Rob Linton

Rob Linton
Professional bassist/ Adjunct Professor of Music at UNC Charlotte

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Undergraduate Certificate in Jazz Studies, UNC Charlotte (2018)
Masters Degree in Music Performance, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2020)

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Alumnus Rob Linton has recently returned to his alma mater, joining the adjunct faculty in the Department of Music in Fall 2021. When he's not teaching - he also runs a private studio and teaches at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs - Rob plays professionally four or five times a week, particuarly in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area, where he's a regular at venues like the Pilot Light, Scruffy City Hall, and Bistro by the Bijou.

How did your education at UNC Charlotte prepare you? What are some of the key things you learned?
UNC Charlotte’s jazz and orchestra program provided me with the individualized attention that I needed to grow. I am so thankful for all of the different playing situations I was able to be part of, the music I was exposed to, and the lessons I learned. I think that prepared me for my next step.

Do you have any particularly special memories of your educational experiences?
UNC Charlotte’s faculty provides so many masterclass opportunities for guest artists to teach students. A special memory I have is when I was able to play trio with Jerry Weldon in a masterclass. Jerry is a great NYC-based saxophonist who performs in Harry Connick, Jr’s band. I learned a lot from that masterclass and still use (and still continue to improve) on the advice he gave me. 
What advice do you have for current music students?
The advice I have for current music students is to be open to all music. You never know where your path will take you. I have played all kinds of music after graduating and finishing my degrees. I would also say it is important to practice often, but don’t forget to live life and let that also influence your music. Be the best you that you can be.