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Suzuki Guitar Program at Knollwood

   Classical guitar has been an integral part of Knollwood Music Ministry for almost 30 years. We are fortunate to have Marty Edwards and William Kossler as teachers in the Knollwood Suzuki Guitar Program.


The Suzuki Philosophy


Basic Principles of the Suzuki Method


About Our Teachers

Marty Edwards is  member of our congregation and a guitar virtuoso, concert artist, composer, and certified Suzuki Guitar teacher. Mr. Edwards recently earned his Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has continued training in several certification programs in guitar offered by The Suzuki Association of the Americas.





William Kossler is a gifted guitarist in demand internationally as both a teacher and performer. He holds Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Christopher Berg.


William has placed as a finalist in regional and national competitions and received positive reviews for his compelling performances. He is the author of several publications on guitar pedagogy and his articles have appeared in Soundboard (the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America), The Suzuki Journal (the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas) and several other publications. He has conducted Long Term Artist Residencies with both the South Carolina and Tennessee Arts Commissions. As a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship he spent a year in Japan studying with pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.


A co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, Mr. Kossler has conducted pedagogy workshops for guitarists throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Australia. He currently directs a Suzuki program in Winston-Salem with his wife Lauren, a violinist, teaches guitar at Piedmont International University and has served on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artists Directory as a performer on the guitar, lute, and vihuela.



 Contact Us

At Knollwood, as in all Suzuki programs, the training takes the form of private instruction and group classes. Information about openings and pricing for lessons is available by contacting Mr. Edwards through his email marty@martyedwardsguitar.com. Further information can be found on his website martyedwardsguitar.com.

Mr. Kossler is accepting students.

Please let us know your interest. Students of all age are welcomed, beginning at age 3.