B i o g r a p h y
My name is Angel Villagran, a native of Juarez, Mexico. I came to El Paso with my family at age 9 and have lived and studied here ever since. My studies at the University of Texas at El Paso focused on Commercial Music and recording as well as classical guitar performance. I am a graduate of El Paso High School where I graduated in 2003.
I began teaching for EPISD in 2013, but have been doing so since 2008 for P3 Programs at UTEP and La Guitarra School of Music. My experience as a performing musician started with cover bands like La Relikia and The Green House Effect, and latter went to original projects like Mrs. Moon (and the Lunatics), IMA, and Get the Honey. Aside from Pop/Rock and contemporary music, I am part of Guitarmonia which is a Classical Guitar Quartet composed of myself and the guitar teachers from Americas HS, Socorro HS, and Fabens.
My musical influences vary from Baroque Music to Portuguese Fados to Gypsy Jazz. As Louis Armstrong once said, “There’s only two types of music in this world, that is good music and bad music. Good music is the one you can tap your foot to.” Something to say from the man who showed the world how to “swing.” Some of my favorite musicians of all time are Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Steve Ray Vaughan, Paco de Lucia, Bebu Silvetti, and Tchavolo Schmitt.
My main focus as a High School teacher is to instill a strong foundation on rhythm, adequate music phrasing, tone development, good posture, and listening. It is also important to have a notion, at least, of music theory and underlying facts about the people who play and make music. As of 2016, I implemented and am testing an interactive website for my classes. Students are able to open assignments, and read important information, as well as watch instructional videos on material being covered in class. This website site is updated weekly.