Doug Phillips

Guitar Teacher

Doug Phillips

SAA Member


Denver, CO
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Doug obtained a Master’s of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, studying under the world renowned performer and educator Ricardo Iznaola. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Towson University. Doug has also studied jazz guitar, composition, and rock guitar. He studied the Suzuki Method with David Madsen at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan and with Andrea Cannon in Spring, Texas.

In addition to operating a successful private studio for the past 16 years, Doug has lectured at the University of Colorado Denver, where he taught private lessons and beginner guitar courses. He is invited annually to teach at CU Denver’s partnership program in Beijing, China to teach courses such as American popular music and music appreciation. As a lifelong learner, Doug has been inspired by this experience, studying Mandarin since 2016.

Proficient in most popular styles including pop, rock, country, blues, metal, and fingerstyle, Doug is well versed in current musical trends. He teaches across a broad range of topics including travis and sweep picking, improvisation, modern harmony, music theory, and fretboard theory.

Doug has performed in classical and jazz ensembles, rock bands, and solo guitar. His students are encouraged to perform in showcases, recitals, and music camps, and those participants are consistently rewarded with success and self confidence. Believing everyone can, he accepts students of all ages, skill level, and ambition.

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