me a cleaner sound. I hope to be under his tutelage again.”
“I found Jonathan’s teaching to be very insightful and encouraging. He never held back any knowledge he could share, and showed a great interest in helping his students grow. My playing has benefited greatly from his teaching.”
“He taught me technique, which is what I really needed to work on!”
“I learned a lot and greatly improved. I liked the variety of music in the solo and ensemble pieces.” “He is a really good instructor; very supportive, positive, and patient.”
“Thanks for being such an awesome teacher!”
“He did a fantastic job; the best teacher I ever had!”
“He was able to critique and fine tune my skills and increase my learning speed.”
“I was fascinated by the many different styles of music presented to me, and was very inspired. He has much talent and is very informative and respectful!”