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Weslie B.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hr

EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH MUSIC

EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH MUSIC

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I think of myself as a Storyteller with Music. Whether it be composition, singing, music history or theory, I like to personalize each subject for each student, so that it truly makes sense to the individual! I focus on the needs and desires of individual students, and create a program that suits each student's goals.
By earning my Masters In Music degree, I learned how the magic in understanding music is truly in the details. I like to present music learning in a fun yet serious way, so that its value will absorbed to the fullest degree.

There's no end to exploring music. One aspect simply leads to another, and then another. The importance to learning music is to break down the details into small steps, and build from there.

History:
Music History

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Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

I received my MM in Music Composition. As a grad student, I taught and tutored music theory to undergrad college students, and continue to do so.
Most important - I love talking about music, and exploring all aspects about it.

General Music

For 2 years, I taught "Rudiments of Music" to CalState students.
Topics of music can be explained in many ways - I enjoy finding the most appropriate approach for each individual student.

Guitar

I have studied and played guitar for over 30 years. I play mostly pop, jazz, rock, and indie-rock. Also, I studied at Berklee College of Music and CAL State LA, where I received my master of music degree in composition.
I like to start students with songs of their choice, and from there, suggest some alternative styles. For students who also sing, I will focus on specific techniques to enhance their performance and musical arrangements.

Music History

I am available to tutor all periods of music history, from Medieval to 20th century. I earned my Masters of Music Degree at CSLA, and as a graduate student, I taught Rudiments of Music, which included music history. I now tutor music majors at colleges.

Each period of music has within it specific composers and musical styles which form the basis of understanding how music effects the enormous variety of life styles through time. With every historic religious and political shift, the approach to musical composition and performance shifts as well. So do the theoretical terms used to describe these changes in musical styles. Since many music styles overlap through periods, i.e. Classical/Romantic, I like to help clarify what is unique for each period, and why certain composers and works take precedent in influencing music history as we understand it today.

Whether it be preparing for test, paper, or special projects, I'm certain I can help you out.

Music Theory

I received my masters in music composition, thus becoming very knowledgeable about music theory and counterpoint from at the Classical era through 20th century atonal perspectives. I also studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, thus learning to analyze music via chord progressions and melodic lines. I love sharing this knowledge with those who want to expand their musical appreciation and understanding.

Sight Singing

I teach solfege, a singing technique used to teach pitch and sight-singing. I teach movable 'do', meaning that 'do' changes with the root of the key signature.
I also teach fun and easy scale exercises that help to learn and sing all of the 'do re mi's' of music. Whatever your instrument, the practice of solfege and singing scales is the best way integrate your musical ear with overall musical knowledge.
I received my master of music degree in composition from CAL State Los Angeles. I also taught sight- singing and sight-reading at the college level.

Songwriting

I have my MM in music composition, and I have studied pop and jazz songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I won awards for my songs in internationally played short film and my songs have been sung by many artists nationwide. Most often, students of mine who start with voice, guitar and or piano eventually admit to having written a few songs, and need some help either finishing them, or trying to make sense of the music that they hear in their head. For me, writing a song is one of the best ways to express yourself in your own unique way.

Sometimes music comes first, sometimes the lyrics comes first, and sometimes it's an instantaneous marriage of the two. Whatever your initial experience may be, I will teach you the practical skills to help develop and complete your song.

Voice (Music)

Since my teens, I've been singing professionally, either in bands, with jazz trios or as a solo singer/songwriter with my own guitar accompaniment. I studied with Seth Riggs, Chuck Meyers and Cathy Segal-Garcia. I've recorded two CD's on independent labels, and have worked with many singers in a range of styles, from folk to Broadway. Although I have a huge repertoire of songs to choose from, I love adding to it any song a student wants to learn. Also, I've earned an MM in Music Composition, and really encourage all vocalists - especially potential songwriters - to understand basic musical elements, such as time and key signatures, and chord progressions.

Berklee College of Music
Voice, arranging
Cal State, LA
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music (Voice, arranging)

Cal State, LA (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Weslie will travel within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90068.


About Weslie

I think of myself as a Storyteller with Music. Whether it be composition, singing, music history or theory, I like to personalize each subject for each student, so that it truly makes sense to the individual! I focus on the needs and desires of individual students, and create a program that suits each student's goals.
By earning my Masters In Music degree, I learned how the magic in understanding music is truly in the details. I like to present music learning in a fun yet serious way, so that its value will absorbed to the fullest degree.

There's no end to exploring music. One aspect simply leads to another, and then another. The importance to learning music is to break down the details into small steps, and build from there.

Education

Berklee College of Music
Voice, arranging
Cal State, LA
Master's

Education

Berklee College of Music (Voice, arranging)

Cal State, LA (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90068

Weslie’s Subjects

History:
Music History

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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