Photo of Stephen Aron
  • Teacher of Classical Guitar


  • BM, Hartt College of Music, 1979
  • MM, University of Arizona, 1981


Stephen Aron, teacher of classical guitar, has dedicated himself to a lifetime of encouraging young guitarists to find their own voices. Through careful attention to the nuances of both physical technique and musical expression, a gradual mastery is achieved. Each student is recognized as unique, both in their artistic directions and in their musical backgrounds and physical capacities. By helping them find and prepare for their unique musical paths, truly original artists emerge.

Aron retired from his post as professor of music at the University of Akron in Ohio, a position he held for 34 years. He continues to work with extraordinary students at Oberlin Conservatory. He began at Oberlin in 1992, where he is teacher of classical guitar.

Aron performs regularly throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions, Mel Bay Publications, Clear Note Publications, and Pavonia Music. He has released 13 publications totaling nearly 600 pages of music.

Winner, Guitar Foundation of America International Artist Competition, 1983

Solo concerts in the United States, Europe and Canada; New York debut in Merkin Hall, 1989

He is a dedicated chamber music advocate, and maintains a regular duo with his wife, soprano JoNell Aron, and another with flutist Jane Berkner. He plays frequently with mixed chamber ensembles both traditional and new music.

Aron’s original compositions, arrangements and scholarly editions are published by Tuscany Editions, Mel Bay Publications, Clear Note Publications, and Pavonia Music.

  • Member, board of directors, Guitar Foundation of America, 1988-92 (chair, 1989-92), and again 2011-19
  • Faculty member, University of Akron, 1981 to 2015

Aron has recorded chamber music, solo guitar, and vocal music CDs including:

Chamber music CD
Tropicale, Clear Note, 2012

Solo CDs
A Musical Congeries, Pavonia Music, 2019
One Fell Swoop/Original Works for Solo Guitar, Clear Note, 2011
Romantic Guitar, Clear Note, 2009
Brazilian Masterworks, Clear Note, 2007
My Favorite Chopin Mazurkas, Clear Note, 2005
The Complete Chopin Mazurkas, Mel Bay, 2001
Sketches, Digital Revolution, 1994

Voice/Guitar CDs,
In My Heart, Pavonia Music, 1998
Shine on Harvest Moon, Pavonia Music, 1996

Stephen Aron keeps a blog on his website dedicated to his teaching studio, his students, and their many activities. For this blog, he’s written nearly 60 articles on subjects related to guitar technique, practicing and performing, and numerous guitar career-related issues.

In addition, he’s put up posts about his current student’s recitals, special events such as guest artist appearances and competitions, and a lengthy series of alumni profiles. It is a must-read resource for prospective students.