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Thomas J. Kikta

Assistant Professor Music Technology & Guitar, Director Classic Guitar
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music 312
Phone: 412.396.5486


B.M., Classical Guitar Performance, North Carolina School for the Arts, 1984

Musician, Audio Engineer, Producer, Professor and Author, Thomas Kikta is a versatile artist who has been the director of Classic Guitar and Recording Arts and Sciences for over twenty years.

A native of Pittsburgh, he studied Classic Guitar performance with Aaron Shearer at both the Peabody Conservatory and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed for such dignitaries as Mia Angelou and Tony Morrison and has worked with such artists as Ricardo Cobo, and Manuel Baruecco.

As an audio engineer and producer Mr. Kikta's credits include The New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Visa /Mastercard, Family Guy, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Starkist, Dr John, MCG Jazz, BMG Classics, Leonard Bernstein, Pepe Romero and the New Century Saxophone Quartet, to name a few.

After working closely with Aaron Shearer for over 20 years he, with Mr. Shearer, coauthored the 3rd edition of the best selling and benchmark work -Classic Guitar Technique Vol 1- published by Alfred Publications. As a Co-founder and Board Chairman of the Guitar Society of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh audiences have enjoyed a decade of world class guitar music as well as free music lessons for underprivileged children. Thomas Kikta along with members of the Shearer family have founded The Aaron Shearer Foundation an organization dedicated to preserving and propagating the teachings and legacy of the revolutionary guitar pedagogue, Aaron Shearer.