Teaching Philosophy

I believe that everyone has the capacity to make music.  I encourage my students to experiment, collaborate, and listen while on their musical journey.  One guitar method does not work for everyone, because of this I am always trying to adapt to what I feel the student needs based on their learning style and musical preferences. It is important for teachers to be able to teach the same idea several different ways so the student has the best possible chance of absorbing the skill/information.  While I am always ready to recommend songs to play, I prefer to let the student pick the songs they have always wanted to play, even if the songs are above their current level.  The thrill of playing a song you love is hard to express with words,  I teach because I want others to experience this feeling as well.


MilshapMusic is managed by Jeffrey Shapiro, a gifted musician with ten years of private and classroom teaching experience. As a guitarist, Jeffrey enjoys playing, teaching and performing a wide variety of music, including classical, funk, synth, pop, jazz, gospel and rock. With lessons on guitar or piano, he focuses on a flexible learning experience that includes technique, theory and performance. Jeffrey is also a developing composer with the ability to work with clients to create pieces that fit a wide range of needs.

Jeffrey is a self-taught guitarist, who discovered his musical ear and passion in high school. Subsequently, he attended Texas Woman’s University where he received a B.A. In Music (2009) and and M.A., emphasis in Pedagogy and Performance (2011). It is in the music department at TWU that he also met his future wife, Carol Shapiro! There, he studied various musical styles and added music notation and theory to his skills. He was selected to perform for the annual Honor’s Recital and graduated Cum Laude with a concentration in Guitar Performance.

Jeffrey has been honored to collaborate with many musicians and other artists such as:

  • Dallas One Voice Choir

  • Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Choir

  • Carlo Pezzimenti

  • Alias Brown

  • Mike 'N' Gary

  • TWU Flute Choir

  • and many others...