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About Maurice

Maurice Balk
Maurice
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Durham, NC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Guitar
Education: Maurice attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with a degree in Music Education. He also holds a Fine Arts degree from Alfred University.
Performance Experience: Maurice has performed locally with Mary Anne Defir-Patterson and others.
Teaching Experience: 23 years teaching experience.
Teaching Philosphy: As a musician and music teacher, Maurice has come to understand that creativity and personal expression are most effectively actualized and communicated when they are tempered with a mastery of technique and deep understanding of the fundamentals of one’s discipline. Maurice uses a mix of exercises, etudes, isolated riffs and licks, and songs as vehicles to impart a series of interrelated systems that organize the information required to unlock the inherent complexity of the guitar.

Get to know Maurice

Maurice attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with a degree in Music Education.  He also holds a Fine Arts degree from Alfred University.  He has been teaching guitar privately in Carrboro, NC  for the last 18 years.  Among his accomplishments in music education, Maurice has been the guitar teacher for both the Carrboro Parks and Chapel Hill Recreation and Parks Department for 15 years, designing the curriculum for both programs. Maurice is licensed to teach in the public school system in North Carolina, working in the Chapel Hill /Carrboro School district on occasion.

Maurice performs locally with vocalist Mary Anne Defir-Patterson.  His guitar playing blends the range of styles that he has passionately studied; Rock and Roll, Blues, Funk/Soul, Bluegrass, Country, and Jazz.  Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Carlos Santana are the guitarists whom Maurice credits as his primary influences.

As a musician and music teacher, Maurice has come to understand that creativity and personal expression are most effectively actualized and communicated when they are tempered with a mastery of technique and deep understanding of the fundamentals of one’s discipline. Maurice uses a mix of exercises, etudes, isolated riffs and licks, and songs as vehicles to impart a series of interrelated systems that organize the information required to unlock the inherent complexity of the guitar.

Maurice teaches at:
3603 Witherspoon Blvd Suite 112
Durham, NC 27707
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