Aaron Clarke
Boston, MA
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Aaron Clarke

Aaron C.

Boston, MA
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Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced guitarist/composer specializing in beginner and intermediate guitar, theory, and composition lessons. Every student learns differently, so we will discuss your goals and then craft a lesson plan that will best help you to get where you want to be! Whether working through chord progressions and melodies on guitar, expanding your understanding of the underlying music theory, or working to develop original compositions, we will methodically work through these concepts at a pace tailored to best suit your learning needs. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or are interested in beginning your musical journey!

About Aaron C.

I am a guitarist, percussionist, and composer originally from Maine and now based in the Boston area. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern Maine, where I also studied jazz guitar, and graduated with a Master of Music in Composition from the Longy School of Music, in Cambridge, MA, where I continued my jazz guitar studies.

I've played guitar since I was very young, and perform various musical styles in different settings. Throughout middle and high school, I performed in numerous rock, blues, and jazz groups. In my undergraduate and graduate career, I played in the pit band for many musicals, as well as in contemporary classical ensembles. During and since finishing my graduate degree, I have performed in a wide range of settings, from jazz standards ensemble, to classical chamber groups, to new music and avant-garde settings, to pop cover bands.

As a composer, I have likewise written in a wide range of settings, spanning from rock and blues, to jazz, to new music chamber ensembles and orchestras.

I have been teaching private lessons to students of varying ages for three years now, from all different musical backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Prior to that, I tutored lower grade theory students during my undergraduate degree course. I primarily teach beginner-level students who are starting with a limited background on guitar, but have taught some who have no experience whatsoever, as well as others who have a fair amount of experience but are simply looking to get better.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your musical future!

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Jamie
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Aaron is a great instructor and very easy to work with

Posted Aug 2, 2020
Edwin B.
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Posted Jun 30, 2020
Scott
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Very encouraging, yet not afraid to give you a challenge.

Posted May 19, 2020
Scott J.
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Experience

Administrative Assistant
Sep 2018 - Present

Longy's Divergent Studio

Private Lessons
Nov 2017 - Present

self-employed

Guitar, music theory, and composition.

Audio Engineer
Jan 2016 - Present

self-employed

Freelance audio engineer for studio and live recording sessions

Theory Tutor
Sep 2018 - May 2020

Longy School of Music – Theory and Composition Department

Graduate Fellow
Sep 2018 - May 2020

Longy School of Music – Composition Department

Various tasks, including concert organizing, data entry, interpersonal communication, poster design, etc.

Concert Office – general employee
Sep 2019 - Mar 2020

Longy School of Music

Front of house, lighting, recording, and stage managing duties.

Opera Assistant
Dec 2013 - Apr 2018

self-employed

Principal assistant to composer Daniel Sonenberg in preparation of performance materials for various performances of his opera "The Summer King".

Theory Tutor
Sep 2015 - May 2017

University of Southern Maine – Theory and Composition Department

Theory and Composition Department TA
Sep 2015 - May 2017

University of Southern Maine

Theory levels 1-4, Composers Ensemble, PA to chair Daniel Sonenberg

Education

Master of Music in Composition
Sep 2018 - May 2020

Longy School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Composition
Sep 2013 - May 2017

University of Southern Maine

Awards

Emerging Artist Award
May 2020

St. Botolph Club Foundation

Patricia Sherman Award
May 2020

Longy School of Music

Pappalardo Composition Competition
Jan 2020

Radius Ensemble

Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize
Jun 2013

Bay Chamber Concerts

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