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Hello - I'm Chris and I have taught students of various ages about music theory, composition, and technology (including recording, electronic music, and music notation). My approach is highly tailored to each student, and I am willing to tutor for multiple topics and specialties. I also have a broad knowledge of general subjects, ranging from poetry to geography, and from computers to writing.
With two advanced degrees in music composition and a diverse liberal arts undergraduate training, I bring an excellent mix of topics to the musical discussion. This is often very important in the creative field(s), where different art forms (and other topics) can inspire the art form one is seeking to develop.
My lessons in music focus on each student's particular skills/goals and typically include exercises in listening, analyzing, and composing.
I taught music theory, composition, and ear training at Chapman University (Orange, CA) for three years as both an assistant professor and an instructor. Prior to that I was an instructor in composition and electronic music at the Eastman School of Music, while completing my doctorate.
I taught music theory, composition, and ear training at Chapman University (Orange, CA) for three years as both an assistant professor and an instructor. Prior to that I was an instructor in composition and electronic music at the Eastman School of Music, while completing my doctorate. Additionally, I taught ear training courses as a graduate student at the University of Iowa.
My passion has always been for music, and I started at an early age - I took some piano lessons as a child and formally studied percussion from grade school through college. After college, I specialized in composition in graduate school, earning both the master's and doctorate. I have composed music for solo instruments, various small and large ensembles, and for electronic media (including films).
My Ph.D. in composition (music) from the Eastman School of Music required two minor specialties - these were music theory and music history. I am familiar with music theory and music history from all historical periods and can offer tutoring in those areas in addition to composition (music).
I have a Ph.D. in Music (Eastman School of Music), a M.A. in Music (University of Iowa) and a B.A. in Music (University of Minnesota).
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