William Rice

William R.

Canterbury, NH
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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Thank you for visiting my profile and for your interest in studying music! I have been playing music for most of my life, and some of my greatest privileges have been studying and performing with master musicians from around the world in various styles.

I have a bachelors degree in music education from the University of Vermont, where my instrumental focus was on classical guitar. I have always believed in the value in improving myself holistically as a musician, so in addition to classical guitar, I also studied jazz guitar, classical and jazz piano, performed saxophone in concert band, sang in large and chamber choirs, played in percussion ensembles, and routinely performed bluegrass, Appalachian, and Celtic music with an old-time music group. I am currently finishing a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where I have been studying various Asian and Polynesian music traditions from Japan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawai'i.

As part of my undergraduate degree, I worked at Burlington High School in Burlington, VT, teaching and conducting concert band, leading small jazz ensembles, and teaching music theory and composition. I have over ten years of experience teaching private lessons with students ranging from five year old beginners to advanced adults; from children with special needs, to ESL students (English-for-Speakers-of-other-Languages).

I am always inspired by the power of music to bring people together, to foster passion and creativity in individuals, and to nourish the body and soul. It is my dream to pass on the many music traditions that have inspired me and brought so much meaning and wonder to my life. If I seem like a good match to help further your musical goals, then I would love to hear from you!

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Private Lesson Educator
Jan 2006 - Present

Teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele in various styles of music including classical, jazz, rock, blues, soul, folk, bluegrass, Celtic, Hawaiian, and more

Teaching Internship, Music Teacher
May 2009 - Jun 2009
Vergennes Elementary School, Vergennes, VT

Developed lesson plans and taught kindergarten through sixth grade

Teaching Internship, Band Director
Jan 2009 - Jun 2009
Burlington High School, Burlington, VT

Taught and conducted concert band
Taught intermediate and advanced jazz ensembles
Taught general music class, theory, composition, history, ear-training
Private lessons for guitar, bass guitar, woodwinds, voice, percussion


Masters of the Arts in Ethnomusicology
Aug 2011 - Present
University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education
Aug 2005 - Jun 2009
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Malka R. Feb 26, 2018
Classical Guitar · Online

I've had two lessons with Bill now, and they've both been great! I came in already knowing some guitar stuff (like chords and whatnot) but never having studied classical guitar before. Bill was easily able to tailor lessons to my skill level and ability. Both lessons have been fun, and filled with lots of practical tips and techniques that have already improved my playing by lightyears! At first I wasn't quite sure how an online guitar lesson would play out (pun intended), but it actually went really well.
He also suggested several great resources for me to check out as to where to get music to learn and practice with (I'm focusing on Renaissance lute music). Bill is a very versatile player and teacher though, so I'm sure he could coach me in a variety of styles besides Renaissance music. I'm excited for many more lessons!

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