About Jibrael Malik
Jibrael "Jibby" Malik earned his B.A. in music at The George Washington University, where he focused on classical guitar performance while studying under renowned Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas.
He began his musical studies at age 7 with the saxophone, switched to guitar at age 10, and progressed to piano and composition study while pursuing his degree. Having diverse musical interests from classical to folk and rock, Jibby's passion is the classical guitar, which he believes is an ambassador instrument for all types of music - from classical to pop - from around the world. His studies have exposed him to a variety of styles from Renaissance and baroque lute repertoire, to classical and contemporary Latin American music, and to flamenco music. He has performed in guitar ensembles and also in duets with vocalists. He has also played guitar and bass in several rock bands. As an active composer, Jibby has created several works for both piano and guitar as well.
Jibby loves teaching music to children, and started a guitar club for elementary and middle school students at the middle school where he taught math. He is well versed in all guitar styles and can teach a wide range of classical to popular music. Piano study is also a large part of Jibby's approach to music instruction, as he begins young guitar students on piano to establish notation reading fundamentals, incorporates piano into composition and theory lessons, in addition to focusing on the instrument in solo endeavors. He likes to both instill discipline and excite passion in his students, and emphasizes reading and attention to harmony, tempo, and rhythm in all instrumental studies. One of his greatest pleasures is sharing the same gift of music he was lucky to discover himself when he was younger, and to share his joy in music with his students.