Widely regarded among professional musicians, teachers, and students for his books' power to inspire a deeper understanding and passion for music, Damon Ferrante is a composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies and music theory. He is the recipient of Longwood University's prestigious Simkins Award for his extraordinary achievements and contribution to music education and culture. Damon has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 25 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory. Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His main teachers have been David Rakowski at Columbia University, Stanley Wolfe at Juilliard, and Bruno Amato at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Damon has written two operas, a guitar concerto, song cycles, orchestral music, and numerous solo and chamber music works. He is the editor-in-chief of the music publisher Steeplechase Arts. Check out www.steeplechasemusic.com for more information and free bonus lessons for the books.