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About Michael Caracciolo

Michael Caracciolo
Michael Caracciolo
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Woodbridge, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Guitar
Education: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, MM '19 in Classical Guitar Performance George Mason University, BM '17 in Classical Guitar Performance
Performance Experience: Solo, Chamber, and Large Ensemble Performances with vocalists and a variety of instrumentalists performing music in a variety of styles including Renaissance lute song, classical sonatas, baroque suites, symphonies, contemporary avant garde works, folk music, and tango.
Teaching Experience: 5 years
Teaching Philosphy: The guitar has been a constant companion for me ever since my dad bought me my first acoustic (at a Music & Arts, of course!). I fell in love with its sound, its music, and the way it instantly connects us to our listeners and fellow musicians. I believe that love of music and the guitar has made my life so much richer, and as a teacher I firmly believe in sharing and nurturing that love in my students so that they will have the guitar to express themselves and enrich their lives as well.

Get to know Michael Caracciolo

Michael Caracciolo is a professional classical guitarist who graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (‘19) and a Bachelor’s in Music from George Mason University (‘17).  He studied guitar with Clare Callahan and Larry Snitzler, both students of Andrés Segovia, and also with Matt Trkula.  Michael has performed in masterclasses for Oscar Ghiglia, Celino & Lito Romero, Jason Vieaux, Carlos Perez, Julian Gray, Matt Palmer, Andrew Zohn, Nigel North, Ben Verdery, and Colin Davin.  While at CCM, he also developed a love for early music by studying Renaissance lute and vihuela with Rodney Stucky as well as baroque performance practice with Dr. Michael Unger.

Michael has experience in solo, chamber, and large ensemble performance, and in 2019 toured France and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a member of the United States Guitar Orchestra featuring Bill Kanengiser as soloist, an ensemble founded by the Aaron Shearer Foundation and sponsored by Savarez Strings.  As an educator, Michael studied guitar pedagogy with Clare Callahan and Glen McCarthy, chair of the NAfME Guitar Council and the ASTA Guitar-in-Schools Committee, and served as Graduate Teaching Assistant to Clare Callahan in Cincinnati, where he taught students privately and in a classroom setting at the university.  He currently performs and teaches in the Northern Virginia area.

Michael Caracciolo teaches at:
14577 Potomac Mills Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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