My name is Chad Becks and my passion is enriching the lives of individuals through music performance and teaching. From composition to performance mastery, there are always challenges and opportunities for growth. I am the founder of Charleston Classical Guitar.
The Education Of Chad Becks
Formally, I received my Bachelor of Music from Palm Beach Atlantic University My Master of Music came from Duquesne University both in guitar performance. In doing so, I was privileged to study under Aaron Shearer, Tom Kikta, David Skantar, Ken Karsh, Tim Bedner, and currently Christopher Berg. Each one influenced my playing and my teaching alike. Officially the studio began in 2003 followed by the publication of Play What You Hear: An approach for all guitarists.
Many of my students have gone on to university music schools (including Indiana University and UCLA), one has been nominated for a Grammy (Code Orange), and others are creating careers in music for themselves. Others have started on a lifelong journey to enjoy this great instrument. They make the world a better place in which to live through the music they create. It is this variety that brings such inspiration into the joy of teaching on a daily basis. Hopefully, that joy will continue for the rest of my own journey in the world of music and guitar.
Along with my desire to build community and performance opportunities, I founded the Pittsburgh Classical Guitar Society. Though I am no longer the director due to my relocation to Charleston, the society continues to grow and build up the guitar community in the Pittsburgh area. Many of the initiatives I began with the society are also central to the development of Charleston Classical Guitar.
I have a wonderful wife, Kristi and three lovely children, René, Charles, and Juliette.