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Meet the Instructors


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Ed Misenti

Ed Misenti has been playing guitar for 57 years and has been teaching for the past 25 years. He has shared concert stages from Hartford CT to Hollywood CA. with: Joe Perry, Rick Derringer, Nazerath, and Michael Bolton. Ed has extensive studio experience having recorded CD's with Saddletramp, Alexis, Hedd and has been a guest artist on many other recordings. Ed is currently Musical Director at Mt. Olive Church, Middletown Ct. He has been a member of the Conn. Valley faculty since 1997 specializing in Rock, Blues, Funk R&B and Soul Jazz. 



Gary Beaulieu

Gary Beaulieu joins ConnValley’s faculty with over forty years of teaching and playing experience. He began lessons as a kid at the Hometown Store in East Hartford and later went on to study with Jimi Bell from the band Autograph. He continued his guitar playing through college where he also studied music theory. During his time performing, Gary has played at various fairs, events and private parties, and throughout CT. Currently he plays guitar for the band Out of the Blue. Gary teaches all ages and levels, specializing in 70’s – 90’s classic rock, blues rock and early alternative.Aside from performing and teaching, Gary is a skilled guitar repair technician.



Dave Kuzminski Sr.

David attended Berklee College of Music and graduated from the Hartford Conservatory where he taught for 15 years. He was also taught at the Loomis Chaffe School and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Trinity College. David has toured the East Coast and has performed locally throughout the area for the last twenty-five years with his own group Jason Smith Quintet. David became the director of Connecticut Valley School of Music and Dance in 1983 David teaches Guitar and Bass. 



Adam M. Gonzalez

Adam is a self-motivated guitarist, audio engineer and sound design professional with many years of experience in these endeavors along with private instruction. Adam attended and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

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