Chris Hersch - guitar
Chris Hersch teaches a wide variety of Guitar topics and styles, including: general technique, reading skills, jazz improvisation, country, rock n roll, western swing, pop/contemporary, blues, bluegrass, folk and fingerpicking styles.
Chris tailors his lessons to each student's needs and unique interests, believing no single approach is all encompassing. His teaching is flexible yet disciplined, and he strives to find the right mix of fun and challenge.
Whether it is a five-minute practice on a single string, or 30 minutes on a jazz standard - Chris wants to communicate the excitement of making music, and the joy of progressing over time with smart practice.
He also teaches the 5-string Banjo in the 'Clawhammer' and 'Bluegrass' traditions, as well as Ukulele for kids.
Chris Hersch is also a very active performer, and has toured Nationally and Internationally since 2007 with various bands including Oneside, Girls Guns &
Glory, Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, Amy Black, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin Band, Monica Rizzio & The Roundup, Say Darling, and Chris Hersch & The MoonRaiders.
He was voted among the Best Roots Guitar Players Nationwide by The Alternate Root, and was picked in Rolling Stone Magazine's '10 New Artists You Need to Know' (2011 Girls Guns & Glory) - he also won two Boston Music Awards for 'Best Americana Act of the Year' (2011 & 2013 Girls Guns & Glory).
Other performance accolades include a New England Music Award Nomination for ‘Best Roots Act of the Year’ (2019 Chris Hersch & The MoonRaiders) and his band Say Darling was voted ‘Rock n’ Rollers of The Year’ by Red Line Roots(2017).
Chris Hersch graduated from New England Conservatory in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance, where he also earned a Concentration in Music-In-Education. He served as Guitar Chair at Powers Music School from 2008-2012, and also taught at other music schools including the Community Music Center of Boston, Brookline Music School, and Cape Cod Conservatory.