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Ric F.

Tutor of all subjects relating to Music Composition & Production

Arlington, TX (76010)

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Ric is an award-winning composer who teaches & tutors worldwide. He teaches all subjects relating to music composition including theory-arranging-songwriting-music technology/production.
Ric has taught at colleges, universities, conservatories, workshops and private lessons. He is also certified to teach Schillinger studies (theory) and was recently selected to the Board of Directors jazz chair for the College Music Society southwestern chapter.
Ric is currently teaching at a college in Texas. He is also a member of the Texas Jazz Educators and Jazz Educators Network.
Ric is the author of books and articles which have been endorsed by musicians from American Idol and The Voice. He frequently contributes articles to various online publications.
He is completing an MM in composition and has studied privately with many well known composer-arrangers.
Ric teaches at his studio and also online. He has students of all ages and at all stages-beginners to advanced.

ONLINE LESSONS: I have had great success with online teaching which is mostly done via Skype and screen share options. I have been teaching online for over 2 years.
I am also approved by the college I teach at for online teaching.

Comment from student:

"Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering placement test over theory today and I knew EVERYTHING on it! I am so thankful for all that you did to help me get where I am! You are such an amazing teacher and I hope to work with you again in the near future. Thank you so much." (D.T.-Berklee College of Music).

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Ric’s subjects

Composition (Music)

Music composition includes arranging-orchestration-songwriting-theory and music technology and film scoring.

I teach both traditional and contemporary music styles and have taught at Southwestern Seminary, Biola University and other universities as well as having been the featured workshop instructor for many other organizations.

I have written hundreds of pieces of music that have won awards and have been on radio and television worldwide.

I was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the College Music Society: South-Central Chapter.

Ear Training

I have taught ear-training as part of my theory teaching (university and other).

I recently tutored two semesters of theory and ear-training for a Berklee student as well as college students I teach.

I well know intervals, chords (chord tones, etc.).

I have also done hundreds of takedowns.

General Music

I play multiple instruments as well as conduct (instrumental & choral).

I have written hundreds of pieces of music in most all styles and instrumentations, as well as vocal and choral.

I know theory very well.


I have studied general guitar, jazz guitar, classical guitar, and flamenco.

I have instrumental albums that have been featured on radio and television worldwide and have done hundreds of recording sessions in a wide variety of styles.

I read notation very well (all clefs), improvise well and play in most all styles.

I know music theory very well (and teach it).

I have also recently released a book for guitarists who play in ensembles, especially church worship bands which has been endorsed by guitarists from "American Idol" and "The Voice".

Music History

I know music history very well - from Western civilization Gregorian Chant to present. Both traditional and popular music.

I have recently completed studies in music history for my master's degree requirements and assisted other professors in teaching.

Music Production

I have worked on hundreds of recordings that have received radio airplay (commercial and digital) and have charted in radio and have been featured in Billboard Magazine.

My television and commercial soundtracks are active on major networks and programmed worldwide.

I have produced projects in LA, Nashville and other locations. Have won awards for television soundtracks.

I own my own recording studio.

Music Theory

Theory is essential for success in music, whether as a writing or performing musician.

To performers I say that your hands will work about as well as what your hands know. For composer-arranger-orchestrators, it is an absolute must.

I am very proud of the fact that I have been able to take many theory-phobic musicians and make them excited about it. It is not the subject itself that scares students, it is how it is presented. I present it very well.

I studied theory under several well-known teachers from USC/UCLA/Yale and others.
I also studied the Schillinger System under John Shafer Smith, who was a student of Joseph Schillinger.

I have tutored theory for a number of colleges and universities (Berklee, Liberty), as well as taught theory along with composition at Southwestern Seminary and Biola University.

I teach both traditional & contemporary theory.

I have also studied Theory Pedagogy at Southwestern Seminary.

I was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the College Music Society: South-Central Chapter.


I have taught piano at conservatories and as part of my college theory and composition teaching. I can play classical piano as well as popular (improvisational based) piano.
I have played live and on recording projects in Los Angeles and other.

Sight Singing

I can sight sing well. I have taught theory subjects and ear training in relation to it, and I also have an extensive background in choral directing.


My songs have been published in audio and print by many artists, publishers and have charted in commercial and digital radio.

They have also been used in television shows and commercials worldwide and have been featured in Billboard Magazine (charting).

They have been recorded in LA, Nashville and other countries.

I was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the College Music Society: South-Central Chapter (Jazz Director).

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Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth (Composition)

Southwestern Seminary, Ft. Worth (Graduate Coursework)

Private study with many well-known composers (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Online rates have "options" on rate and policy. 1/2 hour lessons also available ($30).

Travel policy

Ric will travel within 40 miles of Arlington, TX 76010.

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