Meet Our Teachers!
Alex Katsumata (guitar, bass guitar)
Hailing from Japan, Alex has been in Hong Kong since 1992 and has worked as a professional musician since – performing, recording and composing. Alex has performed in major Hong Kong venues such as Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre and many more. Alex plays a versatile range of genres and has worked with many prolific musicians, including Nathan East, George Lynch, and even having composed a hit song for Vivian Chow which remained in the top of the charts for over 3 months. Alex loves to share his passion for music and his expertise for both guitar and bass and has done so with several years of teaching experience.
From Los Angeles California, Michael has been entertaining audiences all over the US and in China for over 20 years. An advocate of arts education, Michael was the music coach at the award winning Academy Of The Visual And Performing Arts in Los Angeles. In Nashville Tennessee (Music City USA), Michael was a staff song writer at one of the worlds largest music publishing companies, mentored by Buddy Killen (Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton etc.) where he wrote songs for other successful country and pop singers in the US. After 10 years of coming to perform in Hong Kong, Michael decided to make it his new home, where his vast experience and versatility allows his students the solid direction and progress that they desire.
Ric Newsom, from Atlanta US has now lived in Hong Kong for 7 years and has been playing guitar since August of 1996, and he has written music and played live regularly since January of 2006. Learning from a Berklee Music graduate, Ric himself is an experienced teacher, having taught guitar over the course of 6 years. He specializes in electric guitar, lead guitar, and composition, and his primary styles are blues, rock, and pop. Ric currently writes and performs in emerging Hong Kong-based alternative rock band, Esimorp.
Terry has started playing music since the age of 10. With over 20 years experience of playing guitar, Terry’s vast knowledge makes him ideal for students of all levels. Having been actively involved in music, Terry is familiar with a wide range of techniques on the guitar. He is also a composer, audio editor, producer, sound engineer and gear enthusiast. The lessons with Terry will be comprised of hands-on technique, music theory, music production and ear training. Students are also welcome to bring their favourite songs in the curriculum.
From Australia, Paul has now been teaching all ages and levels in Hong Kong for 3 years. Having completed a Bachler of Music (Performance), majoring in guitar, Paul’s solid understanding of the instrument as well as his experience as a full time musician in Australia, Japan and the US makes him an ideal teacher for any student.