Phil Sargent




Phil Sargent's exceptional skills allow him to excel as an instructor, bandleader and sideman. He has been a clinician on topics ranging from guitar to jazz improvisation and can be seen performing in many Boston-area acts.


Academic Credentials

Plymouth State College 1995-97 Jazz performance (selected courses); UNH 1998-99 Jazz Performance & Composition (selected courses); Private studies in jazz improvisation with critically acclaimed guitarists Ben Monder, Brad Shepik and Garrison Fewell; Additional studies with Frank Turziano, David Newsam and Jim Stinnett; Studies in classical guitar with Chris Kane and Paul Hubert; Workshops with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Dave Douglas, Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden and Jack Wilkins.


Teaching Experience

Visiting Clinician in Jazz Improvisation and Composition at Cornell University, University of Augusta, NH Jazz Bad Association, Bancroft School, Massachusetts All State Jazz Symposium; Guitar instructor at the Wayland School District 2013-present; Guitar Skype lessons 2013-present; Community Music Center of Boston private guitar and Jazz Ensemble instructor 2009-present; Strings & Things Music private guitar instructor 1997-present; Parker Academy, Concord, NH private guitar instructor 2002-2003; Donavan Music Schoo, Haverhill, MA private guitar instructor 2000-2002; S.Y.M.S. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 1999 (taught guitar 1,2 and the advanced Jazz Improvisation Classes)


Professional Experience

Phil Sargent has performed internationally and recorded with a number of prominent musicians including Jerry Bergonzi, Fernando Huergo, Allan Chase, Phil Grenadier, John Lockwood, Matt Wilson, Yosuke Inoue, Thomson Kneeland and others. Phil leads his own group whose compositions draw from a variety of influences, most prominently the odd meters and eastern tonalities of ethnic Balkan music and modern jazz improvisation.  Phil released his first recording (For Carl) with this group in April of 2002. In June of 2010 he released the critically acclaimed album “A New Day”. In addition to writing for his own group he composes and is co-leader for the genre bending groups Iskar and Industrious Noise.  Phil also performs as a sideman in the John Funkhouser Quartet, Bruno Raberg Nonet, Rick DiMuzio Quintet, Brooke Sofferman Perspective, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol Jazz Orchestra, Rhombus, Sonic Explorers, ZumbaoTrio and a variety of other ensembles ranging from straight ahead jazz, rock to the avant-garde.


Teaching Philosophy

With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging form beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be jazz, rock, heavy metal, folk, blues, and everything in between.  It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals.  Whether you want to study jazz improvisation, Van Halen, classical, James Taylor or Guns N Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style that interestes you.  Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING!




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