Degrees and Certifications:
M.M. Guitar Performance, SU B.M. Music Industry, JMU
I am thrilled to begin another year of guitar classes at Trailside Middle! This will be my second year teaching 7th and 8th grade guitar classes at TMS and Eagle Ridge Middle. I will be at Trailside on A Days, and Eagle Ridge on B Days. I live in Leesburg with my beautiful wife and we like to spend time hiking, going to concerts, and hanging out with family and friends. I started playing the guitar when I was in 8th grade and I'm still playing! Even though I teach a lot, you can still find me out and about playing the guitar with other musicians. I love music and I especially love the guitar! I am looking forward to a fantastic year at Trailside!
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.