Dan Gioioso - OwnerGuitar, Bass
Dan Gioioso is not only the owner of Acton Music Center he is also an integral part of its faculty. Dan started his musical career under the tutelage of accomplished guitarist Joseph Cincotta. He launched his performing career at the age of 16 playing in clubs and concert venues.
All the time he was playing, he never stopped studying under people better than himself. His next teacher was renowned guitarist and the lead player with the Fletcher Henderson Band, Chet Kruley, who, at the time, was teaching at Berklee College of Music.
Dan studied classical guitar with Andrew Caponigro, the author of "Fingerboard Workbook". Dan also studied with Mick Goodrick in 1972 while he was at Berklee.
Dan has been teaching since 1975 and he enjoys bringing a unique teaching style to the classroom. He enjoys working one on one and heads the Rock Ensemble Classes.
Guillermo OrtizGuitar, Bass, Piano
Composer, Performer, and Guitar, Bass and Piano Instructor. Guillermo released his latest CD "Stories From the Present" in February 2008. He has been a professional musician for over 10 years. Among his performances he has played for several TV shows, and performed at The Aztec Stadium in Mexico City.
In Boston, Guillermo has performed at Berklee Performance Center, The Peabody Museum of Harvard, and various clubs including: The Middle East, Massa, The Paradise, The Milky Way, and Mojitos. He received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Composition and performance from Berklee College Of Music in 2005.
Teaching Drum Set and Percussion at Acton Music since 1997, Lou has established a reputation as one of the area's finest and most in demand instructors. His unique teaching methods are designed to respond to the needs of each individual and effectively enable students of all ages, skill levels and goal sets to realize their potential in an environment that remains both challenging and fun.
Receiving his first set of drums at age 5 and having accumulated 35 years of experience, Lou has studied with some of the industry's leading educators that of which include Casey Scheuerell, Ian Froman, Dave DiCenso and Mike Mangini.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Lou began his formal training in the 5th grade participating in all available music programs offered through grade 12 extending to CT All State & Northern Regional programs, Hartt School of Music groups, Central CT State University Band at age 15 receiving the coveted John Philip Sousa Award and Band Directors Award in 1989.
Toby SteinSaxophone, flute, clarinet, piano and trumpet
Toby graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied sax, flute and clarinet with Joe Viola. He also studied piano with Charlie Banocos, saxophone with Bill Pierce, Bob Mover,and Donald Harrison.
Toby taught saxophone, flute, and clarinet atthe Arlington Academy of Music.
Toby has 40+ years of professional playing experience including engagements in nightclubs and concert venues(e.g. Berklee Performance Center) playing flute at weddings; piano for receptions and parties; sax backing artists such as the Drifters, Otis Spann, The Isley Brothers, John Lee Hooker; and playing Hammond B3 organ with Leo Stevens' Jazz Report.
Sara BurseyViolin, Viola
Sara Bursey was born in North Carolina where she first started studying violin at the age of 6. Her first teacher, who taught using the Suzuki method, was Marcia Edwards. Beginning in middle school, Ms. Bursey starting playing viola as well as violin, and decided to concentrate on viola in her freshman year of high school.
Her violin teacher for advanced violin studies was Ms. Ruth Johnsen; her viola teachers were Ms. Annalee Wolf, Dr. Scott Rawls, and Mr. Jonathan Bagg. Ms. Bursey graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with the degree of Bachelor of Music (concentration Viola Performance), with violist Dr. Scott Rawls as her major professor.
She then continued her musical education at the University of Memphis, where she received her Master's degree in Music, with a concentration in Viola Performance, with Lenny Schranze as her major professor. When she moved to New England, she was accepted to, and studied for a year at, the Longy School of Music with violist Paula Majerfeld. Ms. Bursey left the school to pursue orchestral opportunities and is now a full time member of the Cape Cod symphony Orchestra as well as a strings and piano instructor for the Bosse School of Music.
Ms. Bursey also plays with local musical groups which include the Falmouth Chorale, the Simon Sinfonietta and the Plymouth Philharmonic.