Patrick Rafferty

Classical Guitarist

Saint Louis: 

Patrick currently lives in the Affton area of Saint Louis. Students can enroll for lessons with Patrick through the Webster University Community Music School or they can inquire directly with Patrick about options for private lessons. Lessons are available for both beginners and those with playing experience. Much of the curriculum for beginning students is aimed at the development of a secure and solid technique and understanding notation as it applies to the guitar. Students learn the fundamental techniques of classical guitar playing and general musicianship. Many styles of music are dealt with, especially popular and classical. Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to expand their technical expertise and repertoire while becoming more confident and secure performers.

As a high school student preparing for college auditions, Patrick’s instruction gave me the edge I needed to get accepted into some of the best school’s in the country
— Ben Jackson, Student at The Jacob's School, Indiana University

Southeast Missouri:

Patrick's primary teaching duties in Southeast Missouri take place at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. However, he does maintain a studio of private lessons in Jackson Missouri.

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Teaching Bio:

Patrick currently maintains teaching studio's in Saint Louis and Southeast Missouri. In Saint Louis, Patrick is a member of the guitar faculty of Saint Louis University and The Webster University Community Music School. In Southeast Missouri Patrick works as an adjunct faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University as well as maintaining a studio for private lessons. 

At Southeast Missouri State University, Patrick's duties include teaching Studio Lessons for Guitar Majors and Minors, directing the Southeast Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Repertoire Class (a weekly master class), Guitar Literature (a semester-long survey for Guitar Majors) and Class Guitar (an introductory course open to all university students). Patrick also regularly teaches a number of lecture/classroom courses including Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation and Freshman Seminar.

Patrick's students perform regularly in numerous public settings and for some of the most celebrated guitarists in the world. They have recently performed in master-classes for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Romero’s, Carlos Perez, Martha Masters, Zane Forshee, Paul O' Dette,  and have been featured in the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival.  

Patrick's students have been accepted into Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Denver University and The University of Colorado.