Brendan Burns

Brendan Burns

Brendan Burns

  • Guitar



Teaching Philosophy

For me, the study of guitar is a lifelong discipline that is deeply intertwined with education. I am extremely grateful to share my teachings with the BMS community. I’m proud to be a part of a well-balanced and enriched learning environment. My goal as an educator is to help students cultivate good habits in learning. With music, we exercise our senses of creativity, perception and imagination. These expressions are developed and realized as skills through nothing more than work. There are no shortcuts. There are no “apps.” There is just study & practice (and that you have to build yourself). I’m here to help keep focus and provide direction while offering support, clarity & encouragement.

Teaching Biography

Guitarist Brendan Burns received his B.M. in professional music from Berklee College Of Music in 1998. His principal teachers include Charlie Banacos, Jay Weik, Tim Miller, Bob Pilkington, Norm Zocher, Joe Stump, Bret Willmott and Joe Rogers. Brendan has been with the Brookline Music School since 2006, and department coordinator since 2008, which oversees GUITOBER, a month-long celebration of guitar held every fall. He also serves as teaching consultant at Tunefoolery, an artistic collective of musicians with psychiatric disabilities, and online for Brendan has previously taught at the Newton School of Music, Newton Community Education and Page Music Center. Brendan specializes in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Pop, Rock, Country, Classical, Jazz, Experimental and Improvisatory music.

Performance Biography

Brendan is a founding member of the music & puppetry troupe: Elephant Tango Ensemble (nominated for an IRNE), former director of the house band for Bent Wit Cabaret and a regular contributor with SchoolTree, Kristen Ford Band, Karin Webb, Molly Zenobia & Brendan Burns’ Roadhouse. Brendan released his debut album TimeStamp (recorded live at the Somerville Theatre) in August of 2012 (available via BandCamp, iTunes or stream via Spotify or SoundCloud). Brendan is seasoned local performer having played at the Somerville Theatre, Club Oberon, House Of Blues, Middle East, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Puppet Showplace Theatre, Club Passim, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Brighton Music Hall, Precinct, RADIO, Sally O’Brien’s, The Burren, the Lizard Lounge and more.


B.M. Berklee College Of Music

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