Leighann Narum

Classical Guitar



Leighann Narum, classical guitar College Faculty instructor at Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division since 2007. She has performed in Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, appearances in Kaufmann Concert Hall with the New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y, playing Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranjuez and as a guest of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in the world premiere of the opera Burning Bright. She has also performed as soloist and ensemble player on numerous live radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio, Radio Sweden and Radio Filarmonia in Peru. Ms. Narum, who lived for nearly 5 years in Spain where she studied and later taught and performed, was one of just two American soloists in the prestigious Foro Madrileno de la Guitarra Clasica II, held in Madrid's Centro Cultural de la Villa. She also performed as a soloist in the Madrid concert series sponsored by the Fundacion Juan March. Ms. Narum -- who frequently performs throughout Europe and the United States --  has also toured in Peru, where she performed and gave master classes at Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) for the XVII Festival International de Guitarra del ICPNA

Students of Leighann Narum have gone on to audition and be accepted to major music schools across the nation such as Rutgers University; Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University; Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music; Mannes College The New School of Music in NYC and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 

Her Website is: www.leighannnarum.com


Ms Narum studied with Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota and with Clare Callahan at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, and a Master of Music. Ms Narum's post-graduate study included a year with José Tomás in Alicante, Spain, and continued in Italy at Siena's famed Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia, who awarded her the coveted Diploma di Merito. More information at: www.leighannnarum.com 


Leighann Narum has been teaching classical guitar as a College Faculty instructor at Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division since 2007. She also currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark where she has been instructing music majors in Applied Guitar Studies since 2000. http://acm.newark.rutgers.edu , lnarum@andromeda.rutgers.edu   Ms. Narum has taught students at the International Institute in Spain, the International College of Spain- while living in Madrid. She has also been a faculty member for the Classical Guitar Summer Workshop at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 


Guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction for all levels- advanced, intermediate and even beginners without prior experience. Ms. Narum teaches the 6-string classical guitar, Spanish, folk, and popular acoustic guitar styles. I pay particular attention to teaching the use of all the fingers on the plucking hand instead of a pick. Lessons cover reading music as it is related to the guitar with emphasis on improving the student's technical and interpretive abilities. Classes progress in level with each semester on an individual basis tailoring each student's music specifically. In most cases, lessons will include scales, slurs, arpeggios, studies, sight reading and repertoire (pieces) appropriate for that student. I do encourage all of my students to perform in each semester's recitals. 

I also specialize in getting students ready for College auditions for those wanting to pursue a College degree in classical guitar. While I often teach high school, college and adult students, I did begin my classical guitar studies at age 6 and enjoy teaching children that are motivated to play.