Stirling Rutty

Stirling R.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In my individual, personalized voice lessons, I work with students to develop healthy vocal techniques, a keen musical ear, and above all, the ability to overcome stage fright and have fun singing. I encourage my students to take risks, make mistakes, and ultimately experience the joy of singing. I specialize in music theory, having earned a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Colorado College after studying voice and guitar for two years at Berklee College of Music.

About Stirling R.

I love teaching music because every student has a different way of processing and relating to music. No two people have the same music taste, and you might get something completely different out of a piece of music than I do. I love the window into another person's mind I get when I teach and tutor, figuring out what works for them and what doesn't.

Growing up in Saudi Arabia, I became accustomed to hearing Arabic traditional and contemporary music on a daily basis. By taking violin lessons from an early age, I also became familiar with the Western classical repertoire. At Berklee College of Music, I studied under such disparate figures as Palestinian oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen, psychoacoustician Susan Rogers, and vocalist and frequent Bobby McFerrin collaborator Joey Blake. I've played guitar and bass professionally in multiple touring bands. I've sung, arranged, and provided vocal percussion for multiple vocal groups, including Berklee's professional a cappella group Pitch Slapped. I am also deeply interested in the music of various world cultures, and have played and studied West African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, and Afro-Cuban music.

After studying at Berklee for two years, I earned a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Colorado College, where I also studied music history, jazz and classical piano, jazz guitar, and Balinese gamelan.

I greatly look forward to helping you on your musical journey!

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