Rex Willis, a native Floridian, is a faculty member at Manatee Community College, where he teaches guitar, composition and music theory. He received the master of music degree in composition from Florida State University, and attended composition master class/lectures with Aaron Copland. He has studied with world-renowned guitarists Bruce Holzman, Pepe Romero and Christopher Parkening. In addition to faculty work with the Stetson Guitar Workshop ( Stetson University, Deland, Florida), Willis has taught at New College in Sarasota, Florida.

Willis’ original compositions have been called “haunting and high-energized . . . fun . . .”

(Sound Board Magazine), “accessible . . . skillful . . . and brilliant” ) Les Cahieve De La Guitare, France), and “very powerful”, (Classical Guitar).

Willis has been commissioned by universities, professional music organizations, and performing artists. This includes two commissions by Stetson University for guitar orchestra that received world premiere performances. He was a featured lecturer, conductor and teacher at the International Guitar Festival Brno 2004 ( Czech Republic).


Guitar students of Rex Willis have won first place in the Florida Community College Music Symposium and moved on to graduate work and professional careers in music.

World-famous classical guitarists are commissioning, playing and recording Willis’ original works. Recent performances of Willis’ compositions are world-wide: Prague and Brno (Czech Republic), Dallas, San Antonio, Miami, Green Bay, Washington, D.C., London, Tokyo and Peru are some of the cities his music has been heard.

In addition to composing and teaching, Willis created and has hosted since 2003, “Guitar Unplugged”, a weekly TV show on Channel 21, METV in Manatee County.

Willis’ music is published by Tuscany Publications of Tampa, Florida.

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Phone: (941) 752-5591

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MVS 1016 Applied Prep Music Guitar:

For beginners: no audition required: in the classical finger-style tradition. Lessons must be arranged with instructor.


MVS 1316 and 2326 Applied Music Guitar I & II:

Intermediate to advanced classic-finger-style guitar. Consent of instructor and/or audition required.


MUC 1211 Applied Music Composition:

Music writing class (one on one); consent of instructor required; lessons must be arranged with instructor. No text required.


MVS 1116 Class Guitar:

Group sessions for beginners. Learn to read music and strum songs. Texts in MCC bookstore.


Music Theory and Aural Theory:

Required of Music Majors. See school catalog for details.

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Rex's Music

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