Teaching Artist Statement
Music is one of the highest forms of the art of communication. It is a way of life, and a way of developing both self-expression and self-discipline. It is best taught and learned from the viewpoint of the whole person: physical, mental, and spiritual. The concepts, vocabulary, and techniques of music are the same regardless of the age of the student, and these are presented in such a way that real understanding and ability are achieved. In the process of mastering music, students gain self-esteem, confidence, and comprehensive skills that carry over into other subjects and activities. While gaining the abilities of self-direction and self-study during practice each week, students develop a passion for excellence and experience the joy of accomplishment.
Ed Broms' education began with three years with the St. Mary's Boychoir (later The National Boychoir). He studied piano, voice, and composition with director Brahmachari Keith throughout Middle and High School. He then went on to earn a BM in Jazz Performance on Bass from Berklee College of Music (1986), a MM from New England Conservatory in Contemporary Improvisation (1990). He continued with 2 years of intensive composition study with Harold Selestsky in NYC completing the Harmony and Counterpoint sections of the famed Schoenberg Method (1993). Broms teaches both traditional and contemporary piano styles at SSC beginning in February 2012. He has taught music in various ways for over 30 years, beginning by including tutoring younger choristers, tutoring other students at Berklee in traditional Counterpoint and Harmony. He has held a private studio of 10-40 students of all ages and abilities since 1986. Broms has authored two music texts: "Introduction to Piano" and "Encyclopedia of Polyrhythm, Volume 1". He has also done research into advanced tuning systems, and is currently developing an internet-based course in rhythm called "Rhythm Consciousness".
Ed Broms, dubbed a true ‘Renaissance Man’ by The Boston Globe, has been a mainstay of the New England music scene since 1984. A multi-instrumentalist, Ed performs and records in a variety of styles, each of which he makes uniquely his own.
Ed is an in-demand freelance musician working most recently with the 13 O’Clock Blues Band Jamie Lynn Hart, Ken Rubenstein, Rakalam Bob Moses, Timo Shanko, and The Meltdown Incentive. He has worked with artists as diverse as Chuck Berry, Eddie Kirkland, Cecil Taylor, and John Zorn.
Previously Ed served as the Music Director at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, MA (Episcopal) from 2006-2013. He was a Musician with Grammy-nominated Blue Man Group from 1998-2005,toured nationally with renowned jam-band Black Dog from 1992-1994, and led the legendary progressive rock band BrouHaHa from 1984-1992. He began his professional career at the age of 11 with the Grammy-nominated St. Mary’s/National Boychoir.
Ed has been with South Shore Conservatory since 2012.