Brent Robitaille is a musician and author best known as a music educator, composer and arranger, and CEO of Kalymi Publishing. Brent is the author of 25 books which are in worldwide distribution. His books for "Cigar Box Guitar" are among the first books ever published for this instrument, including: "The Ultimate Collection Volume One & Two" "Celtic Collection" "Blues Overload" "101 Riffs & Solos" "Complete Chord Book" & "Technique Book." His most current release “The Blues Guitar Looper Pedal Book” also breaks new ground and the first book of its kind. “Improve Your Guitar Chord Playing” is a great resource for teachers and students introducing a new approach to chord switching technique. He has also written the “Celtic Collection Series” for violin, mandolin, ukulele & guitar. Brent is also a well-known music producer recording hundreds of arrangements and compositions with many artists and bands spanning a 30-year career. His music has been performed throughout the world including recent performances in Italy, England, and New Jersey. Brent is also a well known YouTuber publishing over 800 music videos. His music videos have accrued more than 8 million views in over 196 countries with 40,000+ subscribers viewing his videos daily. Brent studied composition, guitar, piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, McGill University, and York University.
Jazz guitar with Peter Harris at Humber College
Composition with Dr. Samuel Dolin and classical guitar with William Beauvais at the Royal Conservatory of Music
Composition with Professors Brian Cherney and John Rea; guitar with Edda Bissinger at McGill University
Composition with Professor James Tenney at York University
Graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (music specialist)
25 years experience as a private and class music teacher
Director of The Midland Conservatory
Music seminars and workshops in elementary and high schools
YouTube Online tutorials
Musician and Composer
Featured on over 40 recordings
Founding member of "Blind Mary"
Perform with pianist and singer Louis Lefaive and Ariko
Club and Corporate work with After Hours Band, Moonglow, Moonshiners
Singer Karla Crawford, Franco-Ontarian pop singer Eric Dubeau, fiddler Cindy Thompson, etc.
Theatre work: A Chorus Line; Little Shop of Horrors; Roar of the Greasepaint; Wintergreen; Cabaret
Live radio recordings including CBC New Music
Television series Emily of New Moon (sessions)
Orchestrated and arranged for Huronia Symphony, Serenata Choir,
Radio jingles heard on Rock 95, CHAY, KICX FM, etc ...
Coordinator of the guitar syllabus in Midland Y?s Men's Music Festival
Adjudicator of Kiwanis Music Festival / Young Composer's Competition
Books and Articles
Published research paper: "Can Composers Express Emotions Through Music?"
Empirical Studies of the Arts Journal, Vol. 10, New England.
Improve Your Guitar Chord Playing
The Blues Guitar Looper Pedal Book
Cigar Box Guitar - The Ultimate Collection, Celtic Collection, Technique Book, Blues Overload, 101 Riffs & Solos.
Celtic World Collection - Mandolin, Violin, Guitar, Ukulele
Traditional Collection - Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin
Slide Guitar - 25 Pieces for Slide Guitar
Newspaper Article: The rhythm of yesterday and today?
Newspaper Article: Girls just wanna have fun!
Selected Recordings and Compositions
Triptych (SATB Choir and Synthesizer)
McGill Concert Choir: CBC New Music Series
String Quartet No. 1 - 4
Adagio for String Orchestra;
Jackie Washington: Jazz with Jackie
Points for Chamber Orchestra / Transformations Octet
Blaine Scott: Yearning for Learning
Flash of Light Orchestra / ?13? Guitar Suite
Electronic: Questus Munus / Lilyrinth / 8 Tone
Eric Dubeau: Par Chez Nous
Cindy Thompson: I Can Feel It In The Air
Eric Dubeau: Coeur Et Ame
Edgar Petitpas: Edgar Petitpas
Gerald Boy: Medieval Cottage Songs
Billy Savage: Silent Scream
Dawn Marie Forster: I'm Doing this for Me
Gerald Boy: The Colours of Life
Louis Lefaive: Destinations
Robin Henry and Brent Robitaille: Beyond Silence
Brent Robitaille, Louis Lefaive, Rick Patenaude: After All This Time
Brent Robitaille: Between Stops
Angela Haskill: In the Spirit
Jeanie McCarthy Scott: Song of a Joyful Heart
Brent Robitaille: Away From ...
Graham Trude: Graham Trude
Sandon Weber: Sandon
New Jersey Guitar Ensemble - Cairo
One Second to the Future - Guitar Orchestra