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Robert O.

Young Composer Looking for Potential Students

Philadelphia, PA (19125)

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Hello,

My name is Robert O. I am a 25 year old composer and life long lover of music. Just A little background on myself: I began playing trumpet in 3rd grade, and guitar in 7th grade. I always liked playing, and through high school, I joined all of the groups I could: marching and concert band, orchestra, jazz band, jazz combo, and pit for the school musicals. However I did not consider making music my career until 9th grade, when I learned that my school offered Music Theory. I took Music Theory I in 10th grade and immediately decided that I wanted to be a composer. The next two years, I became obsessed with composition. I took Music Theory II and AP Music Theory, and spent about all of my free time composing. In my senior year, I wrote a composition for the orchestra to play at graduation.

After graduation, I studied Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where I tested out of 3 semesters of Music Theory and Aural Activities (ear training and sight singing), completed 6 semesters of private composition lessons, and wrote pieces for many ensembles, including String Orchestra, Piano Trio, Wind Ensemble, String Quartet, and others. I also took all of the courses necessary for a Minor in Music History, but did not apply for the minor, so it isn't officially on my degree. I graduated in May 2010 with a GPA of 3.49.

In my last year at West Chester I began learning audio production on my own, and since graduation I've started a small recording studio and music production company where I've been producing local acts.

Because I've only been out of school for 2 years now and I've been somewhat consumed by my business, I haven't been able yet to gain formal experience in teaching. However, throughout my life as a musician, my talent, dedication, and maybe most importantly my love of music, have naturally made me a good teacher. Since early on, I've been the go-to for many of my friends and classmates who have needed help, tutoring, or just answers to some questions about music. I have an ability to explain musical concepts using analogies, and because of my knowledge of Music History, I can always find real world examples from the literature.

To sum it all up, I have an extensive knowledge and training in music, in the areas of Composition, Theory, History, and more recently Recording and Production, and I (and those I've worked with) strongly believe that I would make a great teacher. So that said, I'm really looking forward to meeting some potential students.

Thank You,
Robert O.

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Robert’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Computer:
Java
History:
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra
Corporate Training:
Java

Composition (Music)

Learn to compose in your own way, at your own pace, from a classically trained composer.

I graduated in May 2010 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as a bachelor of music in composition. Throughout my time as a musician, I've been tutoring and helping friends and classmates.

My composition students would learn all of the theory and history from me that is relevant to their work. I have extensive knowledge in these subjects as well as in composition. This is the technical part of the lesson, but the other part--the conceptual part--is how students learn to follow their own creative instincts.

My goal as a conceptual teacher is not to tell the student what to write, but to identify the student's ambition in each particular work, and to help him/her realize his/her own intentions.

The balance of technical teaching and conceptual guidance will depend on the student's age, prior knowledge, and goals.

General Music

I'm a lifelong musician. In addition to having a BM in composition, I play multiple instruments, and I have experience doing recording and digital production. Right now, I'm a producer/composer in Philadelphia's underground music scene.

Music History

Learn about music history from a classically trained composer.

I graduated in May 2010 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as a bachelor of music in composition. I also completed the courses necessary for a minor in music history. Throughout my time as a musician, I've been tutoring and helping friends and classmates.

I always say that the courses I took in music history were really what sparked my creativity as a composer. The more history you know, the more styles you are familiar with, and the more techniques you have at your disposal. This is not just true for composers. Understanding history is a necessary part of being a musician.

Most of my training is in classical music history. Music history is an area where it is best to use a textbook. I use Music in Western Civilization by Craig Wright and Brian Simms. This would of course be supplemented by knowledge I've acquired from other sources, and musical examples that I would recommend.

Music Theory

Learn Music Theory from a classically trained composer.

I graduated in May 2010 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as a bachelor of music in composition. Throughout my time as a musician, I've been tutoring and helping friends and classmates.

I started gaining proficiency in music theory in 10th grade when I started taking Music Theory I. When I went to West Chester University in 2005, I tested out of 3 of 4 semesters of both Music Theory and Aural Activities (includes ear training and sight singing). However, I was only allowed to skip the first semester, on the basis that the "credit by exam" was designed for transfer students.

I intend to teach my students in the same way I learned. We would begin with simple intervals, first perfect intervals, then major and minor, and then move on to combining intervals into melodies. We would then move on to identifying chords. First the primary triads- I, IV, and V. Then adding secondary triads- II, VI, III, and VII. We would then add chords with secondary functions, such as V/V, and eventually move on to key changes, and even atonality. Initially, all exercises will be done through 4 part vocal writing.

It's worth pointing out that music theory is closely connected to both ear training and sight singing. A student who wants to learn music theory will inevitably learn a lot of ear training and sight singing skills. The emphasis for a theory student, though, would be on writing and analysis.

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Education

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (Music Composition)

Loves Music Theory & Explains it Well to Those New to it Robert introduced my son to music theory this summer. He is now starting classes in High School. My son feels extremely comfortable with the material as a result of Robert's tutoring. That kind of confidence in a new environment is priceless. Thank you Robert! ...

— Jennine from Cherry Hill, NJ on 9/11/13);

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