Even though I graduated from Harvard and from Longy School of Music, I feel that in many ways my real education as a music teacher has been right here at Brookline Music School! The students that I have had over the years in this vibrant community have been a continuous source of information and inspiration. Trying my best to work with students’ different needs, musical tastes, and learning styles has become my main mission in music. No two students are ever alike. One may work best in classical with standard notation, another strictly by hand-and-ear in rock. Some do all of the above and more. I have been on a lifelong journey of discovery with the guitar that has been deeply satisfying and rewarding. With my students, in an atmosphere of encouragement and fun, I try to build a positive rapport in hopes of helping them to find their own meaningful journeys with music and the guitar.
Will Dick has been teaching acoustic and electric guitar at Brookline Music School since 1982. In addition to working with hundreds of private students of all ages and levels in styles ranging from classical to rock, he has served BMS in numerous capacities. As Guitar Department Coordinator from 1989-2009 he instituted and/or supervised many guitar-related programs, activities, recitals, and events. Aside from the Guitar Department, at BMS he has chaired the Faculty Advisory Council and served on a number of other committees, including the Faculty Benefits Committee and the Practice Project, a research group focusing on practicing strategies. He was a BMS Board member, where he represented the faculty and also assisted with programming/education, development, and Kennard House renovation planning. While BMS has been central to his career in education, Will Dick has also been a faculty member of Dedham Country Day School, St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Winsor School, and Pine Manor College.
Aside from his career in education, Will Dick has been active as a guitarist, singer, composer, arranger, and recording producer. He has performed classical, popular, and original music—solo and in groups—extensively throughout the eastern United States and beyond. He was lead guitarist in The Bead Game, a progressive Boston rock band whose drummer, Jimmy Hodder, became a founding member of Steely Dan. He has performed solo at King’s Chapel and at Sanders Theater, and in duet with Josiah Spaulding at the Wang Theater in a program with Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary. He was honored to perform his own composition with former BMS Director Lawrence Zukof, recorder, at the inaugural concert of Kennard House, hosted by Associate Boston Pops conductor Harry Ellis Dickson. Recordings include A Boston Guitar Project (Sail Records), where he is a guitarist, arranger, and producer; and Ghosts In The Cove (Bagaduce Records), a collection of original songs. In 2014 he released another album of originals, The Tide Is Turning, produced by BMS’s own Brendan Burns. He is a prizewinner in the American Song Festival and the Billboard Song Contest.