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Student Spotlight Series: Singer Songwriter Christopher Ruediger

Written by Jim Keenan | August 30, 2016

It's all about learning, growing, and putting yourself out there.

With an active gigging schedule, popular Youtube channel, and a new recording of original music, singer / songwriter Chris Ruediger is busy making it happen. 

The following article is part of our Student Spotlight series, which highlights the stories and experiences of Real School students and their families. 

Singer / Songwriter and Burlington Real School of Music Student Chris Ruediger 

Since getting his start playing at local open mics over five years ago, seventeen year-old Chris Ruediger is now performing at restaurants, cafes, Bar Mitzvahs, and privates parties throughout the Greater Boston area. His musical genres, including covers and original tunes, range from pop, rock, and jazz, to blues and country.

Chris has been studying with Burlington Real School instructor James Towlson for the past two years. When asked about working with Chris, James said, "Chris is an outstanding young talent with a great feel for many styles of music. He's come a long way since his first lesson and is continually improving his guitar work, voice, and songwriting."

The Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (MA) senior and Real School Burlington student shares his musical journey, from starting in the fourth grade with in-home piano lessons to blossoming into a singer/songwriter.  

At what age did you start with music lessons and where did you take lessons?

Chris: I started music lessons in fourth grade at my house with a piano instructor. Early on, I enjoyed playing the piano but never liked to sing!

That's interesting, because now singing is a big part of what you're doing. Why did you decide to come to Real School and what do you like best about it?

Chris: I decided to come to Real School two years ago to further purpose my musical career and gain valuable instruction. Real School has fantastic instructors that make you feel comfortable. They also encourage you to take risks and have a passion to learn. 


What has been some of your most memorable experiences in music so far?

Chris:Over the summer of my freshman year, I went to South Africa and performed for kids at a local orphanage. I loved performing for them and seeing smiles on their faces.

I recently released an EP at my high school studio as well. It is called Summertime Story and has five tracks! Check it out!

How has playing music made a positive impact on your life?

Chris: Since coming to Real School, I have gotten numerous gigs at local bars, restaurants, and private parties. It has helped me feel more confident and comfortable on stage.

Some of the venues I've played at include the Main Streets Market & Cafe (Concord, MA), The Burren (Somervile), 6B Lounge (Boston), The Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), The Indo (Beverly), The Colonial Inn (Concord), Mic Morgans (Newton), and Devlin's Restaurant (Brighton). 

What do you attribute to your musical growth and development? 

Chris: My parents and my experience at Real School. I want to thank my parents for providing me the opportunity to get a musical education.

Real School has helped me grow tremendously as an artist. Additionally, my dad always recommends new songs to learn and cool videos to check out! Thanks dad! 

What are some of your favorite subjects and favorite things to do outside of school? 

Chris: Math and social studies are my favorite subjects. I like to golf, and I'm involved with the radio station and student government. 

Are you in your day school orchestra, band, or choir?

Chris: Yes, I'm in an a capella group. 

What are your future goals? 

Chris: I hope to major in business in college. 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are looking to develop their skills?

Chris: Have fun and play as much as you can. Whether you are just sitting on the couch watching TV or at a Real School lesson, pick up your instrument and practice. It will make a difference. And don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. You will be surprised at how good you are! 

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