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Jimmy Craven

Teaching Artist Statement
We are meant to be different, and to express who we are. Music lessons should present challenges while also being safe, nurturing, inspiring and fun! So I customize the entire approach to each student's passions, abilities and goals. They choose the music, I find the lessons and fundamentals within that music, because people learn from things they love. I live for the 'aha' moments when a student will glimpse beauty and express non-verbal feelings through a song.

Teaching Bio
Pianist, guitarist and synthesist Jimmy Craven graduated from Hartt College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano. After teaching at Danbury Electronic Music Center, Wooster Preparatory School, and the Cape Cod Conservatory, Craven joined the SSC faculty in 2009. He teaches private piano and guitar lessons, offers performance coaching, and runs the monthly Open Mics for the Conservatory.

Performance Bio
Pianist, guitarist and synthesist Jimmy Craven graduated from Hartt College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano. After teaching at Danbury Electronic Music Center, Wooster Preparatory School, and the Cape Cod Conservatory, Craven joined the SSC faculty in 2009. He has played thousands of gigs nationwide as a soloist, sideman and bandmember. He starred as Keith in the 'Unauthorized Rolling Stones' multimedia theatrical tribute show, and toured with the 'Ultimate Tribute To Rod Stewart'. Craven has shared the stage with: The Coasters, Mary Travers (Peter Paul and Mary), Roomful of Blues, Lily Tomlin (comedian/actress) and Dread Zeppelin.