Meet Our Faculty

Jamie Dunphy

Teaching Philosophy

Regarding his teaching style, Jamie says: “Everyone learns differently, and what works best for each of us can change over time. It’s not about mastering a single piece. I want all of my students to develop a set of skills that will enable them to play a wide range of music. I believe in using the highest quality music at every level.”


B.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston; M.M., University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Additional studies with Charlie Banacos and Olav Chris Henriksen


Jamie Dunphy has been an active Boston-area performer and teacher for the last fifteen years. He performed nationally with his nine-piece funk/rock band, and in 2005 (along with fellow IHM faculty member Greg Passler), formed the Mill City Trio, which has released three critically acclaimed albums of original jazz. In 2010, the group presented a series of workshops and concerts in New York, New Jersey, and New England featuring “The Syncopated Bird,” an original large-scale composition for jazz trio and narrator. Jamie also enjoys performing traditional Renaissance repertoire on the lute. In 2016 he released an album of original lute songs, “Stare into the Sound,” with longtime friend and poet Seth Peterson. He performs frequently with the chamber ensemble Night’s Blackbird and the country/bluegrass group The Somervillebillies. Additionally, Jamie presents concerts that focus on various aspects of guitar and jazz history, including the music of jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang and a tribute to the great Fred Astaire featuring dancers Ted and Pamela Powers. Along with teaching and chairing Indian Hill’s Guitar and Jazz Department, Jamie also teaches guitar and guitar ensembles at The Groton School.