Ellen Whitaker began teaching herself to play the guitar in 1966 at the age of nine. She began taking lessons at the age of 12, narrowing her focus to the study of classical guitar.
Ellen began her formal training in music theory at City College of San Francisco, and went on to earn a B.A. in Music from Mills College, and an M.A. degree in Music Theory from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Ellen has written original studies and repertoire pieces for solo guitar, original music for various chamber ensembles and arrangements of music from various folk traditions for guitar (solos and duets).
Ellen's book, Jewish Traditions for Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar, is an anthology of 26 arrangements of tunes from a wide range of Jewish music traditions. The book includes 20 solos and 6 duets, complete with extensive performance notes and annotations, bibliography and discography. An appendix (with glossary) discusses in considerable detail the scales often found in Jewish music.
This book and other musical offerings including Christmas music and original repertoire pieces for the guitar are available at Press For Peace Music Publications.
In addition to teaching guitar and music theory independently since 1981, Ellen has also taught undergraduate college classes in music fundamentals, advanced theory and composition while at UCSB.
She has also taught individual guitar lessons at Durham Arts Council and in-school classes at various schools including Voyager Academy in Durham, NC. Please visit the Lessons Page for more information.
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Guitar Foundation of America
Triangle Guitar Society
American Music Center
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