Robin Stone

Associate Professor
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"Having been brought up in a household where both my parents were jazz musicians—my mother is a vocalist/pianist (also on the faculty here), and my dad played upright bass—I consider myself lucky to have been exposed to great artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and many, many more. Even my grandmother was a mandolin player, and it was my curiosity concerning her mandolin, tucked away in her bedroom closet, that first influenced me to want to play the guitar. From the age of 14 I have been performing and playing the guitar in some capacity. The many years of gigging combined with over 25 years of teaching experience and six years of college has given me plenty of insight on music and music education. I greatly enjoy the fact that my life’s passion is the continuing study of this great language we call music; it is with that same passion that I emphasize to my students that the study of music is a most rewarding and challenging choice."

"I would like my students to really know the guitar theoretically and to understand how the fretboard works. I firmly believe that students should have a thorough understanding of harmony and how it works on the guitar. Because of the way the guitar is tuned, learning the fretboard can be confusing and frustrating. Most students learn by patterns and fingerings. While this method is a wonderful way to learn how to play the guitar, it leads to a situation later in one’s playing of not knowing what they are playing. I would like to be able to say that my students come away with a better understanding of how those patterns and fingerings translate into a real working knowledge on the guitar."

Career Highlights

 

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Extensive performing experience in a variety of styles
  • Member of Phi Kappa Lambda Honor Society and Master Musicians Collective
  • Recipient of a Uchida Foundation Fellowship to study koto in Japan
  • Composed "Adagio for String Orchestra and Oboe" (1993) released 1996 on MMC Orchestral Miniatures Volume 1