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University of California, Berkeley (Master's)
If you need help with music --- let's go! I have been a professional composer and teacher of music for several decades now. I attended Yale University (B.A.), then the University of California, Berkeley (M.A.). I am a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; I also teach theory privately and in group lessons at the Golden Gate Philharmonic, a youth orchestra in San Francisco. Their director has written this about me: "We are fortunate indeed to have a musician with his outstanding training and varied experience. He is patient and thorough in his teaching."
I love all music and am curious about it all, from the most ancient to the most modern. In addition to traditional music styles I have worked a great deal with electronic music tools and techniques (as my web site will show). My own family is made up of musicians (wife a composer, son a cellist). If you need help with music --- let's go! I have been a professional composer and teacher of music for several decades now. I attended Yale University (B.A.), then the University of California, Berkeley (M.A.). I am a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; I also teach
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I have composed music for dance, voice, large and small ensembles, and electronic media. I value and respect the creative impulse in whatever form it appears, and seek to understand and encourage the efforts of my students. I am also a life-long student of music myself: I have spent long hours studying the work of other composers, and have found this to be one of the best ways to develop my own skills and understanding. Please join me in this work.
Ear training is a skill basic not only to performance of any sort, but to listening to and understanding music. It is a necessary basis for music theory. I have a wide variety of techniques, games, and exercises you can do yourself, to sharpen your listening skills. I bring years of experience in choral singing and conducting, composition, and teaching to our work.
I have taught subjects in a wide variety of subjects in music history, ranging from medieval and renaissance forms to 20th Century innovations and electronic music. I have a special interest in the concert song literature. I place some emphasis on providing insights into the design of music, beyond the usual names and dates and general overview of styles. Tell me where you need to do some work, and we'll work together on it.
While a student at Yale University I had the honor of studying under Richard Crocker, Beekman Cannon, and Janet Knapp, all widely respected musicologists. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music I have taught a wide variety of courses in music history:
"Twentieth Century Music"
"The Music of Stravinsky",
"Berg and Stravinsky",
"Architectonics" (a unique course including music from Gregorian chant to Conlon Nancarrow's music for player piano),
In addition to these I have taught numerous courses in which music of all eras are analyzed. I am the author of a forthcoming paper on music of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
I am available to teach all topics falling under this heading, including harmony, counterpoint, and analysis. As a composer I can deal with both very recent music as well as the most ancient.
Songwriting requires the same set of skills as symphony writing, except that different instruments are involved. Organizing the notes up and down, left to right, not only "correctly" (there are many versions of "correct"!) but beautifully, is the goal toward which we work. And you need some words --- your own or another's, but they have to work with your melody. I have composed more songs than I can count. I would be happy to share my experience and work on your song with you.