Ray Lassonde


Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Piano


30 years performance experience throughout New England; freelance performance and recording experience with many regionally well-known jazz, blues, rock, folk and country artists and bands; Worship Team at Grace Capital Church for many years; composer for many children’s songs


Academic Credentials

Master Certificate: Music Theory, Harmony, Ear Training- Berklee College of Music; A.S & B.S. Early Childhood Education, Granite State College; Early Childhood Master Teacher: Level 2, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services- Child Division; Early Childhood Master Professional-Workshop Trainer, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Child Division. Professional Training: bass - Bruce Gertz (Berklee), Jim Howe (Tommy Gallant Trio), Danny Morris (D Mo-Berklee); guitar - Bruce Saunders (jazz- Berklee), Michael Williams (blues-Berklee); piano - Gary Densmore; trumpet - Bob Hall; Trombone - Dan Dehart; clarinet - Kathy Leary; alto sax - Jerry Karush; drums - Frank Lassonde


Teaching Experience

30 years with Strings & Things Music; 25 years early childhood music specialist-central, southern and coastal NH; 13 years Montessori Children’s Center (Concord); Exeter Day School 1998-present; Mont Blanc Academy montessori-elementary and middle school general music; Laconia Christian-Elementary Recorder, small group and individual lessons, High School Worship Team Director; Master Trainer Professional presenting workshops for early childhood educators in the state of New Hampshire


Teaching Philosophy

Every student is an individual with unique learning styles. It’s up to the instrutor to discover how each person learns and teach to the individual. Fundamentally a teacher must understand that the most effective learning begins with trust. This trust can only occur when the teacher makes a connection with the student.


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