Rachel Bearinger is an educator, guitarist, trumpeter, songwriter, and performer. Rachel graduated cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's of Music in instrumental music education, and is a recipient of the Purple & Old Gold award for conspicuous achievement in music. She is also an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music education honor society. Currently, she maintains a private lesson studio in the Twin Cities and coaches rockers of all ages at She Rock She Rock summer camps.
Rachel has performed with various groups across the Midwest, as well as in New York City, London, and southern Brazil. As a trumpet player, she has played everything from Bach to Miles Davis to Snarky Puppy. As a guitarist, her work is rooted in the folk tradition, but expands into the worlds of jazz, classic rock, punk, and pop. She is also an active singer-songwriter. Her latest release, Spirals, is a folk rock album with twists of baroque pop and jazz.
Lessons with Rachel are productive and thorough. Students can expect to receive instruction with clarity, sequence, and patience, but not without a bit of levity (Rachel is kind of a goofball). Rachel has been teaching music lessons since she was a student in high school and has been honing her skills as an online teacher since 2017.
Rachel's teaching philosophy is rooted in a strong emphasis on music fundamentals while keeping each student's personal vision for themselves at the forefront. She is particularly fond of helping trumpet players discover their best sound via a relaxed, thoughtful approach to the instrument. Guitarists can expect combination of learning their favorite songs mixed with relevant guitar technique and music theory. Rachel knows that while frustration is inevitable, it can be greatly reduced by building a sturdy foundation of technique.