Christopher Belland is a classical guitarist from Grand Rapids who began his studies in classic rock/blues music at age 10 and transitioned into classical studies at age 16. After receiving his Bachelor of Music at Grand Valley State University, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he completed his master’s degree in classical guitar under the instruction of Clare Callahan. At CCM, Belland kept a busy teaching and performing schedule as a graduate assistant, teaching elective guitar classes, private lessons, classical guitar technique, and a music education course.
Belland has received formal training in current pedagogical approaches to music and specifically to the guitar. He has had the privilege of performing in master classes with artists such as Oscar Ghiglia, Aniello Desiderio, and Marc Teicholz, and possesses a thorough knowledge of the classical guitar repertoire, as well as modern trends in popular music. Belland can teach all kinds of guitar, from electric guitar/bass to classical, as well as ukulele and mandolin. He is excited to share his passion for the instrument with guitarists of all levels and ages.