Biography:

Skuli Thorsteinsson is a professional guitarist, teacher, and performer living in Boston. A versatile musician, he is equally comfortable playing old-school jazz as he is playing hard-hitting funk. Skuli's first experience with music began with the violin at the age of 3, performing in youth orchestras and chamber groups throughout his childhood. At the age of 13, Skuli started playing the guitar and quickly began playing in local rock, jazz, blues, and funk bands. He eventually moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, studying with renowned musicians such as Jeff Lockhart, Bruce Bartlett, and Tim Miller. 

Since moving to Boston, Skuli has performed with notable artists such as Nigel Hall (Lettuce) and Nikki Glaspie (Chaka Kahn, Jay Z, Dumpstaphunk) and performed original material throughout the Northeastern US with his funk band, Congress. Skuli continues to play straight-ahead jazz with the Beantown Swing Orchestra, and pop/funk repertoire with the Boston-based wedding and event band The Hub.

Education:

  • Berklee College of Music, BA in Jazz Composition/Guitar Performance, Class of 2014


Teaching Philosophy:

"I strive to keep things simple and fun. I find that focusing on one thing at a time and making sure the student really understands what we are working on before moving on to something else brings the fastest progress. 

I try to intertwine learning techniques with songs and music that the student is interested in -this gives the student context for the use of various techniques and also more motivation to learn them.   Focusing on the music that my students are interested in is more fun for them, and at the end of the day, if playing music isn't fun, what's the point?"