An established musician and songwriter, Ari Rosenschein’s songs have been featured on popular television shows such as Veronica Mars, Saddle Ranch, De Grassi: The Next Generation, Lincoln Heights and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. He has opened for musical acts including Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants, Mindy Smith, Rhett Miller, Silversun Pickups, Peter Case, and toured the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom extensively. Now a music and history teacher at Fusion Academy Pasadena, Mr. Rosenschein is combining his expertise in the music industry and teaching background in one setting. For his professional accomplishments in and out of the classroom, Mr. Rosenschein is Fusion Academy Pasadena’s PERSONality of the Month.
Prior to joining Fusion Academy, Mr. Rosenschein taught English and Social Studies at The Hollywood Schoolhouse in Los Angeles, and experienced one-on-one teaching for the first time at the California Education Plan in Los Altos. An avid guitar, bass, drums, keyboard player and singer-songwriter, he has taught music privately for seven years. Mr. Rosenschein has worked with many young artists including The Jack Bambis, opening band for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eddie Vedder, and Tess Dunn, who has received much acclaim for her performance on the Warped Tour the past three years.
At Fusion Academy Pasadena, Mr. Rosenschein works with students to co-write original songs and record them in the school’s professional, state-of-the-art recording studio.
“I have been teaching music privately for years and when I learned about Fusion, I was hooked,” said Rosenschein. “I feel like I’ve finally found a place where I can be as creative as I want to be in the classroom and really engage the students in something about which we’re both passionate.”
Mr. Rosenschein won the John Lennon Songwriting Award in 2006 with songwriting partners Gaby Moreno and Victor Indrizzo for “Escondidos,” the first Latin song to win the award, where he met Yoko Ono. He recently released a new album called Ghost Town Directory with Beverly Martel Records, a division of Worlds End Management.
“Ari is an accomplished and well-regarded working musician with tremendous knowledge of the industry,” said Francisco Ayala, head of school. “His experience gives students insight into commercial songwriting, live performance, and the ins and outs of the music and music publishing worlds. It allows them to witness the viability of music as a career, as well as the reality of the hard work and perseverance involved.”