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Douglas Niedt, Jr.

Associate Professor of Guitar

A native of St. Louis, Douglas Niedt began his study of the guitar at age seven with his father, an amateur guitarist. He later polished his playing to gem-like brilliance through studies at The Juilliard School, the Segovia Master Classes in Spain, and with Christopher Parkening, Narciso Yepes, and Jorge Morel. He made his New York debut at age 21 in Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then, he has appeared before enthusiastic audiences across the country, prompting one critic to write, "Mr. Niedt is not only a brilliant master of his instrument, but a performer of great sensitivity. The wealth of sound and the dynamic finesse which he elicits from the guitar promise to make him a worthy companion of the few great guitarists such as Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream."

His fabulous CD, Pure Magic, received a rave review in England’s Classical Guitar Magazine and led to his appearance on the cover of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. His Christmas CD is titled In Heavenly Peace.

Niedt has also authored a book titled How to Make a Million Dollars Playing the Guitar. It is a no-nonsense guitarist's guide to making a good living in the music business while also achieving personal fulfillment.

Niedt has produced a series of teaching videos and scores titled Play It Like a Pro™ that offer in-depth instruction of select repertoire. His performance video, Douglas Niedt—American Virtuoso, CDs, published arrangements, and Play It Like a Pro™ lessons are available on his very informative website,

Recognized for his excellence in teaching, Niedt presents master classes across the country and has taught at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance for 38 years.