Tony Ventura, Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Guitar
Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Guitar
University of Delaware
Amy E. du Pont Music Building
Newark, DE 19716
After receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar
Performance from the Philadelphia Musical Academy (now University of the
Arts), Tony Ventura worked with such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Melba
Moore, Jimmy Darrin and Mitzi Gaynor, including television appearances
on the Johnny Carson Show, as well as with legendary talk-show hosts
Phil Donahue, Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. For nine years, Mr. Ventura
toured extensively as a guitarist, singer and composer with Broadway
entertainer Ben Vereen. In addition to touring, Mr. Ventura participated
in recording sessions in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles. Mr.
Ventura teaches jazz guitar to non-majors through the Department of
Music and performs regularly with the Don Eaton Band, a 10-piece
ensemble specializing in weddings and corporate events.
mid-1980s, Mr. Ventura began studying computer technology, specifically
programming techniques and music recording software. He has more than 20
years experience in information technology and currently works as an IT
trainer and consultant, developing, implementing and coordinating
training for professional and staff development with Idea Integration.
Mr. Ventura earned the Master of Science in System Design and
Programming from Capella University, combining his IT skills and musical
background in the development of an online system providing instruction
to a Web-based audience in jazz improvisation through chord changes:www.tonyventura.com.
Mr. Ventura developed four instructional sections of the Noteflight
online music writing application and uses the system in his classes to
help teach chord studies, finger exercises, scale studies and
sight-reading, as well as other elements of the guitar developmental
Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance, Philadelphia Musical Academy (now University of the Arts)
Master of Science in System Design and Programming, Capella University
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