Faculty

Adriana Balic

Adjunct Assistant Instructor


Biography

Adriana Balic has toured the world as a member of pop star P!NK’s band since 2003 on keys, backing vocals and guitar. In November 2019, Balic completed P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour, which broke records, playing to over 3 million people and making it the tenth-highest grossing tour in Billboard Boxscore’s history. Balic’s media credits include Saturday Night Live, Apple Music, Top of the Pops, iHeartRadio Live and American Idol. Other artists Balic has played with include Gwen Stefani, Wrabel, Sheila E, The Rubens, Brenda Russell, Chris Stapleton, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett Harp, Il Divo, Don Grusin and the U.S. national touring theater production of Jersey Boys. She plays Roland keyboards and is a Roland Artist.

As an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, Balic has been teaching keys, voice and songwriting in the Popular Music Program since its second year of programming, 2010. She has also been on faculty at Berklee Online as the pop/rock vocals instructor since 2010. Additionally, in 2016, Balic completed a master of arts in learning technologies from Pepperdine University with her thesis and capstone project on video and hybrid instruction, blended learning, flipped classroom and online platforms.

Balic, a Vancouver native, holds bachelor degrees in (classical) music and music education from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a diploma in professional music from Berklee College of Music in Boston. With life stories to share from both stage and school, Balic recognizes the uniqueness of each student and designs individualized, 21st-century instruction and strategies for their evolving artistry. In 2017, College Magazine named Balic as one of the “10 Female Music Teachers That Inspire Us”.

“I’m a life-long learner in this journey of artistry. There is no end-game in music. I facilitate risk taking to support the discovery of untapped creative potential. Empowering others in their musical pursuits brings me joy, and seeing their confidence and talent evolve is my reward,” Balic says.


Academic degrees

Other academic experience:

  • Professional Music Diploma, Berklee College of Music, Boston
  • Bachelor Degrees in Music & Music Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Piano Performance & Piano Pedagogy Diplomas, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Studied with:

Jazz Piano: Jerry Bergonzi, Ed Tomassi, Joanne Brackeen, Paul Schmeling, Ray Santisi, Jay Clayton
Voice: Roger Love, Mark Baxter, Jan Shapiro
Songwriting: Pat Pattison
Classical Piano: Kum Sing Lee, Rena Sharon, Edward Parker