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Brian N.

Professional Music Theory, Composition, General Computer Skills Tutor

Professional Music Theory, Composition, General Computer Skills Tutor

$50/hour

  • 3 hours tutoring

  • Lawrence, KS 66044

About Brian


Bio

I am a professionally trained and active composer and church musician, tutor music theory at all levels--including the graduate level. I have also taught this subject in a university setting to both undergraduates and graduate students. I also teach music composition privately via a two-pronged method, focusing on counterpoint study and coaching the student on his or her original works. I have a very wide variety of musical experience as a composer, conductor and speaker.

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I am a professionally trained and active composer and church musician, tutor music theory at all levels--including the graduate level. I have also taught this subject in a university setting to both undergraduates and graduate students. I also teach music composition privately via a two-pronged method, focusing on counterpoint study and coaching the student on his or her original works. I have a very wide variety of musical experience as a composer, conductor and speaker.

I have a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Kansas. My Baccalaureate and Masters degree are from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, respectively. My music is published by ILP Music and Alliance Publications and has been recorded on two professional CDs: Vocalise - Instrumental and Vocal Music of Brian J. Nelson (Nelson Music – 2010) and Responsorial Psalms for Advent and Christmas (Nelson Music – 2009).

I also have extensive writing and computer skills, developed and honed through years of education and professional experience. I am equally capable in tutoring these subjects.

My teaching approach is often described as encouraging and friendly, but also thorough and detail-oriented. My verbal and interpersonal skills are excellent and well-suited to the one-on-one tutoring setting. I am genuinely interested in my students. I understand that their success is my success. I am thus highly-motivated to assist my students in achieving their goals and will put forth only my very best efforts on their behalf.

I invite you to put my training and experience to work for you as you advance toward your educational and professional goals. You will not be disappointed in the results!


Education

University of Michigan
Music Composition
University of Wisconsin
Masters
University of Kansas
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Lawrence, KS 66044
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/2/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

As noted in the free response section of my profile, I have a D.M.A. (Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Kansas and have taught Music Theory and Counterpoint in a classroom setting to both graduate students and undergrads. I have taught a number of students over the years in a private lesson setting. Currently I am teaching a former graduate student colleague--now a professor at a state university in Colorado--in this subject. We meet every two weeks by Skyper. I am also very passionate about this field, as I view it as my vocation in life. My professional portfolio and resume are available upon request.

Business

Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

Macintosh,

Macintosh

My qualifications in this area come from approximately twenty years of Mac use on both the personal and professional level. This has been across a wide variety of software programs including MS Office, Finale, Sibelius, Logic, Quicken/Quickbooks, Dream Weaver and many others. In light of my teaching skills in general,--especially my verbal skills and sense of empathy for those struggling with any subject--I am confident I can impart this knowledge and experience with the Mac OS effectively in the tutoring setting.
General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Vocabulary

English

Proofreading, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Music History

Music History

I have a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Kansas. Taken together with my undergraduate and Masters degrees, this course of education involved extensive training and evaluation in Music History, both in the classroom setting and in oral and written comprehensive examinations. Should an area of Music History arise with which I am not intimately familiar, I have developed the research skills to quickly familiarize myself with the subject, integrate it into the larger spectrum of my knowledge, and convey it effectively to students in the tutoring setting.

Homeschool

Writing

Most Popular

Writing

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

As noted in the free response section of my profile, I have a D.M.A. (Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Kansas and have taught Music Theory and Counterpoint in a classroom setting to both graduate students and undergrads. I have taught a number of students over the years in a private lesson setting. Currently I am teaching a former graduate student colleague--now a professor at a state university in Colorado--in this subject. We meet every two weeks by Skyper. I am also very passionate about this field, as I view it as my vocation in life. My professional portfolio and resume are available upon request.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

I am an active professional composer and skilled singer, and choral conductor, all of which involve an innate ability in this area, the constant honing of this ability and the the ability to convey this skill to others. I have taught ear-training to graduate students in a graduate theory review course at the University of Kansas. I also rehearse and conduct three choirs each week in my job as a church musician. A significant portion of this work involves the teaching and clarifying of ear-training skills and concepts.
Music History,

Music History

I have a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Kansas. Taken together with my undergraduate and Masters degrees, this course of education involved extensive training and evaluation in Music History, both in the classroom setting and in oral and written comprehensive examinations. Should an area of Music History arise with which I am not intimately familiar, I have developed the research skills to quickly familiarize myself with the subject, integrate it into the larger spectrum of my knowledge, and convey it effectively to students in the tutoring setting.
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

I have taught sight-singing--in the broader context of ear-training--to graduate students in a music theory review course at the University of Kansas. I am an active professional composer and skilled singer, and choral conductor, all of which involve an innate ability in this area, the constant honing of this ability and the the ability to convey this skill to others.
Music Theory

Summer

Writing

$50/hour

Brian N.

$50/hour

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