Maurice Arenas is a veteran studio musician with over 43+ years of playing experience, over 38 years of performing experience and over 27 years of teaching experience. Originally from New York City and some time in Long Island, he absorbed the best musical scenario for his musical tutelage. After acquiring a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in performance as well as composition, he moved back to NYC and started playing in Broadway orchestra pits as well as doing jingles and recording sessions for radio and television and up and coming artists.
Due to spending quite a bit of time doing studio work and then touring on the road with various acts, Maurice decided he needed a change. He decided to move to the greater Washington DC area and create his own music instruction school much like one of his mentors Billy Bauer did (guitarist for Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Lennie Tristano). Maurice Arenas Guitar Academy was then was born.
MAGA has had many of its own students become professional musicians themselves. MAGA alumni have graduated from prestigious schools like Berklee, San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes School of Music and Juilliard. MAGA alumni are also career professionals in arena rock bands like August Burns Red and Cynic. During this time in his career his main focus has been on writing his own music, performance, education, coaching and clinics. Maurice is also a coach for Grammy nominees as well as music professionals on the Billboard charts.
Besides MAGA, Maurice became an adviser for various college guitar departments including the State of Maryland, as well as clinician and guest instructor for various music schools, songwriters workshops and colleges as well. He teaches alongside instructors from Berklee and Princeton in his own online classroom at TrueFire. Deciding to fill a void in guitar instruction, he also developed and created his own fusion guitar instructional video series called "The Art of Fusion" Volumes 1 to 6 for Mike's Master Classes.
Maurice has also contributed as a featured columnist for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, Guitar Skills Magazine and TrueFire "Riff" Journal and plans for instructional books are under way. Maurice continues his musical pursuits forward with upcoming performances, recording projects, production as well as more installments of his video series as well as new DVD series planned to come out later this year. His new album should be due out late 2016.
Maurice Arenas proudly endorses and has ongoing artist relations with G&L Guitars, Xotic Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, Bedell Guitars, Marshall Amps, Arnsparger Handmade Pickups, Morley Pedals, VFE Pedals, Amptweaker Pedals, Dazatronyx Pedals, Xotic Pedals, Red Witch Pedals, Maxon Pedals, Voodoo Lab Power Supplies and Pedals, Holeyboard Pedal Boards, Spectraflex Cables, Intellitouch Tuners, Dean Markley Strings, Savarez Strings, Gravity Guitar Picks, Real Rock Gemstone Guitar Picks as well as Levy's Guitar Straps and Levy's Gig Bags.