Henderson State University (Music Composition)
Hello! My name is McKinley H., and music has been at the core of my life experience for my entire life. I could not read music and was primarily an autodidact for the majority of my youth, spending hours practicing guitar and piano, listening to and playing/singing along with albums, synthesizing and combining musical ideas, recording aforementioned ideas on mp3 players, and generally training my ear in different ways. Many different genres have found their ways into the realm of music I find enjoyable, I was raised on classical, Gospel, and R&B; When I was young, I enjoyed Rap/Hip-hop and Hard Rock. As I've gotten older, Hard Rock has transformed into Metal, and on to Progressive Metal. Well-written classical music always catches my ear, especially from the 20th century and beyond. Country and Bluegrass have their place in my mind, as well. In 2010, I entered college and began my formal music education, by graduation in 2014, I had composed and orchestrated (with full notation) over 50 works.
During college, I did some tutoring in music theory and led a fair number of musical ensembles, but the bulk of my teaching experience has come from teaching at Guitar Center. Through interacting with a breadth of unique personalities, one learns to be creative when facing challenges that seem familiar but can not be solved by "normal" means. I love being able to come up with methods of presentation that render a concept completely transparent and fully comprehensible for my students. In order to do that, I learn how my students learn most effectively (visual, audio, kinesthetic, or a combination), which I determine by a directed process of questioning during lessons. From there, teaching application, building enthusiasm, encouraging thorough practice, and being a friend are my goals. Whatever musical goals you might have, you can reach them, and I can help you.
I have trained my ears to be very precise in deciphering pitch and rhythm. When teaching, this gives me the ability to consistently allow people to view their mistakes from an objective standpoint without having to attach their sense of self-worth to those mistakes. (e.g., I can tell a student specifically which note they played instead of the correct one, without framing theirs as an "incorrect"
Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile! Feel free to message me any questions you might have. I enjoy tailoring the lesson to the student, so feel to be specific if there is something a little out of the ordinary you would like to accomplish. Hello! My name is McKinley H., and music has been at the core of my life experience for my entire life. I could not read music and was primarily an autodidact for the majority of my youth, spending hours practicing guitar and … Read more
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