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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?