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Thomas Byrne

Thomas Byrne is the founder and CEO of The Real School of Music.

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RealJams Academy Featured in The Burlington Union!

Posted by Thomas Byrne on Fri, Jun 03, 2011 @ 31:10 AM

BURLINGTON - The scene on Monday morning is a chaotic blend of nervous anticipation, creative energy, bubbling enthusiasm and the guarded excitement that comes along with meeting new friends.  Among the 30 or so young, budding musicians are a half dozen adult professional musicians, many decorated with Berklee degrees. They roam deliberately with clipboards in hand checking off names and finding the kids that are about to spend the next five days as a member of a newly formed band that will be guided by them. This process repeats itself five more times during specific summer weeks in the months of July and August.  Some kids go off to camp to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and short sheet beds – and others go off and spend a week learning power chords, how to bend notes, writing songs and pulling it all together to form a band.  This is just a part of what goes on at Real Jams Academy, the week-long summer program created by The Real School of Music on Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington...

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Tags: RealJams, summer camp

Private Music Lessons: In-Home vs. Music School

Posted by Thomas Byrne on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 33:01 PM

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Tags: music lessons, education

John McLaughlin at House Of Blues!

Posted by Thomas Byrne on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 @ 51:04 PM

This past Tuesday the 16th I was able to witness the father of fusion guitar (debatable I’m sure) JOHN MCLAUGHLIN at the new and already storied House of Blues in Boston! I called in some Real School favors considering our strong relationship with the venue and was able to grab a will call ticket along with fellow Real School instructors Joe Peck and Ryan Taylor. Unfortunately, I missed one of my heroes JIMMY HERRING opening the show (gave lessons until 8:30 and hustled to Kenmore) but didn’t miss a note of John McLaughlin. His show was impressive as he drew from his post Mahavishnu solo career. Flanked by glove wearing bassist Etienne Mbabbe and drummer Mark Mondesir the show fully straddled the lines of hard jazz fusion with just an occasional touch of a blues or rock feel. John curiously went without and amp and went direct to the board, but his tone was still slightly overdriven with a lot of sustain. Definitely not a setup I’m used to! Also, wanted to make sure everyone knows that John is currently touring with a rad Godin guitar. GODIN of course is assembled in New Hampshire, the greatest state in a great country. One more item of particular note was the presence of GARY HUSBAND, British born multi-instrumentalist. This guy was mindblowing. He switched during each tune from keys to drums. To do that with an all time talent like JMc at an exceedingly high level like this is like a consistent all-star baseball player at a pro level playing both pitcher and say, power hitting gold glove centerfield year in and year out. I can’t stress this enough. Check out his impressive discography. Be sure to catch John on this tour or another shortly. The man is pushing 70 with an unbelievable head of hair and unflagging talent, not even to mention the formidable recording history or seminal position in the ever-evolving genre of jazz/rock fusion.

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Tags: live music, entertainment, faculty, education

Voice Students Shine at "Chick Singer Night" at Johnny D's

Posted by Thomas Byrne on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 @ 38:04 PM

I had the opportunity to sit in on the Boston Showcase of Chick Singer Night, held at Johnny D’s Uptown Lounge this past Saturday. CSN is a non-profit organization that provides female artists with the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a live audience, backed by a professional band. Real School has been a sponsor of CSN-Boston for some time, and this was a particularly special event.

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Welcome to the Real School Blogosphere!

Posted by Thomas Byrne on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 34:04 PM

Thanks for stopping by the Real School Blogosphere. This site is currently under construction. Over the coming weeks and months, many of your favorite Real School faculty and staff will be contributing to this blog. Check back often to see what’s new!
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