Scott Tarulli

Assistant Professor
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Scott Tarulli has been a faculty member at Berklee College of Music for over 12 years. When he isnʼt teaching, he is maintaining a multifaceted career as a session musician, composer, writer, and clinician, all while earning a reputation as a uniquely talented hired-gun guitarist.

An in-demand local sideman and touring artist, Tarulli has performed and/or recorded with Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Mark Egan, Ira Coleman, Nile Rodgers, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel, the Temptations, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Peter Eldridge, and Guthrie Govan, to name a few.

With a busy touring schedule consisting of live shows, master classes, and clinics, Tarulli has played in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and all around the East Coast, as well as in Paris, London, and the Umbria region of Italy.

Tarulli has released three albums under his own name.

Career Highlights
  • Performances with Peter Eldridge, Steve Gadd, Abe Laboriel, Jacob Luttrell, and Meatloaf
  • Recordings include Transitions and September in Boston: Live (Scott Tarulli Group)
  • Recordings as a sideman include Alastair Mook's A Life I Never Had, Katrin's Soul Wide Open (producer and guitarist), and Lois Greco's Surrender
  • Performed with the Black Eyed Peas and Kelly Clarkson at the 2004 Super Bowl and with Earth, Wind & Fire, Alicia Keys, and Lionel Richie at the 2008 Super Bowl
  • Private lessons with Charlie Banacos and Bruce Bartlett
  • School Name
    University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    State or Province
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    Field of Study
In Their Own Words

"My teaching style comes directly from being someone who struggled a lot with learning—in particular, with learning jazz and how to budget my time. Absolutely nothing came easy to me in music. As a result, I base my teaching around my students and help them to become problem solvers. When they leave Berklee, my hope is that they're able to do things on their own and not be paint-by-number players."

"I have students who are really focused and ambitious. It's exciting for me when a student comes in ready for more and practices a lot. Students are so unique, and you have to approach how you teach them differently."

"Berklee hires working, touring musicians. I tell a lot of stories about my professional experience. I want students to know that I'm in the scene, gigging a lot. I play many different kinds of gigs; I perform with singer-songwriters, rock groups, and jazz groups."

"I teach a styles lab for the working guitarist. We study different styles of comping and improvisation to make students well-rounded players. This will help them tremendously when they go out and gig. Even if their focus is heavy metal, if a singer-songwriter calls them up, they will able to go into that situation and play musically."