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Dustin C.

Award-Winning Pianist and Composer Available to Teach Lessons

Huntington Beach, CA (92646)

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Dustin, 27, has won numerous competitions in both piano performance and music composition. He is a member of the Young Composers Guild and the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). In 2001, Dustin was the recipient of the Modesto Symphony Guild Outstanding Young Musician Award, the Mancini First Place Award for Musical Excellence, first place honors for the MTAC Memorial Scholarship, and the MTAC Young Artist Guild AMRON Memorial Scholarship.In 2001, his composition Toccata for solo piano, won second place in the CAPMT Collegiate Composition Competition. His Prelude and Fugue, Enigma Rhapsody and Perspectives for two pianos won first place honors in the California State MTNA Collegiate Composition Competition and in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 MTNA Southwest Division Competition. In 2003, Dustin was commissioned once again to prepare a major keyboard work for the Kapell Foundation Commemorative Concert that was held in November of that year at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The resulting work was Dance Illusions, a set of four piano pieces inspired by various dance rhythms and styles.During the past four years, Dustin has performed extensively throughout California as a solo artist presenting standard literature and original works, as an accompanist for vocalists, and in chamber ensembles. In 2005, he received his BA in music composition and piano performance from Santa Clara University, CA where he studied both piano and music composition. He studied piano with Hans Boepple and composition with Dr. Pamela Quist. In 2007 he received his MM in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with renown composer Michael Fiday.

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Dustin’s subjects

Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Microsoft Word, Spanish
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Piano, Spanish
Business:
Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary
Music:
Composition (Music), Ear Training, General Music, Music Theory, Piano, Sight Singing
History:
American History
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish
Science:
Anatomy, Physiology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Word
Math:
Algebra 1
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Vocabulary

Composition (Music)

I have an extensive background in both piano performance and music composition. I am a member of the Young Composers Guild and the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). In 2001, I was the recipient of the Modesto Symphony Guild Outstanding Young Musician Award, the Mancini First Place Award for Musical Excellence, first place honors for the MTAC Memorial Scholarship, and the MTAC Young Artist Guild AMRON Memorial Scholarship.

In 2001, my composition Toccata for solo piano, won second place in the CAPMT Collegiate Composition Competition. My Prelude and Fugue, Enigma Rhapsody and Perspectives for two pianos won first place honors in the California State MTNA Collegiate Composition Competition and in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 MTNA Southwest Division Competition. In 2003, I was commissioned once again to prepare a major keyboard work for the Kapell Foundation Commemorative Concert that was held in November of that year at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The resulting work was Dance Illusions, a set of four piano pieces inspired by various dance rhythms and styles.

I hold a Bachelors of Arts in piano performance and composition from Santa Clara University, California and a Master of Music in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

I enjoy working with young composition students and assisting them in building the necessary musicianship skills that will enable them to proficiently write music of all genres and ultimately find their own compositional voice. I'm comfortable working with beginning composition students who have a basic knowledge of music theory to the advanced pre-college student who is comfortable with both functional and extended harmonic techniques.

General Music

I have an extensive background in music theory, piano performance and music composition. I am a member of the Young Composers Guild and the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). In 2001, I was the recipient of the Modesto Symphony Guild Outstanding Young Musician Award, the Mancini First Place Award for Musical Excellence, first place honors for the MTAC Memorial Scholarship, and the MTAC Young Artist Guild AMRON Memorial Scholarship.

In 2001, my composition Toccata for solo piano, won second place in the CAPMT Collegiate Composition Competition. My Prelude and Fugue, Enigma Rhapsody and Perspectives for two pianos won first place honors in the California State MTNA Collegiate Composition Competition and in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 MTNA Southwest Division Competition. In 2003, I was commissioned once again to prepare a major keyboard work for the Kapell Foundation Commemorative Concert that was held in November of that year at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. The resulting work was Dance Illusions, a set of four piano pieces inspired by various dance rhythms and styles.

I hold a Bachelors of Arts in piano performance and composition from Santa Clara University, California and a Master of Music in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

I enjoy working with young composition students and assisting them in building the necessary musicianship skills that will enable them to proficiently write music of all genres and ultimately find their own compositional voice. I'm comfortable working with beginning composition students who have a basic knowledge of music theory to the advanced pre-college student who is comfortable with both functional and extended harmonic techniques.

Piano

I love being a teacher, but even more than just that, I thoroughly enjoy assisting others on their journey to learning and making music a personal experience for themselves.

Having said that, here is my teaching philosophy, including what you can expect from me as a teacher and as an individual:

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

Each student who comes to me is an individual. I customize each lesson, keeping in mind the student’s level of interest, goals, and intent. I put great care into judging when to push, when to pull back, and when to stop altogether and regroup.

Sometimes there is frustration and as a teacher it is very important to take that experience and turn it into a positive learning situation. During the course of a lesson, we’ll take a "breather" and simply talk about the day, or work on material that is enjoyable and instills a sense of self-confidence —anything to release the tension of acquiring a new language-the musical language. Within moments, we are ready to begin again, refreshed and renewed.

I believe it's important to maintain a relaxed environment that encourages self-confidence, self-motivation, musical growth and excellence. To push students too much, being insensitive to their needs and limits, is to fail them. Sometimes this may cause students to dislike not only piano, but music itself. That may translate into personal regret years later. As their teacher, I do anything and everything to avoid that occurrence, making adjustments to their course of study.

Children and adults choose to end pursuing lessons at times, but only on an up-beat note, with suggestions of other paths to explore, other ways to grow and evolve. Closure is consciously done in a respectable and healthy manner, and students are never purposely abandoned. Having musical experience, for whatever length of time, can have lasting positive, even trans-formative effects on a student-child or adult.

As a teacher, I never give up on a pupil and attempt to instill that same dedication in each student. The piano is an instrument that requires passion, discipline, and strength. Moreover, it requires humility in recognizing personal and professional limitations with understanding and peace. We are not all capable of being world-class pianists; however, we can all foster within us their qualities of the love, joy, and awe that music brings to both the listener and performer.

In short: I offer myself as your personal musical guide to assist you in honing the skills needed to become the best musician your mind's eye can imagine. Learning music truly is an adventure that is meant to be fun and rewarding. Our time spent together will uphold that ideal.


EXPERIENCE

In addition to studying piano and composition extensively for many years I've been fortunate to have many other valuable experiences both as a teacher and musician, including but not limited to the following:

As a teacher, I've been teaching for over 5 years, having worked with young children to college age and beyond in a private lesson setting. During my undergraduate years I substituted for my professor at a local community college teaching the keyboard lab class for two semesters in a group piano setting. I have taught not only music but, composition and music theory as well.

As a church musician, I've assisted the Music Director at a northern CA catholic church as organist and pianist. I also accompanied the church choir during holidays and feast days.

As a soloist, I've performed extensively throughout California as a solo artist presenting standard literature and original works, as an accompanist for vocalists, and in chamber ensembles.

As an orchestral musician, I've toured throughout Japan presenting standard literature in Kurume, Fukuoka and Tokyo.

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Education

Santa Clara University (Music Composition, Piano Performance)

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (Master's)

Great tutor, talented Dustin is a great smart tutor, talented at playing piano. He is very nice and patient. After each class, he sent us a very detailed note for student to follow up. I highly recommend him. ...

— Tracy from Irvine, CA on 7/20/11);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Dustin will travel within 10 miles of Huntington Beach, CA 92646.

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