Adler Scheidt

Guitar Faculty
Guitar (acoustic & electric)
Classical Guitar
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

-2014 Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY Jazz Studies Major Applied Guitar Major -2010 Walter Payton College Prep High School, Chicago, IL

Significant teachers and mentors: 

I have studied with the great jazz guitarists Bob Sneider, Bobby Broom, and Frank Portolese Classically, I've studied with Nicholas Goluses, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, Jesse Langen. I also hold in high regard the musical values I've learned from Oscar Ghiglia, from having several opportunities to play for him and watch him teach.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I believe in developing well-rounded musicianship. To me this means learning to play by ear as well as from music notation, learning to improvise as well as to perform composed music. It also means listening to great music, developing ensemble skills, learning to hear, understand, and play patterns in music (such as chord changes and melodic patterns), and learning to hear connections between different music. It may also mean composing music, or gaining familiarity with a variety of styles. Ultimately my approach changes based on the needs and desires of each student. I teach students from age 5 to adult.

Awards and achievements: 

-Performer’s Certificate, recognizing “outstanding performing ability,” from Eastman School of Music, 2014 -Society of American Musicians Competition Winner, Senior Division, 2009

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Adler performs as both a leader and sideman in Chicago, playing mainly jazz, giving solo classical recitals, and performing in groups that play a wide variety of styles, from Brazilian choro to American folk and more. He has taught private and group lessons since 2013, and has been a guest teaching artist for small jazz group at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz @ Gallery 37.

Interests outside of music: 

Books, movies, nature, maybe a little yoga here or there.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I have a lot of love for and am always playing Jazz Classics (i.e. tunes by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Benny Golson, and more) and American Songbook jazz standards (songs written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, etc.). I also love playing classical guitar repertoire. I enjoy playing the works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Benjamin Britten, Antonio José, Fernando Sor, and Johann Sebastian Bach. I have a soft spot for Brazilian music (Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell, Joao Gilberto). I have to say, I like a bit of everything, Jewish music, Stevie Wonder, American folk music, French chanson…I like arranging music for guitar, improvising, and doing a little composing as well.