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Christopher L.

Christopher L. (MA, 4.0 GPA) Piano Composition Musicianship Spanish

Oakland, CA (94606)

Travel radius
7 miles
Hourly fee
$60.00
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I believe that learning is fundamentally linked to motivation. As a Piano, Composition and Musicianship teacher both privately and in academia, I have seen students reach excellence as they develop the enthusiasm and love for their activity. Therefore, my goal as a tutor is to balance the technical and measurable fields of music with the cognitive tools of appreciation, which lead to motivation and love for music.

My methods are a combination of traditional and experimental techniques that include sight reading, singing, harmony, improvisation and creativity. For the area of Piano I focus on the Bartók, the Ana Magdalen Bach and the Czerny methods, as well as the standard repertoire which includes music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, and other referential works for the instrument. For the area of Composition I show many different styles of composition, which are analyzed and applied to personal works by the students. I also show my own techniques and strategies of composition based on careful listening of the sounds in our surroundings.

A crucial part of the musical experience is the performance, the exposure of one's work with the public. For this reason I organize recitals and concerts for which my students work with effort and commitment.

As a parallel to my musical tutoring, I offer tutoring in Spanish. My undergraduate education in Mexico City combined with my Graduate education in the United States have offered me the possibility of being proficient in English and Spanish languages and their rules of grammar, syntax and spelling.

My teaching experience includes: Teaching Assistant in Musicianship and the Advanced Orchestration seminar in Mills College; Peer tutor in Spanish for the Spanish department in Mills College; and more than 10 years in private instruction of Piano and Composition.

Since music needs commitment and periodicity in order to give fruits, I try my best to work with my schedule and offer makeup classes in order for the student not to loose the week's activity. In case a makeup is not possible, I have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to discover the many and wonderful things that music provides!

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Composition (Music)

I hold a BA and an MA in Music Composition. I have written works ranging from solo performers to symphony orchestra, which have been performed in important concert halls in Mexico City and the Bay Area. I have experience teaching in College level both in Mexico City (Introduction to Composition in the National School of Music of the UNAM) and in Oakland (Teaching Assistant of Advanced Orchestration in Mills College). I also have 10 years of experience teaching private lessons in Composition.

Ear Training

I hold a BA and an MA in Music Composition. I have 10 years of experience in private lessons of Ear Training, Sight Singing and Music Theory. In the fall of 2012 I worked for Mills College as a Teaching Assistant for Musicianship, which covers Ear Training, Sight Singing, Music Theory, Harmony and basic Keyboard skills.

Music History

I hold a BA and an MA in Music Composition. In both my undergraduate and graduate studies I studied several Music History courses covering from the Middle Ages to the XXI Century. I have hosted several radio programs about classical and contemporary music. I have taught Music History in College level at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (Sept, 2006-June, 2007).

Music Theory

I hold a BA and an MA in Music Composition. I have 10 years of experience in private lessons of Ear Training, Sight Singing and Music Theory. In the fall of 2012 I worked for Mills College as a Teaching Assistant for Musicianship, which covers Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Singing, Harmony and basic Keyboard skills.

Piano

I have played the piano and offered recitals for 20 years in halls of the National School of Music in Mexico City as well as played concerts in Mills College. I have more than 10 years of experience as a private instructor of piano of more than 30 students. Recently I performed piano in Steve Reich's "Music for 18 musicians" in the Littlefield Hall, Mills College.

Sight Singing

I hold a BA and an MA in Music Composition. I have 10 years of experience in private lessons of Sight Singing, Ear Training and Music Theory. In the fall of 2012 I worked for Mills College as a Teaching Assistant for Musicianship, which covers Sight Singing, Music Theory, Ear Training, Harmony and basic Keyboard skills.

Spanish

Of my two undergraduate degrees, both of which I obtained in Mexico City, the first one was in Communication, from which I graduated with Honors. My major was Theory in Communication, which implied the writing of several essays and research papers in Spanish. This experience with writing in Spanish, together with the fact that my first language is Spanish, makes me a knowledgeable and skilled tutor for the subject.

Tennis

I have played Tennis for 28 years. In grade school I played in several tennis academies and attended to tournaments in Mexico City and Acapulco. I have assisted several tennis professors in Mexico City. Here in Oakland I am developing a tennis community with players that had limited experience before taking lessons with me.

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Education

Escuela Nacional de Musica de la UNAM (Mexico City) (Music Composition)

Mills College (Music Composition) (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Christopher will travel within 7 miles of Oakland, CA 94606.

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