I am a classical guitar instructor with over 14 years of experience as a private teacher, and seven years of experience teaching guitar in a university setting. I was recently appointed to the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music as their classical guitar instructor in 2020, and teach the guitar studio and lecture there while maintaining my busy home studio in downtown Toronto.
I have a Master's Degree from the University of Ottawa, and recently completed my Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where my dissertation focused on music performance anxiety (stage fright) on the classical guitar. I have given guest lectures on this subject at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, to name a few, and run an undergraduate course on music performance anxiety at Wilfrid Laurier University as of Fall 2022.
Many of my students have been accepted to music programs across the country, both at the Bachelor's and Master's levels, and have won top prizes at local and provincial music festivals. In 2022, one of my students also received the Gold Medal award for the highest exam mark in the province.
I love watching players of any level succeed, and I make sure to build their confidence while being clear and direct about how they can improve their playing to ensure maximum ease, efficiency, creativity, and musical enjoyment and expression. My approaches are informed by my doctoral research, which delves into neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness, and pedagogy.
My performance experience has led me to place as a finalist in major competitions such as the Montreal International Guitar Competition in 2019. I also placed second at the National Music Competition in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2016. My debut album, entitled "Inspirations", features several premiere recordings of new virtuosic works for guitar by Canadian composers, many of which were composed for me. Inspirations is available on Spotify and all streaming platforms on January 7th, 2022.
I currently teach lessons online and in-person in my downtown Toronto studio. If you would like to learn more about my teaching and would like to book a trial lesson, or book and schedule lessons with me, you can do so directly through my website at https://www.danielramjattan.com
Instrument / Discipline
- Youth (7-17)
- Adults (18+)
- Young Children (under 7)
- At a school
- At own home
- At own studio
- 2022 - Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Toronto
- 2016 - Master of Music - University of Ottawa
- 2014 - Bachelor of Music - University of Ottawa
- ACT for High Performance - 5 hour coaching on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for performing artists and athletes - 2021
- Guitar Foundation of America - National
- Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State