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Fort Worth, Texas' Father of the Classic Guitar

J. Michael Dailey (1956 - 2021)

Our Maestro brought his artistry, energy, and passion for music education from Pheonix, AZ to Fort Worth, TX in 1981, which ignited a classic guitar culture that spans the following decades.

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Still in his 20s, Michael already carried with him years of performing and teaching experience. His goal was to create a methodology that would lead students from absolute beginners to the concert stage. Michael saw this vision realized as many of his students became active performers and went so far as to earn doctoral degrees in guitar performance from some the top university and conservatory guitar programs in the world. 


Michael held a profound love for the guitar as his teachers and influences played it. His time with Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening, Tom Sheeley, and the great Andres Segovia shaped his vision for guitar performance and teaching.

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Michael Dailey started playing guitar at age 5, first performed in public at age 8, and went on his first concert tour at age 14.  He has performed in almost every state in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, North, Central, and South America.

He has studied guitar with Miguel Bernal and Tom Sheeley, and has had 12 lessons with Andres Segovia, 6 lessons with Pepe Romero, and 6 lessons with Christopher Parkening.


He started The Guitar Studio on in 1983, originally the only guitar studio focused solely on classic guitar instruction in Fort Worth and now expanded to include almost all genres.


Michael educated Fort Worth in classic guitar starting in the early the 1980s and was one of DFWs most respected guitar academics joining the faculties of Texas Wesleyan University and at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus as Adjunct Professor of Classic Guitar.


During his time with us he was one of the most requested solo guitarists Fort Worth history and in our most celebrated concert halls, including the internationally renowned Bass Performance Hall.

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