• Mandolin Mashup at Berklee

    This evening (2/12), the Berklee College of Music in Boston will host its 7th annual Mandolin Mashup. It was created by the late John McGann when he joined the faculty at Berklee in 2006, to highlight his most promising students. The

  • Memorial Fund for John McGann

    The acoustic music world was shocked last month to learn of the sudden passing of John McGann, a musician who had distinguished himself over many years of excellence in both performance and instruction. John was serving on the faculty of the

  • John McGann passes

    And the sad news just keeps coming... John McGann, noted instrumentalist and acoustic music educator passed away this morning in Boston. He was on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music where he taught mandolin and guitar, and led a

  • John McGann at Mandolin Cafe

    Mandolin Cafe takes a look at John McGann, one of the less heralded heroes of the 8 string world, in the most recent edition their recurring 10 Questions segment. McGann is a virtuoso on both mandolin and guitar, and has been

  • Berklee Acoustic String Festival

    The Berklee College of Music in Boston holds intensive crash courses each summer, both for incoming or potential students to get a taste of the Berklee experience, and to allow non-matriculated students to benefit from the school's storied faculty. For several

  • Punch – a review

    This review was written by John McGann, Associate Professor of Strings at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA. A wise friend of mine once observed that "people spend a lot of energy looking for what something isn't, rather than

  • John McGann – mandolin at Berklee

    We've written often about Berklee College Of Music in Boston and their recent embrace of the banjo and mandolin as principal instruments. Like most top music schools, Berklee requires all degree students to complete a minimum of two years of

  • John McGann – Sound Fundamentals DVD

    Noted mandolin teacher and transcriber, John McGann, has a new instructional DVD. Sound Fundamentals: Tone, Touch and Technique for Mandolin uses a number of crucial bluegrass mandolin techniques to help players find a wide range of pleasing tones, all the

  • Rhythm mandolin DVD from John McGann

    John McGann is one of acoustic string music's more prolific instrumentalists and educators. He is the 1985 national mandolin champion, and has performed and recorded with a who's who of bluegrass, newgrass, celtic and folk artists. He operates his own