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Featured Real School Students: Beth, Tyler and Tristan

Posted by Andrew Clark on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 30:03 PM

The Real School of Music has many talented students. From those just beginning to seasoned veterans, you can see some of our students on our Meet the Students page online. We'll be featuring them over the next week with links to their music if we have them.

You can catch these students in our upcoming showcases as well! Beginning Friday, December 7th from 7-8PM, and running daily through December 23rd where we cap off an incredible month with a final showcase at Johnny D's in Cambridge for our RealSchool Live! Ensembles.


Beth MacGray is a singer/songwriter experienced in multiple genres including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Country and Classical. She takes lessons from both Vykki Vox and Erik Ringstad. She is currently recording her debut cd,

MacGray, Beth   Headshot "Take Me With You" intended for release in May of this year. Her impressive list of accomplishments include singing the National Anthem at Harvard Stadium and winning a trophy for best vocals and for Outstanding Performance (with Beyond the Obvious duo) at Hard Rock Cafe Debra Crosby's Talent Quest. She was also chosen to perform with Robin Lane at The Paradise Lounge and at Fenway Park in Boston.
When asked about her experience at The Real School of Music she says, "From the owners to the instructors to my peers, there is a sense of belonging, true friendships and amazing talent; The Real School of Music has opened up many doors for me and has given me the confidence to share my talent with others and be proud of who I am. The Real School is a major part of building my career as a successful musician."

Tyler Charron is a singer/song writer and plays guitar, trumpet and piano. Since joining the Real School as a student of Vykki Vox's and Dave Hinckley's in 2009 he has performed in every end-of-term showcase,Charron including Johnny D's. He has performed as a solo artist on guitar, sung duets, played trumpet in both a Jazz ensemble and a Ska band.
In addition, he is the singer and guitar player for his band, Trust Fall. In the summer of 2011 Trust Fall recorded their first EP at the Real School, featuring 4 original songs. With Trust Fall, Tyler has played at Town Days in Billerica and Winchester, and has played Battle of the Bands in Burlington and Arlington. Tyler has also played with friend David Kisiel at Fashion Week at the Burlington Mall and the LABB Collaborative Barbeque Competition in Lexington.


Tristan Jantz began playing guitar at the age of 7 and songwriting at the age of 9. He has written over 30 original songs to date as he takes lessons from Erik Ringstad andVykki Vox At Arlington's Ottoson Middle School, Tristan was a guitarist for the jazz band and was the lead character in two of the school's musical productions.  He is now a member of the Arlington High School a capella Madrigal Singers, which will be touring in Europe this year.tristan 

Tristan performs regularly as a singer/songwriter, as a guitar in the alternative rock band Shades of Green (formerly Children from the Sand), and as the guitarist for jazz/funk ensemble Reverb.  He has performed at numerous open mics, churches, local town fairs, the Real School of Music, Arlington school events, Johnny D's, Ryles, Make Music Cambridge, Minerva Arts Festival, Burlington Mall, and is a regular local street performer. His band, Reverb, was voted the winner of the Arlington HS Battle of the bands the last 2 consecutive years and Shades of Green placed second.
When asked about Tristan's favorite Real School experience he said, "I love the atmosphere of the Real School as well as the plethora of unique and talented teachers. I have also enjoyed the ample performance opportunities they provide, from the open mics to showcases at local venues." Tristan self-produced a solo EP in middle school, a holiday fundraiser CD this past December, and a full length CD is expected to be completed in 2012. Tristan hopes to study Music Production after he graduates from high school in 2014.



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