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Jose Bernardo

Berklee Alum
Online Student
I have a passion for teaching and an unquenchable thirst to learn more.  
Kauniainen, FI
Member since 2004

About Me

Berklee alumnus. 1998-2002 – Major: Songwriting
Berklee Online alumnus 2013-2014 – Master Certificate: Guitar

Currently based in Finland.

@JoseBernardoGTR on Instagram

Experience & Education


  • CDO for Kitarakellari Oy
    July 2017 to Present (over 2 years)

    I teach guitar, ukulele, bass, and music theory at the shop. I also manage the company's social media and website.


  • Columnist for Ukulele Rhythms Magazine
    August 2013 to June 2016 (over 2 years)

    I write an instructional column called "Transitions".

  • Columnist for GuitarBench Magazine
    January 2013 to June 2016 (over 3 years)

    I write an instructional column called "Fretboard Mastery" for this quarterly publication.

  • Peripatetic Music Instructor for German Swiss International School
    June 2014 to June 2015 (about a year)

    I gave private lessons in guitar, bass, and ukulele at GSIS.

  • Founder and Managing Director for The Weekly Riff Ltd. / Riff Centre
    August 2008 to June 2015 (over 6 years)

    I teach guitar, bass, ukulele, and music theory privately in Hong Kong through the TWR Ltd. subsidiary Riff Centre.

  • Founder and Musical Director for Sonic Bloom Theory
    January 2012 to January 2015 (over 3 years)

    Founder/Guitarist/Composer/Arranger This project is currently on hiatus.

  • Founder and Musical Director for Acoustic Bloom Theory
    June 2014 to December 2014 (6 months)

    Acoustic Bloom Theory is a trio ensemble made up of two guitarists and a cellist. Project was put together for a private event performance in December 2014.

  • Ukulele Instructor for HKILA
    November 2013 to September 2014 (10 months)

    I am the ukulele instructor at Hong Kong International Learning Academy

  • Freelance Instructor for First Pick Guitar School
    March 2010 to July 2011 (about a year and a half)

    Freelance private guitar instructor in Hong Kong

  • Front of House Engineer for Mystic Dream
    October 2009 to October 2009 (less than a month)

    I was the FOH for Mystic Dream when they opened for Children of Bodom on October 19, 2009, at the HITEC in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

  • Sole proprietor for Hanla Kulta Entertainment
    August 2005 to November 2007 (over 2 years)

    My US publishing company.

  • Summer Camp Guitar Instructor for Appel Farm Music and Arts Center
    June 2007 to August 2007 (2 months)

    Taught guitar and ensembles at a summer arts camp.

  • Guitar Instructor for Bernardo Music (Boston, MA)
    October 1999 to August 2005 (over 5 years)

    Taught guitar privately in the Boston area.

  • Patron Services for Boston Symphony Hall
    2001 to 2002 (about a year)
  • Stage Crew for Berklee Performance Center
    May 2000 to November 2001 (about a year and a half)

    Worked at the BPC and other performance halls at Berklee.

  • Founding Member, Guitarist, Songwriter, Arranger for XYgoatZ
    March 2000 to August 2001 (about a year and a half)

    Boston indie band. 2001 debut LP "I Don't Have a Monkey".

  • Conscript Musician for Finnish Navy Band
    September 1997 to April 1998 (7 months)

    Played drums, guitar, and bass, with the Finnish Navy Band. Performed over 150 gigs.

  • Drummer for Rejemillz
    1996 to May 1997 (about a year and a half)

    Rejemillz was a cover band. We performed top hits of that year at band shows and the Sharks Club in Singapore.


  • Master Certificate in Guitar at Berklee Online
    2013 to 2014 (1 years)
  • CTEFL in ESL at Boston Academy of English
    2005 to 2005 (Less than a year)
  • Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at Berklee College of Music
    1998 to 2002 (4 years)
  • International Baccalaureate in Secondary School at United World College of South East Asia
    1995 to 1997 (2 years)
  • Double Bass in Symphony Orchestra at Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, CA, USA
    1993 to 1995 (2 years)
  • Performance in Double Bass at West Helsinki Music School, Helsinki, Finland
    1991 to 1993 (2 years)
  • Performance in Drum Set at Pop/Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki, Finland
    1988 to 1993 (5 years)