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Adam S.

Chicago, IL

$40/hour

Classical and rock guitar teacher, music theory expert.

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/16/15
5.0 average from 7 ratings
Very smart, very friendly
— ANDREW, Chicago, IL on 12/2/16

$40/Hour


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SUNY Fredonia
Music Composition
SUNY Fredonia
Master's
University of Oregon
PhD

Education

SUNY Fredonia (Music Composition)

SUNY Fredonia (Master's)

University of Oregon (PhD)

About Adam

I have several years of teaching and performing experience and earned an M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from SUNY Fredonia, where I also hold a Bachelor's of Music in Composition, with a focus on performance. I have recently completed (June 2016) a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Oregon, and am now located in Chicago, IL.

My years as a teacher of not only guitar, but also music theory at the undergraduate level have allowed me to approach any musical material from many different angles, allowing me to find the perfect approach for you in order to maximize your lesson time. My lessons will focus on fundamentals such as scales and etudes, as well as repertoire. Lessons will be focused upon student interest, in order to find rep that the student finds interesting and enjoyable. I also focus on building sight-reading, and analytic skills that will help you to get the most out of your learning.

Because of my experience teaching guitar privately, as well as at a University as a graduate assistant, I have worked with every level of guitar student and have developed several approaches to teaching everything from fundamentals, all the way up to the fine tuning of technique.

I also have several years experience teaching both written music theory and ear training. As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon I taught undergraduate Freshman and Sophomores essential analysis and sight singing skills in order to help them become more well-rounded and knowledgeable musicians.

As a composer I have written works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voice and piano, and chorus. I can help you to develop your skills as a composer by teaching you about form, harmony, voice-leading, and other compositional considerations to help your music be the best it can be.

If you are a beginner of any age, or are preparing for college auditions, I encourage you to contact me with any questions that you may have and to find a lesson time that works for you. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.
I have several years of teaching and performing experience and earned an M.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from SUNY Fredonia, where I also hold a Bachelor's of Music in Composition, with a focus on performance. I have recently completed (June 2016) a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Oregon, and am now located in Chicago, IL.
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60640
Background Check: Passed

"Very smart, very friendly"

- ANDREW, Chicago, IL on 12/2/16

"Knowledgeable and clear teacher"

- Skip, Ridge, NY on 1/14/17

"Very knowledgeable, nice and patient"

- Mike, Chicago, IL on 12/3/16

"Knowledgeable and organized tutor."

- Anita, Park Ridge, IL on 10/17/16

"Very Knowledgeable Tutor!"

- Evan, Chicago, IL on 9/20/16

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Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

Studying composition at both the undergraduate and graduate level, earning a bachelors and masters degree in the subject, I have several years experience writing and orchestrating music.

As an student I have written for ensembles both small and large. My having studied composition works hand-in-hand with my experience as a music theorist and allows me to teach students how to write music of any style, from many different perspectives.

Ear Training

I have transcribed many songs by ear for the purposes of analyzing and orchestrating. As a music student at the university level I have also been required to display my ability to transcribe music in a test situation. I have also taught aural skills to undergraduates as a graduate assistant.

General Music

I have taught music theory, sight singing and aural skills to undergraduates for the past 4 years. Some of those music theory courses were for beginning music majors who were unfamiliar with the fundamentals of music. As such I am experienced in teaching music reading, harmony, and counterpoint from the ground up. I am also currently working toward completing my PhD in music theory and can answer most any question relating to the greater topic of general music.

Guitar

I have been playing guitar for approximately twenty years. As a rock guitarist I have experience playing in bands, and performing my own material. As a classical guitarist I have performed in recitals both by myself, as well as with other guitarists and singers. I have also taught guitar privately, and as a graduate assistant at the college level.

Music Theory

I earned a master's degree in music theory/composition and in June of 2016 I completed work on a PhD in music theory at the University of Oregon. I have taught for several years to undergraduate music majors at the freshman and sophomore levels, as well as advanced analysis courses to juniors and seniors. Additionally I have served on the faculty at SUNY Fredonia as an instructor where I taught beginning and intermediate music theory to music majors.

These years of experience have helped me to approach the subject of music theory from a number of different angles, and can help you with any topic you need.

Sight Singing

As a music student studying at the PhD level I have not only taken several years of aural skills classes which require a significant amount of sight singing, but I have also taught classes on the subject as well.

These skills also play a large part in writing music, and performing on the guitar, two subjects I have also studied in detail at the college level. Being able to sing a part at sight is an important part of the college music curriculum, and something I have been tested on, and passed, several times with everything from simple tunes, to atonal fragments.

SUNY Fredonia
Music Composition
SUNY Fredonia
Master's
University of Oregon
PhD

Education

SUNY Fredonia (Music Composition)

SUNY Fredonia (Master's)

University of Oregon (PhD)

Very smart, very friendly

I've only had one lesson with Adam, but I will definitely be scheduling more. Adam's credentials say enough about his experience and expertise, so to anyone reading this, he is beyond qualified. Admittedly, it was a little intimidating to think that a guy with his PhD in Music Theory was going to come over and listen to me play guitar, but I got over that pretty quickly. Adam is extremely frien

— ANDREW, Chicago, IL on 12/2/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Adam will travel within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.