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PJ Brutzman

Community & Academy Divisions


Guitarist PJ Brutzman began to play guitar at age 6 as the result of being inspired by his older brother. Blues became the foundation of his sound, but Mr. Brutzman also became interested in other styles, which he explored in depth during his course of study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since earning his BFA in Guitar Performance at Berklee, Mr. Brutzman has actively pursued teaching opportunities as well as performance engagements.

Mr. Brutzman’s teaching experience spans a multitude of music styles, and he is adept at working with beginners through career-bound students. His focus on fundamentals and stylistic detail, such as modulation, genre-specific techniques, and improvisation, along with a solid classical foundation, enable his students to develop breadth as a musician and collaborator. A master of chromatic harmony, complex phraseology, and polyrhythm, Mr. Brutzman is equally at home teaching the advanced jazz student as well as the beginner classical student.

As both a soloist and member of numerous ensembles, Mr. Brutzman has immersed himself in a wide variety of performance opportunities that have ranged from jazz sets to virtuoso solos, and improvisation to score study. His creativity is a reflection of these experiences and allows him to offer a unique perspective in performance and teaching that maintains soulfulness, compassion, and coherence.