Funky Bear Music

Guitar Ensembles and Methods

Welcome to Funky Bear Music

This is the home of Funky Bear Music, a resource for classical guitar ensembles and methods at the Intermediate and Advanced levels.  The music on this site was written and arranged for classroom guitar ensembles and has been performed in High Schools and Middle Schools in Northern Virginia. Some of the ensembles on the site were written to provide opportunities for students with lower level as well as advancing skills to join together in a meaningful ensemble experience where all players can contribute. Suggested fingerings are included in many of the scores and parts to facilitate performance, and a Performance Notes page is included for the teacher that offers suggestions on rehearsal methods, techniques and overall performance of the music.

We strive to publish music that is enjoyable to play as well as listen, and to provide the advancing guitarist with interesting music at an approachable but challenging level. Since the music was written for the classroom ensemble, we understand the need for large quantities of individual guitar parts. To help with this, individual guitar parts are bound into the score and permission is included in the purchase to copy parts as needed for rehearsal and performance. All the music we have published has been met with great enthusiasm and excitement on the part of both teachers and students. Students and teachers find rehearsing and performing our music an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Feel free to browse our website and check out the previews of our scores. Also check out our Downloads section, which has some free music available. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you!

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• NOTE: Due to school system policies, all music to be purchased by Loudoun County Public Schools must be done through Funky Bear Music’s Author Spotlight.

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What’s New

• The website has recently been updated with a new design and store. Let us know if you experience any problems.
• Alma Llanera is now available in digital and print formats. See the Store page for info
• All our music is available in the form of digital download! Save yourself shipping costs and take advantage of the lower price!

Some Quotes About Our Music

Jeff's ensembles are class favorites. "When are we going to play Divergent Rondo?" is a comment I often hear. I highly recommend his position studies. They are great exercises that break the mold of "How do you shut up a guitar player?"
-- Glen McCarthy, Guitar and Bass; Musician, Teacher, Clinician

I never hesitate to program Jeff's compositions and arrangements on concert programs. They are engaging not only for audiences, but for my students. We performed Divergent Rondo at the 2004 Yale Guitar Extravaganza and I continue to get rave reviews. My students just started Moonlight Dance and love every minute of our rehearsals! When we play Jeff's music, there is magic in the air!
-- Kevin Vigil, Heritage High School

Jeff, I love your music!
-- Patrick Roux, Canadian Guitar Quartet