Monarch School Team

Bruce Bishop

Teacher - Guitar

Bruce Bishop

Bruce Bishop grew up in Southern California starting his music career at age 13 as a performing and studio guitarist. He studied jazz theory and composition at the Grove School of music for two years earning a position as a correspondence course instructor there.  He was part of a writing team at the Warner Bros. Amigo Studio, co-writing songs that received air play around the world. In the role of guitarist Bruce performed and recorded with many top notch bands in the styles of blues, rock, country, western swing and jazz. During this time his interest in building his own studio grew into what is now his full service, Cougar Creek Studios.  In 1996, Bruce was invited to teach a guitar improvisation class at Pitzer College in Claremont Ca. During this time he authored his book, Fret Board Harmony, used as a text at Pitzer and still used as a reference by many of his former students.

On the technical side, Bruce was mentored by, Al Mc Pherson, chief engineer at Warner Bros. Records, David Manley of the EMI records classical division and founder of Manley labs and Vital Records, as well as George Cardas of Cardas Audio and Cardas Records. His life long friend Al Stover introduced him to amateur radio for which Bruce holds a General Class operators license.  At Vital Records Bruce performed in many capacities that included guitarist, writer, arranger, musical director, engineer, and even product development. At Cardas Records his roles were similar. With Al Mc Pherson at Warner Bros. Bruce helped with the development of high resolution DVD audio by writing and recording special material used to demonstrate the new technology and also taking part in intensive A/B blind listening tests that included many of the top recording and mastering engineers in So. Cal.

In 1988 Bruce inherited the role of tree farm manager from his father for the 160 acre family homestead in Hope, Id. a place he’d never seen before. It was love at first sight, and the plan to relocate to Hope began to take shape. In 2000 he and his wife Julie moved north and built a house with a large studio building and a barn and horse corral. While working in the barn the UPS man delivered a gold record from Virgin Records for his performance on a Ben Harper album.

When the Monarch school extended an invitation to play for and speak to the students, Bruce was impressed with the depth of commitment of both staff and students to discover themselves and shape their own destiny in a positive way, and Bruce joined the Monarch family.  As a teacher of many types of young people with many differing experiences and skill levels, Bruce has focused on the process by which we learn how to teach ourselves and has endeavored to integrate the intense emotional growth work done at Monarch into the flow and appreciation of musical expression.  At home with his wife Julie, Ruby the dog, two cats and three horses, life is generally busy and happy. Working with the young people at Monarch has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life time.

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