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About Chris Sisson

Chris Sisson
Chris Sisson
Music Teacher, Professional
Location: Laurel, MD
Speaks: English
Instructs: Guitar
Education: A.A. in Music Performance from Howard Community College
Performance Experience: Chris has performed guitar in a number of musical theater orchestras. Shows include: A Chorus Line, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years, Next To Normal, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wiz, Cry Baby: The Musical, Man of La Mancha, The Wedding Singer - He has also composed original music for productions of The Chronicles of Narnia, Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, and wrote and performed a solo acoustic guitar score for a staged reading of Truman Capote's Holiday Memories.
Teaching Experience: Private instruction/tutoring of guitar and music theory
Teaching Philosophy: Chris' ultimate goal is for his students to be able to play the music that sounds good to them. He works carefully with students to identify specific hurdles in their playing, find new challenges, and teach the material according to the student's interests. Having studied with rock, pop, jazz, and classical artists - he offers up a deep well of musical knowledge to share.

Get to know Chris Sisson

Chris Sisson has been a guitarist for over 18 years. In that time he's had the opportunity to perform in jazz, rock, punk, flamenco, blues, and hip-hop styles. A life-long lover of music, he grew up as a regular guest on his father's radio show "Dave's Record Collection" at UMD's WMUC in College Park, MD.

He began playing the guitar at age 15 - beginning with songs from Bob Marley, AC/DC, The Clash, and Jimi Hendrix. In the years since, he's studied Jazz Performance at Howard Community College, performed in ska and hip-hop bands, musical theater orchestras, and composed original music for staged theatrical productions. Currently he releases musical content as "Fuzzy Slippers" on his YouTube channel. 

In his early days he had the fortunate experience of learning from Damon Foreman at Hammond High School. He went on to Howard Community College. He studied the guitar with Micheal Raitzyk. Jazz theory, ensemble performance, and improvisation with Kyle Coughlin and Alan Blackman. Music theory, compositon, ear training, etc. with Kristina Suter, Hsien Ann-Meng, Bill Murphy, and Benjamin Myers. He also had the experience of working closely with faculty and other world class musicians as a member of the Horowitz Center’s technical staff.

His favorite guitar players include: Eddie Hazel and Mike Hampton from Parliament/Funkadelic, Vernon Reid from Living Colour, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker from Sleater-Kinney, Prince, Grant Green, Frank Zappa, and of course Jimi Hendrix - among too many others to name.

Having learned from Rock N' Roll, Jazz, and Classical performers - Chris hopes to share a well rounded guitar and musical education with his students. In addition to guitar and music - Chris has performed as an actor, radio DJ, and is a former theater technician/live-events industry professional. When not playing music, Chris enjoys baseball, Godzilla movies, classic kung-fu cinema, and general history.

Chris Sisson teaches at:
11200 Scaggsville Rd Unit 111
Laurel, MD 20723
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