Dr. Júlio Ribeiro Alves earned a D.M. degree in Guitar Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a M.M. degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and a B.M. degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Brasília (UnB- Universidade de Brasília), in his native country Brazil.
At Marshall, he is responsible for overseeing the guitar area, teaching applied lessons, guitar literature, guitar pedagogy, guitar techniques, and coordinating the M.U. Guitar Ensemble. He also teaches music theory and aural skills. Active as a solo player and also as a member of the Violauta Duo, Dr. Alves performs a wide variety of repertoire from various ethnicities and historical periods. He has performed in several Brazilian cities, and also in the USA, Argentina, and Uruguay.
I consider it to be both a blessing and a great responsibility to have the opportunity to guide my students to refine their natural abilities and to develop new ones. I believe that through a musical performance, lives can be significantly touched, either generating or simply nurturing a process of immeasurable proportions which can lead us to become closer to each other, and to be more aware of our human condition. I feel this touch every time I communicate music to an audience, or when, as a listener, I get to hear someone doing it. I also firmly believe that performers can express a more meaningful message if they are able to integrate their knowledge about music theory into their instrumental skills. As a teacher, I focus on the goal of gradually making myself obsolete to my students as a result of helping them to develop their potential while at Marshall and to prepare them for the challenges they’ll face in their professional lives after they graduate from our music department.