Teacher Artist Statement
Every student is a unique individual whose abilities and delights need to be found and vitalized. It takes tenacious patience, farsighted observation, and the expectation of success to guide a student on a path to becoming a musician.
Chris Rathbun has been a library media specialist, a computer applications instructor and a music theory teacher in public schools as well as a faculty member at the New England Conservatory Prep School and the Community Music Center of Boston. He joined the faculty of South Shore Conservatory in 2005.
He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, an M.S. (Education), and an M.S. (Library and Information Science) from Simmons College. His music training also includes undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music and double bass studies with William Curtis, Gaston Dufresne, Frank Gallagher, Lawrence Wolfe, Dave Holland, and Virginia Dixon (Suzuki Teacher Training) as well as studying improvisation with Ran Blake and Jaki Byard. Chris is a registered Suzuki bass and cello teacher.
Chris has enjoyed decades of bass playing from orchestra and chamber music to blues, free improvisation, be-bop, bluegrass, Dixie-land, swing, Broadway shows, cabaret, klezmer, Latin and world music.
Chris has performed with internationally recognized jazz artists, "Papa" Jo Jones, "Tiny" Grimes (guitarist with Art Tatum), Tom Lindsay (trumpet player on Coleman Hawkins’ recording of “Body and Soul”), Joe Marani (clarinet player with Louis Armstrong), Herb Pomeroy, "Sir Charles" Thompson (pianist with Charlie Parker), Benny Waters, and Sabby Lewis.
As a teacher of very young bass and cello students, as well as motivated teens and adults, he draws upon these experiences and Suzuki training to nurture the joy of all music and the amazing ubiquitous bass!
Geo-Political Statement (Chris Rathbun, Stephan Peisch-violin)
It Came From Out of the Woods (Chris Rathbun film ensemble)
If I Could Dance Like Fred Astaire (Jim Porcella, Ron Zack)
Never Never Land (Jon Jarvis)
The Good Stuff (Bob Roskopf, Jon Wheatley)
Peace (Steve Dale,)
Something Irresistible: Songs of Fran Landesman (Shepley Metcalf)
Jazzamir (Zamir Chorale)
The Music of Canary Burton (Jon Jarvis)
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