Kossler, William

Adjunct Professor of Guitar
Music Department
MA in Elementary Education K-6, Salem College 1994
Teacher Certificate (Student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuke, Matsumoto Japan) Talent Education Institute (Suzuki Method Institute) 1986
MM in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina 1984
BM in Guitar Performance, University of South Carolina 1980


William Kossler is a guitarist of uncommon ability in demand internationally as both a teacher and performer. William has placed as a finalist in regional and national competitions and received positive reviews for his compelling performances. He has conducted Long Term Artist Residencies with both the South Carolina and Tennessee Arts Commissions, and as a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship spent a year in Japan studying with pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  A co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, Mr. Kossler has conducted pedagogy workshops for guitarists throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  He currently directs and teaches guitar privately in Winston- Salem with the Winston Salem Suzuki , with directs the guitar instruction at Piedmont International University, and has served on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Touring Artists Directory as a performer on the guitar, lute, and vihuela. His wife Lauren is a Suzuki violin teacher and performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony. William performs in solo and various ensemble settings, including as a guitar/violin duo with his wife and with his three sons who are also accomplished guitarists. In his free time he enjoys fishing and gardening.

Books, Articles, Memberships

Books available internationally:
Suzuki Guitar Method - co author.

Books available from Young Musicians at http://www.young-musicians.com
Music Theory Studies for the Guitar
Harmonic Analysis Of Your Repertoire
Mystery Songs Book - A Beginning Reader for the Guitar


Mr. Kossler's articles on guitar pedagogy have appeared in Soundboard (the Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America), The Suzuki Journal (the Journal of the Suzuki Association of the Americas) and several other publications.

Workbooks (Available from kosslermusic.com:)
Bass Notes Melody Notes Book


"A performer who is guaranteed to please." THE GENDAI GUITAR, Tokyo, (National Japanese Guitar Publication) 
"Kossler played with apparent effortlessness...his performance was a joy to hear." (Concerto performance with the Brevard Symphony). THE TRANS TIMES, Brevard, North Carolina
"impressive musicianship....seemingly effortless technique." THE SUN NEWS, Myrtle Beach, SC


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Guitar Foundation of the Americas


Piedmont International University Seal