About: Neil Beckmann
Why do you teach? I teach because music has been the motivating and driving force in my life. I want to share what I’ve learned, and my passion and enthusiasm for music, with students and those around me. With students, I really enjoy helping them find their own path in music, working to gain confidence on their instrument but also by encouraging them to try composing, improvising, and enjoying sound for its own sake.
Teaching Biography: Neil Beckmann received his Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Kraeuter Musical Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he performed with CCM's Philharmonia Orchestra. In both Cincinnati and New York, Neil has taught classical, acoustic and electric guitar, alongside ukulele, to students ranging from kindergarteners to seniors. Neil joined the TBMS faculty in 2019.
Performing Biography: Neil Beckmann is a guitarist dedicated to giving compelling performances of music both well established and ignored, expanding the guitar's repertoire in both solo and chamber settings through collaborating with composers, and has a strong interest in finding and developing repertoire for various instruments from the plucked string family, currently including classical, acoustic, electric, and homemade cigar box guitars, lutes, banjo, and ukulele. Since arriving in New York in 2016, he has performed at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, in a film score under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, for the Long Island Classical Guitar Society, at Merkin Concert Hall, and with the Tactus Contemporary Ensemble.