Rod Machovec has been teaching guitar full time since 1989 at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. His students through the years have ranged from children beginning to play guitar to adult hobbyists, to those who have trained with Rod and now are professional musicians. Through the years, Rod regularly has had many students win Gold medals with the RCM exams for the highest marks in Manitoba, and place gold, silver and bronze in the Winnipeg Music Festival.
Rod holds an A.R.C.T. in guitar performance from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and studied music pedagogy (the art of teaching guitar) there as well. He has been a member of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers Association since 1996.
Rod’s career as a guitarist spans almost three decades. In the early years, he was the guitarist in the highly successful Winnipeg based band “Nuthin Pritty”. In 1985, the band recorded the debut album entitled Nuthin Pritty, with legendary producer Ralph Watts on which Rod recorded all rhythm and lead guitar parts, and co-wrote most of the songs. The album still receives excellent reviews in Music magazines in Europe almost 30 years after its release.
One of Rod’s earliest teachers on the guitar was Brad Roberts (member of the “Crash Test Dummies”) with whom he studied electric guitar and music theory on the guitar.
In his teens, Rod began studying classical guitar and this soon became his passion. Within a short time, he found himself studying and performing on the classical guitar full time. He went on to study Classical Guitar Performance with Canadian classical guitarist Norbert Kraft at the University of Toronto and later at the Aspen International Music Festival (Juilliard school of music’s summer program) with Sharon Isbin, who is the founder and head of the guitar department at the Juilliard school. While there, Rod was chosen by Ms. Isbin to perform in front of an international audience in the “Distinguished Artist Masterclass Series” in the historic Wheeler Opera House. Rod furthered his study of musical interpretation with violinist Dr. Konstantin Krechler, who mentored him for an extended period of time.
Since his years as a student, Rod has performed for two decades in various recitals, on radio and television, and has recorded three CDs of solo classical guitar music. Rod’s most recent release is an album of Christmas music arranged for solo classical guitar over a 25 year span. Rod also enjoys playing Jazz and world music on the side using various types of guitars.
Most importantly, Rod’s greatest passion and benchmark of success is that those who come through his studio gain a greater love and interest in the wonderful art form of music making. They have a very positive experience learning to play/deepening their skills on the guitar and come out with their life further enriched because of it.