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Robin Stone is an associate professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music. Although she teaches many styles of music, she concentrates on the history and playing styles of classic rock guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and the Allman Brothers. She has taught at Berklee since 1990, when she became the second woman ever hired by the Guitar Department.
Stone is the managing editor and web designer of Open Position, the Guitar Department's online newsletter that showcases faculty talent and provides an insider's look into the work being done in the school's largest department. She contributes "String Theory" articles, exploring harmonic concepts for guitarists. In 1993, she composed "Adagio for Oboe and String Orchestra," which was recorded by the Radio Slovak Symphony Orchestra in Poland and released on the MMC label in 1993. In 1996, she was awarded the Japan Foundation's Uchida Fellowship, allowing her to live in Roppongi in Tokyo to study the traditional Japanese instrument the koto.
Stone received her bachelor's degree in professional music from Berklee in 1983. She received her master's degree in jazz studies from New England Conservatory (NEC) in 1988, where she studied composition with William Thomas McKinley and George Russell. Stone graduated from the NEC with academic honors and is a member of the Phi Kappa Lambda music honors society.
"I would hope that my students will have a better understanding of harmony and realize the importance of being original and true to who they are. I encourage them to pursue their own musical path and to make music that is as highly informed as it is inspired."
"My background has given me the experience to relate to varying situations, whether academically or professionally, on a stage. Experience is invaluable, and I hope to convey what I have learned to my students from those experiences."