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Meet Our Faculty

Karl Grohmann

Drums, Percussion

Teaching Philosophy

I was lucky to have great music teachers in my life that showed patience, love, and rigor, and who were generous with their time and knowledge. My belief is that if I care for and about anything involving my students' path to wherever they want to go musically, and follow the principles set by my wonderful mentors, the student will respond in kind. I meet students where they are and guide them towards where they want to be as a musician.

Education

B.M. Berklee College of Music. M.M. in Composition, Longy School of Music, where he studied with Paul Brust.

Bio

Karl is a performing drumset/percussionist, composer, and educator. While studying many instruments and genres, he experimented with indie rock, minimalism, West African kora and percussion, and avant-garde new music, using found objects as experimental sound sources. Karl has performed professionally in Boston for over 20 years and has recently appeared with The Ballroom Thieves, The Novel Ideas, Stoptime Review, Amity Street Brass Quintet, Weston Friendly Society, and guitarist Ian Ethan Case. As a composer, his music is an amalgam of modern contemporary styles, art rock, jazz, world, and 20th-century classical techniques. Karl’s music has been performed internationally at festivals, universities, and in short films. He has been composer-in-residence with Gullkistan Residency (Iceland), High Score Music Festival (Italy), and Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar. In addition to Groton Hill, Karl is on the faculty of St. Sebastian’s School and Ursuline Academy, where he teaches music theory and ensembles. He is endorsed by Vic Firth, Byrne Cymbals, Porter and Davies, and ProLogix.

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