Ross is a professor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and teaches private lessons in guitar (rock, jazz, funk, classical, folk), electric bass, ukulele, voice, composition and applicable music theory in any requested combination. He has also developed instruction in composing, programing and mixing laptop-based music, including dubstep, techno and house. He’s an active guitarist in rock, jazz, funk, experimental, and unclassifiable performance groups in Santa Fe and southwestern US. and composes original music for film, theater, dance and commercial projects. He also mixes beats, loops and electronica under the stage name clawdeuS. While he favors the guitar (as well as jazz and funk), he also play bass, trumpet, piano, ukulele and percussion (in many other genres).
Ross has studied with many teachers in several traditions. He spent five years as a resident artist at Mobius, a 20-year-old Boston mainstay for experimental art of all disciplines. He has produced works by over 300 Boston artists as Director of the Boston non-profit arts collective Open Faucet Productions, while performing frequently all over the New England and Minneapolis areas.
Ross’ teaching style emphasizes full-brain creativity. His teaching style is patient, detailed, spontaneous, innovative and most importantly, fun! He implements an array of teaching techniques, methods and modalities, understands that each student is different and uses an intuitively guided approach to each student. Ross understands that all students share a need for a supportive, safe, fun and challenging environment where they can stretch and grow.
- B.A. Boston Berklee, College of Music
Andy started young, learning the intro to “Jamie’s Cryin’” on a toy drumset from JC Penney at age 7. By age 14 he played his first gig, pit percussion for the musical “The Music Man.” Andy has always had a flair and passion for rock and roll, theatrics, and the importance of a solid musical education, having attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated with a MFA in Contemporary Music from the College of Santa Fe.
A multi-instrumentalist, Andy has played locally and toured internationally for 25 years, entertaining club, concert, and corporate audiences worldwide. Credits include Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, the Grammy Showcase Awards in L.A., as a featured musician in “$5 A Day” starring Christopher Walken, “Truth Be Told”, a FOX TV movie, and “Best Drummer” at The Candyman’s Drum Battle contest. He has released his own CD, “Mercenary”, and has appeared on and produced a plethora of CDs, commercials, videos, and plays, and in addition to his profession as a music educator works as a writer, director, producer, videographer and radio personality.
- Boston Berklee College of Music, B.F.A Contemporary Music College of Santa Fe
Eddie started playing the drums at age 10. He was mostly self taught, learning songs by his favorite bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, and Rush. When he was 17 he got his first guitar, and it soon became his primary instrument. He taught himself for a couple of years before attending The Players School of Music for two years, where he studied jazz guitar. Following graduation from The Players School, Eddie earned his associate's degree from Edison State College where he studied classical guitar, music theory, and aural theory. He left Florida for Santa Fe in the summer of 2016 to be closer to his family, and he will be finishing his degree at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
-The Players School of Music / Edison State College, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Aural Theory / Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Contemporary Music
Justin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing and studying music since the age of 14. His main focus was the guitar for the first few years until he quickly realized that he wanted to play any instrument he could get his hands on, and now plays and teaches guitar, drums, bass, keys, vocals and banjo. It became clear around age 20 that Justin would be devoting himself to the world of music education and has been teaching steadily for 8 years. He loves all styles of music and is pleased to work with all skill levels.
Mark is a versatile percussion artist with several decades of experiences in performing, touring, recording and teaching music. His resume is as diverse as his varied abilities and comfort of execution of domestic and global styles of percussion performance practices.
Since the mid-1980s Mark has maintained a touring presence nationally and globally with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (1986-90), Ottmar Liebert (1992-2002), Jono Manson (1995-2017) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (2011-Present).
Representative of his numerous television appearances are performances with Ottmar Liebert (Jay Leno, The Today Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Univision Mexico) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (Lopez Tonight). Additionally, he appears in such films as The Postman, King Pin and Eight Days A Week (with Jono Manson) and In Bye Bye Love (with James Taylor and Ben Taylor.
Mark has appeared on more than 80+ recordings with those by Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor and Ben Taylor, Ottmar Liebert, John Popper, Jono Manson, Cat Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Kip Winger and the 2011 Debut of John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours representing his most notable work.
Prior to his current position at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, he was on the faculty at Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences (2009-2010) and The College of Santa Fe (1999-2009). Currently teaching at United World College, Motezuma, NM