Theo Griffin is a Voice, Piano and Bass instructor at The Real School of Music at our Burlington, MA location. Theo's career in the arts began as a boy soprano in a choir of men & boys in Hartford, CT. As a soloist, he attended consecutive summers at The Royal School of Church Music at Princeton and Lawrenceville Schools. As a teen, he studied acting and performed in regional theater groups. Professionally, Theo performed at the Hartford Stage Company, and also as Vocal & Acting Coach for the company's Youth Theatre. Theo attended Oberlin College and studied voice at Oberlin Conservatory. As a songwriter and composer, Theo taught song-writing workshops for The Wang Center's Young at Arts, Boston, MA. He has also composed music for the play, "No Politics & Symbiotic" by Patrick Brennan. He was also the Lyricist for Brennan's Play/Musical "First Person Shooter", which won the Best Plays of 2000 competition at Stageplays.com. Theo has also directed plays with Boston’s Playwrights Platform and Hovey Summer Shorts. Theo has been musical director, songwriter or bassist for many bands including Boston-based band Neon Grandma.
The Real School of Music - Blog
And now for a lesson in humanity and the power of music…
by Jim Zaroulis: Lead Piano Instructor, Real School - Andover
The following is an expert from a new ebook from Real School instructor, Tim Bongiovanni. To download the ebook, click here! Tim graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007 with degrees in Contemporary Writing and Production and Music Synthesis. While at Berklee, he studied jazz and contemporary voice.
When I was younger I played in a number of "Battle of the Bands." This usually meant my band would be playing with another 6 or 7 bands, and the organizer would ask us to share some of our gear. As a drummer, this really meant all my gear. Guitarists may be asked to share amps, but that's about it. At first I'd rarely agree - I mean, it's my gear - just mine. As I got older though, I've begun to change my mind on the matter.
On Friday, Oct. 27, six bands competed in Wilmington for a chance at five hours of recording studio time at The Real School of Music. The night was organized and hosted by Wilmington High School Choral and Theater Support (C.A.T.S.) group.
With two fantastic MC's introducing the groups, the night was a blast filled with incredible music in an array of genres. Several of the performers are current students at Real School, including a jazz student of Erik Ringstad.
The performances were thoughtful and endearing; the first group, a drummer and guitarist, played an instrumental set of passionate ambient rock. The second group, another drum and guitar duo, played two originals and a cover by the Black Keys. For their last two songs they switched instruments, showing impressive musical talent. The third group put on an incredible show, getting the crowd on their feet. They had a drummer, synth player and three vocalists. Playing original hip-hop music, they had a memorable performance.
After a brief intermission and a hilarious performance by an acoustic duo covering Flight of the Conchords, the show continued with an emotional guitar-driven performance from a jazz group, and ended with Pineapple Blast, the largest band of the night. They had a great Alice in Chains vibe going on and put on quite a show.
Real School instructors Dave Reffett and Violeta Dontcheva were judging the competition. They both had a great time, and Dave announced the winners on stage. Congratulations to Pineapple Blast for winning the grand prize of 5 hours studio time at Real School, and $100 cash! 2nd place was claimed by Wolf River who took home $150 cash, and 3rd place was The Mooners, winning $100 cash.
The bands had a chance to showcase their skills in front of family and friends, and one hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales go to the C.A.T.S. Scholarship fund.
Julie Ledoux organized the event. She is the President of the Wilmington High School Choral and Theater Support (C.A.T.S.) group. “We felt the night was a huge success, and we most definitely couldn't have done it without The Real School of Music! This was our first time running a Battle of the Bands - and as daunting an undertaking as that seemed from the outset, the outcome was a really fun night! Not just for the performers but also for the audience members. Having such an enthusiastic audience like we did was great for the kids who were performing! All of the kids did a great job - from the stagecrew to lighting to sound and of course the MCs and comedic musical act who performed between curtains. We weren't quite sure how big a crowd it would draw for the first time out - but we were very pleased - we had just under 100 people show up and suspect that that number will grow in the coming years. Having free t-shirts provide by Real School was an added bonus for our unassuming audience members as they walked through the door."
As a musician, you're expected to be in tune. Luckily there are a a number of great places to tune up for free - whether it be at home or on the go. Don't have $80.00 to fork over for a pedal tuner? No big deal. There's an app for that.
Every week, a Real School instructor will give you a quick tip on how to better your playing. With a vast array of instruments ranging from guitars to banjos, drums to horns and more, you’ll be able to learn something new every week whether you playthat particular instrument or not. Best of all, if you like what you learn, you can schedule a free trial lesson with that very instructor.