Guitar & other fretted instruments

Adam Bosse teaches guitar, electric bass, ukulele, composition, and recording studio classes at NCMC. He also leads the weekly blues jam, open improvisation class and ukulele choir. He received his B.A. in music performance from University of Maine, Augusta, and his Master’s in jazz composition and arranging from UMass Amherst. Adam is well-versed in a wide variety of musical genres, and believes that there is no one definitive approach to teaching the guitar. He designs his lesson plans according to the goals and interests of each individual student. Adam has performed on and produced many recordings for artists around the Pioneer Valley. Adam previously taught on the faculty of Greenfield Community College, and now performs regularly with the free jazz group Twenty-Three Ensemble and the local rock group The Carbuncles.

Andrew Leonard teaches Suzuki guitar and classical guitar at NCMC.  Since receiving his M.M. from the Yale School of Music, Andrew has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Kentucky (where he ran the guitar program) and the National Guitar Workshop.  He received his Suzuki Guitar training at the Hartt School of Music. As a performer, Andrew Leonard has given solo recitals throughout the country, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine.  He spent the Millennium performing in Geneva, Switzerland.  Andrew’s solo recordings have been played on NPR affiliates nationwide.  He has also performed and recorded with Grammy Award winner Doug Smith.  Andrew Leonard is an endorsee for the D’Addario String company and Northampton menswear shop Jackson & Connor.


Vic Rawlings teaches mandolin, ukulele, banjo and other fretted instruments, as well as guitar at NCMC. He covers a wide range of musical styles, including blues, old-time, bluegrass, metal, punk, and classic country/honky-tonk. He has taught music workshops and master classes at Harvard, Princeton and Oberlin, and recently completed a feature-length documentary film on Smithsonian/Folkways living legend, Lee Sexton.


John Mason coaches at NCMC's Summer Rock Band Program. He received his B.A. in guitar performance from Middlebury College, where he studied with Thomas Geoghegan. John also studied jazz at Berklee College of Music with Bill Bresnahan, and studied fingerstyle orchestral guitar with Tuck Andress. He has taught guitar since 1984 and is currently on the faculty of Williston-Northampton School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Westfield State University, Western New England University, and Holyoke Community College. He performs extensively throughout the Northeast with the Back Bay Guitar Trio and the Ellen Cogen Ensemble, as well as improvisational concerts with saxophonists Ted Levine and Ed Harlow, and percussionist Gary Rzab. In 2002, John won the Guitarmageddon National Championship at the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.