Degrees and Certifications:
M.M. Guitar Performance, SU B.M. Music Industry, JMU
I am excited to begin my fifth year of teaching Guitar and Music Lab classes at Eagle Ridge Middle! My wife and I live in Leesburg where we like to spend time hiking, biking, reading, hearing live music, and hanging out with family and friends.
I started playing the guitar when I was in 8th grade and I'm still playing! I did my undergraduate work at James Madison University and earned a Masters in Guitar Performance from Shenandoah University. These days, you can find me out and about performing on the electric guitar with other musicians all around Loudoun County. I love music and I especially love sharing my passion for the guitar.
I look forward to a fantastic year making music with you!
The Fine Print:
Patrick Fritz holds a M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from Shenandoah University where he studied with Dr. Glenn Caluda and Risa Carlson. While at SU, Patrick served as adjunct guitar faculty teaching undergraduate guitar majors and guitar classes. Patrick also holds a B.M. in Music Industry from James Madison University where he studied with Keith Stevens and performed for a number of years in small jazz ensembles. Patrick’s private guitar students have performed in master classes with Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, Ben Verdery, Ivan Resendiz, Marina Alexandre, Matt Palmer, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Former students have gone on to study music and the guitar at Eastman, Vanderbilt, North Texas, Shenandoah, and James Madison Universities. Competitive students have won a variety of scholarships and awards including the Grand Prize at the Beatty Music Scholarship Guitar Competition, 1st Place at the East Carolina Guitar Festival, and various awards at the Aguado Guitar Competition. He has completed Suzuki teacher trainings with David Madsen, Frank Longay, and Andrea Cannon and is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas through Book 5. Patrick teaches private guitar lessons in Loudoun County and continues to perform locally.