Justin Vilchez is a trained contemporary guitarist and mandolinist with a degree in Applied Music performance from Boxhill Tafe. Picking up the guitar at age 6, Justin got his musical start playing blues and rock 'n roll. His passion for melody led him to a bachelor's degree in jazz and contemporary music. Whilst Justin is fluent in a variety of genres, his love for all things folk music shines through boasting the musical theory knowledge to back it up. The last 2 years has seen him living abroad based in Saskatchewan Canada, gigging as a core member of a contemporary Bluegrass band 'The Local group' as well as accompanying folk singers in festivals and shows across the country.
He has maintained a busy teaching schedule for the last 8 years teaching privately from his home and working with a variety of schools in Australia and abroad, offering both in person and online lessons.
Justin's teaching style aims to keep lessons fun and engaging whilst also absorbing the core technique and theory of a variety of stringed instruments including Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Ukulele. Fluent in both notation and TAB, he strongly promotes developing good audiation, giving students the tools to work out songs by ear and the power to pick up new tunes in seconds. Justin's experience with students of all ages has taught him what techniques and attitude to uphold and ensure the most growth, whilst maintaining a friendly and fun approach to practical and theory based learning.