Ken Husbands is a guitarist who has never let genre boundaries stand in his way. After learning to play rock and blues in high school and studying jazz and classical guitar in college and beyond, he has gone on to work in styles ranging from jazz to funk to disco to klezmer to classical to African dance music and many things in between. Several years living in Paris France led indirectly to a PhD program in French where he studied the resonance of jazz in French culture. His infatuation with the guitar led him to build an electric guitar in high school and later to go to Spain to learn the art of classical guitar building. Throughout his 25 years as a professional musician he has shared his driving passion for music and the guitar with hundreds of students. In addition to teaching individual guitar lessons he has worked as Co-Director at the Berkeley Jazz Workshop, coaching small ensembles in the art of improvisation.
As a performer, he currently leads the Ken Husbands Trio and works regularly with jazz groups ranging from solo guitar and duo settings to larger ensembles and big bands. Visit Ken’s website
Core Faculty: Guitar Instructor
Note: Ken is fluent in French and can teach guitar in this language.
Degrees or certificates
- BA, Music, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
- PhD, French, University of California, Irvine
- European Institute of Guitar Making, Granada, Spain
“Ken Husbands is a great guitar teacher. He is an accomplished musician with knowledge, experience, skill, and an infectious love of many musical styles. As a teacher, he listens to the needs of the student and tailors lessons to fill those needs, identifying strengths and weaknesses, assigning exercises, and setting goals for future lessons. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to improve their playing.”
“Ken is a wonderful guitar teacher and has had a big effect on my playing since I started studying with him two years ago. Whatever subject we cover he makes sure that I master it before moving on to the next one. Ken is always showing me new ways to look at music and gives me ideas that I would never have come up with by myself. I would recommend Ken to any aspiring guitarist, beginner to advanced.”