Meet Simon

Simon FarintoshSimon Farintosh is the newest team member at Forte School of Music. Simon teaches guitar and theory lessons at Forte. While Simon specializes in classical guitar, he enjoys teaching many different genres to all levels of ability. Whether you are looking to learn to strum the guitar you’ve had sitting at home, or are interested in pursuing classical guitar, Simon is the teacher for you!

Simon’s musical training:
Simon Farintosh is an award-winning guitarist from Victoria, BC. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he studied with Dr. Alexander Dunn. Recently, Simon completed his Master’s Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a student and teaching assistant to Rene Izquierdo. Over the years, he has garnered top awards at various competitions in Canada and the US, including 1st Prize at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival & Competition, 1st Prize in the 2020 Quebec International Music Competition, and 2nd Prize in the 2015 Canadian National Music Festival.

In Simon’s teaching:
Simon enjoys teaching guitar to individuals with a wide variety of musical backgrounds and abilities, and prioritizes the personal goals and interests of each of his students. Simon is extremely qualified to prepare students for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in both guitar and theory.

A little known musical fact about Simon:
Simon began taking guitar lessons at the age of 9 because he thought “acoustic” guitar was pronounced “glue stick” guitar, and thought he would somehow be playing a musical glue stick. He has since discovered this is not the case.

A favourite piece of Simon’s currently is:
When Simon is not listening to guitar music, you can find him listening to electronic music!

If you are interested in taking lessons with Simon, sign up for lessons here.