The People Behind BPM Publications
BPM Publications is a Tucson-based music publishing company whose mission is to provide high quality educational materials for guitar students and guitar educators. There are many people, representing several businesses, involved in bringing one of our publications to market. Each party is vitally important to the process, and contributes a specific skill set that influences the overall presentation of our products and storefront.
Our Publications’ Content Begins Here . . .
Ben McCartney is the founder and owner of BPM Publications. Ben started BPM Publications to create books and study materials that would fulfill the needs of his students. Ben has taught classroom guitar as an Undergraduate at SUNY Fredonia (1995-’97); as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Akron (1997-’99), and The University of Arizona (2000-’03); and currently holds an Adjunct Faculty position at Pima Community College where he teaches Studio Guitar and Classroom Guitar (2005-present). In addition, Ben teaches all styles of guitar privately (1991-present). These experiences led him to begin a series of publications for all levels and styles, and opened his eyes to the need for an instructional approach that emphasizes rhythm, fingering, and fretboard structure. Ben’s persistent dedication towards improvement via personal practice, public performance, and private instruction serves as the point of departure for BPM Publications.
Next, The Look Of Our Publications . . .
Once the content of a publication has been completed, the next step in to organize the look and feel of the pages. This task of layout and design is handled by Darren Simoes. Darren wears many artistic hats. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Darren is also an accomplished graphic designer, and is responsible for taking raw text manuscript, or music notation files, and giving them a unified look with a coherent page-to-page flow. Darren also designs the cover art for each of our publications.
On To The Printing Press . . .
BPM Publications uses the services of West Press, located in Tucson, AZ. West Press continues to impress with ultra-fine print quality, materials options, and comprehensive list of services. In addition, West Press is dedicated to the environment by using non-toxic vegetable oil based inks, recycling paper, and properly disposing of any chemicals used in their printing. We also love the fact that West Press is an employee owned business!
Getting The Product To You . . .
BPM Publications would not be complete without a means to get our publications to our valued customers! This task is artfully performed by the Web Design team of Kate and Chad Nierenhausen of Twin Wicks Design. Twin Wicks Design carefully crafted the look, theme, and functionality of this site.