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Music Educator Profile: USC Thornton School of Music Professor of Guitar Frank Potenza

Jazz guitarist Frank Potenza is a protégé of the great Joe Pass, and Chair of the Studio and Jazz Guitar Department at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his academic duties, he has also recorded seven solo albums, appeared as a sideman on numerous albums, and has appeared in concert with artists like Gene Harris, Joe Pass, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith and George Van Eps, among many others.

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Jazz guitarist and USC Thornton School of Music professor Frank Potenza introduces himself and the Jazz/Studio Guitar program at USC, and shares some of what he’s learned from his dual career as a guitarist and an educator – such as why getting out and meeting other musicians (and your heroes) is good for your career, how to overcome performance anxiety, how to nail an audition, and how to tell if you’re ready to commit to a four-year music program – and discusses some of the finer points of how jazz guitar is learned and taught in his department.

Shoot Date:
November 2007
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