Maurice Arenas is a classically and jazz trained musician with 39+ years of playing experience (Maurice has played guitar since the age of 4) and over 20+ years of teaching experience.
He was a full time NYC studio musician and Broadway pit musician a few years back and has played session work on various projects that included a diverse palette of styles and genres including Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Electric Blues, Funk, Latin, Acoustic Blues and Folk, Fingerstyle, Country and New Age guitar. During his “NYC studio rat” days he got to fulfill a lifelong dream of accompanying the late great studio session master Tommy Tedesco.
Maurice later on moved on near to the Washington DC area to build his own teaching studio that utilizes his own unique teaching method and approach. With his love of fusion music and desire to share it, Maurice created a DVD series called “The Art of Fusion Guitar” and the video series approaches techniques and improvisational concepts used by fusion greats like Holdsworth, Gambale, Mclaughlin, DiMeola, Coryell, Abercrombie, Lane and more.
Maurice is also current faculty for TrueFire which is the world's largest resource of music instruction teaching alongside noteworthy musicians like Stu Hamm, Larry Carlton, Carl Verheyen, Frank Vignola and Tommy Emmanuel.
Maurice currently continues to do studio work and guitar clinics occasionally as well as working at his music studio with music hobbyists, preparatory students, semi-professionals and professionals who wish to further their musical careers.
His preparatory students have gone on to study at Juilliard, Mannes School of Music, The New School, San Francisco Conservatory, Hartt School of Music, U Arts, Manhattan School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Berklee and more. Some of his best students are now themselves professional musicians, instructors and guitar faculty in colleges across the country.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Bachelors of Music
Masters of Music
Professional NYC Studio Musician
Former Music Minister at St. Andrew's
Former Music Chair at St. John's
Former Music Chair at St. Maria Goretti
Former faculty at Cumberland Valley School of Music
Years Experience: 39