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Dennis Harris started playing the guitar at the age of 12 years old. His passion for the guitar has led him to play a variety of styles of music, ranging from Country to Mariachi, Rock to Classical. Understanding his passion for guitar, he decided to go to college, where he obtained his Masters in Music Education on the Classical Guitar in 2009 from Texas Woman‘s University in Denton Texas under the direction of Carlo Pezzimenti.
In addition to holding multiple solo and ensemble concerts, he was also one of the founding members of the TWU Guitar Quartet. In 2008, the quartet was chosen to world premier Ernesto Garcia de Leon's Fantasia Tropical, a 30+ minute masterpiece consisting of a guitar quartet, flute, clarinet, and a percussionist. A recording of the event, as well as other guitar quartet music, has also been recorded, and are currently in production.
Mr. Harris has also had the opportunity to work with and to take private lessons from several world renown musicians to include Ernesto Garcia de Leon, Jorge Caballero (the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the prestigious Naumburg International Competition), John Dearman (member of award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Director of Guitar Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara), and Adam Holzman (founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin). He has also attended Masterclasses with guitar masters such as Ricardo Cobo, William Kanengiser, and Hall of Fame Inductee Pepe Romero.
Mr. Dennis Harris currently teaches private guitar lessons in Odessa Texas on a range of styles to include Classical, Rock, Country, etc. What sets him apart from other teachers is his ability to incorporate Graduate Level Music Theory broken down and simplified in a way that even elementary students can understand. In addition to his own studio, Dennis Harris was also an Guitar instructor at TWU, UTPB, and Odessa College before focusing on his private studio, located in Odessa Texas .