Teaching Artist Statement
Art music is fun but I feel it is important to remember that it is built on the music we all know. Every day, I take this thought to my horn.
My first love is ensemble music because I love living in the middle of beautiful harmonies. I vividly remember the first rehearsal I had in an orchestra: the first notes the string section played were like a light switching on in my ears. Having been exposed to the rich history of jazz in Boston and New York, I learned its sonorous colors.
I am most happy when I help unlock a student’s natural energy. Although this may not seem to be a musical goal, my teaching is first about developing the person using the objective mirror of music. There is much in the world beyond music to inform my teaching of each student’s unique intellect. I teach the brass tacks of controlling the emotive sound of a brass instrument because I myself have found no greater reward in music. I’ve spent years studying so I can pass on skills from which I’ve drawn so much inspiration. Horns are the new black and I will show you how they work.
Grant has worked consistently as a teacher since his first job in middle school. As a South Shore Conservatory’s Summer Music Festival faculty member, he coached an Afrobeat ensemble and several student classical and jazz ensembles. At the Community Music Center of Boston, he worked full time as one of their outreach classroom music teachers in Boston Public Schools. He later used the same skills in Longy School’s outreach program, and for the Bell Summer Literacy and Arts Program. Grant held multiple positions with Marrowstone Music Festival; he worked as a low brass teaching assistant, librarian, music theory teacher, and chamber ensemble coach. Over the last decade he has taught private lessons for the John Payne Music Center, the Brookline Schools, the Dedham School of Music, the Dedham Country Day School, and the Winchester Community Music School. He began teaching at South Shore Conservatory in 2011.
Grant Randall, trombone, performs in Boston and greater New England. He enjoys playing and teaching a variety of musical styles such as classical, jazz, and avant garde. Grant has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale Orchestra, Symphony-by-the-Sea, Boston Early Music Festival, and many other ensembles and theater companies in New England. He is an award winning soloist. He also serves as tenor soloist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Providence, RI.
As an improviser and bass trombonist, he plays with the Berklee Faculty Jazz Composers Ensemble, Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, Fat City Blues Band, Hot Tamales Brass Band, and many other creative bands. He has performed the avant garde music of Frank Martin, Helmut Lachenmann, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ingraham Marshall, Fisher Tull, Stockhausen, and Davide Ianni.
Grant holds performance degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Originally from Seattle, WA, he currently resides with his wife in Jamaica Plain. He has been with South Shore Conservatory since 2011.