I have always been interested in music history and have made it a point to read as many biographies of musicians as I can find. I passed all my history classes at UCLA from each era, and then for my doctoral degree in Musical Arts at CGU I had to memorize all the historical information for the qualification exams. For example, how many piano sonatas, symphonies, string quartets did Mozart compose? (18,41, 23 respectively.) I can help you with research and development of general music projects or preparation for exams.
I have successfully completed all my recitals for my bachelor's degree in music from UCLA (Junior and Senior recital). For my Master's in commercial music at CSULA. I had a full concert with 8-piece band that included violin, sax, mandolin, and keyboards as well as the traditional bass, drums, and guitars. I had to coordinate the entire concerts, learn the lead electric guitar and vocals for a one-hour show.
Lastly, I went back to polish off my training on Classical Guitar at Claremont Graduate University. Here at CGU I also studied the history of music and filled in all the gaps from UCLA's music history department. I feel like I can lead anyone in the right direction to be motivated to get better each day. based on my experience and knowledge I think I can help students of all levels.
I have a doctoral degree in music and had to memorize all of the history of music for my qualification/exit exam. I spent an entire year studying for the history exam, completing my doctoral paper.
I passed music theory at UCLA with all the other opera singers and guitar players. My professor was Dr. Paul Chihara and his T.A. Andy. They taught us the fundamentals. The following year I studied Theory II with Professor David Fick who was an excellent piano player, composer, and fun person to be around! His enthusiasm for music theory was contagious!
I have continued to study music theory and some jazz harmony with my neighbor, who has a degree from Berkeley College of Music in Boston in Jazz Performance.
I use the techniques that I have learned from these great teachers and try to pass on the knowledge to my students.
I studied song writing and the many different forms with Professor Deborah Holland at Cal State Los Angeles in the Commercial Music Masters Program. Basically there are around 20-30 different pop song writing forms. Such as AAA (Jimi Hendrix, Watchtower) to AABA (McCartney/Lennon's song, "Secret") and many other forms.
We will review and compose our own songs in each form in order to really feel what each progression does to the audience and lyrical message.