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Jessica S.

Chicago, IL

$40/hour

Guitar, Music Theory, and Music Composition Teacher

$40/Hour


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New York University
Music Composition
New England Conservatory
Master's

Education

New York University (Music Composition)

New England Conservatory (Master's)

About Jessica

I am a composer based in Chicago with a strong passion for music theory and composition. My approach is to inspire excitement around learning the mechanics of music, securing a strong understanding of Western theoretical principles with an eye toward innovation and creativity. Based on your musical interests, we can investigate musical ideas spanning from early music polyphony to 20th Century innovations to the latest pop or rap song.

I wrote my first piece when I was 16 after learning the building blocks of music theory, and have since attained two degrees in music - a Bachelors of Music Theory and Composition from New York University and a Masters of Music Composition from New England Conservatory. I have studied a wide blend of compositional styles with Justin Dello Joio, Kati Agocs, and Jessica Pavone. I have performed at Lincoln Center twice - with an Indonesian gamelan ensemble (Gamelan Galak Tika) and as part of a 400 person guitar orchestra (Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail). I have also scored numerous films and theater projects.


Have you ever wondered how a piece of music can start in one key and move to another? Or maybe, what exactly are keys and how are they applied in music? Do you have a pop song in mind with a particular chord change that makes you want to get up and dance? Or a rap verse that has a challenging rhythm that you want to parse apart? Or maybe you want to know how to apply Neapolitan second chords or augmented sixth chords? Lets get into it!
I am a composer based in Chicago with a strong passion for music theory and composition. My approach is to inspire excitement around learning the mechanics of music, securing a strong understanding of Western theoretical principles with an eye toward innovation and creativity. Based on your Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60657
Music:
Composition (Music),
Guitar,
Music Theory

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Composition (Music)

I have two degrees in Music Composition - a BMus from New York University and a MMus from New England Conservatory. I am a freelance composer, scoring films and theater projects.

Guitar

I have been studying guitar for 16 years, including classical technique and jazz. I use Segovia scales and chromatic exercises to increase dexterity and familiarity with the fret board.

New York University
Music Composition
New England Conservatory
Master's

Education

New York University (Music Composition)

New England Conservatory (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jessica will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60657.