Southern New Hampshirer Aaron Cloutier began his musical journey at the age of 10 when he picked up his father's guitar and started banging on the strings. The seed was planted and countless nights of playing air guitar to Metallica records soon followed. The air guitar was then replaced with a beat-up old classical re-stringed lefty-guitar and the obsession was cemented.
After being self taught for many years, Aaron decided it best to learn the language and fill in the musical gaps by attending professional music lessons under the tutelage of Gardner Murphy, where he developed a strong understanding and appreciation for music on an intellectual as well as an "esoteric" level. Aaron realized “the more you know the less you are limited.” Aaron was encouraged by Gardner to apply what he had been taught and teach others, and since then Aaron has been sharing his knowledge with students, with 5+ years teaching experience.
During this time he immersed himself in music business, recording and songwriting. The latter of which he delved further into with his studio projects DAVOLA (solo) and ANIMUS RISING where he honed his writing, arranging, singing, playing and producing chops.
In 2009 Aaron relocated to Phoenix Arizona to attend The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and study audio engineering. During his studies, Aaron became certified in Avid's Pro Tools 8.0.3 and Apple's Logic Pro 9 professional recording software as well as Wave's Plug Ins, and upon graduating, he landed his first recording job as Assistant Engineer on the Latin Metal band ILL NINO's 2010 release "Dead New World".
Aaron is thrilled and honored to be a part of the School of Rock Chatham family and is eager to pass his knowledge and passion for music onto his students, while he continues to reach the next level in his own educational endeavors.