Ryan Schwartzel is a southern California native who began performing at a very young age. He began taking piano lessons at the age of five, had a short-‐lived run with the trombone, and then discovered his passion for the bass guitar at the age of 10. He quickly started to take lessons; first with guitarists, and then with renowned studio bassist Norm Stockton. As a teenager, Ryan became very involved in his high school and church music programs. These programs took him on several international tours throughout Mexico and a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. While in college, Ryan became more involved in San Diego’s local music scene. He played bass and guitar in his own original rock groups, as well as for several singer/songwriters such as Jennifer Jayden, and San Diego Music Award Nominee Allegra Barley.
Ryan arrived in Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied music theory and bass performance. His private instructors included Lenny Stallworth (Brian McKnight/Maceo Parker), Daniel Morris (Bo Diddley), and Joe Santerre (Mike Mangini/John Petrucci). Ryan graduated Berklee in 2010 and is now heavily involved in Boston’s local music scene, DJing at local clubs as well as playing in the rock trio Vending Machetes, and local dub reggae act The Hub Dub. Ryan enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, and is well versed in a variety of musical genres. His other passions include audio engineering, cycling and snowboarding.
From Ryan: "My goal is to develop each student’s passion and ability for music as a whole, as well as the specific instrument. I want to give my students the tools to be able to play and understand any genre, and to quickly interpret what they’re hearing in the real world. This is what keeps things interesting and makes the student want to practice. Successful and competent musicianship involves far more listening than playing. If your ears don’t know what’s going on, then your hands never will."