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Eric Sinclair

Instructor in Music
Eric Sinclair

Education

B.Mus.Ed. University of New Hampshire

Biography

“There are songs so good, songs that must be heard.
There are songs that are more than melody and words.
There are stories from the past, stories from the heart.
It’s the stories we tell that tell us apart.”

—"There Are (Songs to Be Sung)”

 

Mr. Sinclair’s passion for music began early in life, sparked one Sunday evening in February 1964. After a few years playing the drums, he initiated his ongoing love affair with the guitar with the purchase of a brand-new Harmony steel-string acoustic.

In 1975, after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Mr. Sinclair began sharing his enthusiasm as a classroom music teacher and fifth-grade choral director at Lincoln Street Elementary School in Exeter. He joined the PEA Music Department as a guitar instructor in 1979. Besides the great joy Mr. Sinclair continues to find in working with his guitar students, he has also had the pleasure of teaching the class Music 211: Popular Music in America. He became the guitar instructor at Exeter Summer in 1988 and recently introduced the class Songwriting & Music Recording.

An Exeter native, Mr. Sinclair is also a singer and songwriter. He has released three albums of original music: Five Songs, Anytime and There Are (Songs to Be Sung). He performs often on campus, including his annual Holiday Sing-along Assembly. His “Six Strings, Ten Fingers and One Voice, with Words” recital series began in 2003.

Mr. Sinclair is married with two grown children and a grandson. When not teaching, he cherishes the time he spends with his wife and family. He also enjoys concerts, movies and art galleries, as well as researching and writing about guitar music history. He loves to sing and, of course, play the guitar (especially his old Harmony).