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Berklee College of Music
Professional Music

Education

Berklee College of Music (Professional Music)

About John

I have thirty years experience as a musician, in multiple genres; and ten years private teaching experience. I am a music tutor, specializing in songwriting; composition; music theory; and ear training. I also teach bass guitar, all styles and levels; and beginning to intermediate guitar. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music, and many years of private studies with NEC adjunct faculty member Charlie Banacos. I have thirty years experience as a musician, in multiple genres; and ten years private teaching experience. I am a music tutor, specializing in songwriting; composition; music theory; and ear training. I also teach bass guitar, all styles and levels; and beginning to intermediate guitar. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree in Professional Music Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

$25/hr for travel.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Haverhill, MA 01835
In-person lessons
History:
Music History

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Composition (Music)

For my Berklee College of Music Professional Music graduation portfolio, I submitted a 180 page book of jazz solos (and some original compositions) I composed during my studies with the late New England Conservatory adjunct faculty member Charlie Banacos. While at Berklee I also studied Composition I and II, Atonal Composition, and Counterpoint I & II. For Counterpoint II last summer, when I returned to the Berklee College of Music to complete my Bachelor's degree, I wrote a Two Part Invention in the style of Bach's eighth Two part invention, for which I received a grade of A.

Ear Training

Ear training is my specialty. With my private teacher, the late NEC adjunct faculty member Charlie Banacos, I was able to reach his highest level of ear training in being able to identify eleven simultaneous unique notes. To supplement this I use the inPitch program for developing absolute pitch, as well as tonal and atonal sight singing exercises. As I only had a raw ear when I started studying music as a teen, I believe anyone can develop a good ear with consistent daily practice. A knowledge of theory and harmony best accompany this, to complete the understanding of what one is hearing.

General Music

I have a recently completed a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music degree (class of 2010), although I originally attended the Berklee College of Music in the seventies. I also have 6-7 years of private jazz improvisation studies on bass guitar, with the late New England Conservatory adjunct faculty member Charlie Banacos; private studies on guitar, flute, violin, and Irish fiddle; and many years playing and privately teaching music.

Guitar

Before attending Berklee I studies jazz guitar and bass with English jazz guitarist Peter Budd at Lyon and Healy in Chicago. Being a bass guitarist at a professional level often involves following what a guitarist is playing. Having a knowledge of the guitar, as well as a developed ear, and solid theoretical knowledge, helped me to accomplish this task. While I only consider myself a teacher of beginning and intermediate guitar students, I can teach a guitarist the notes of any solo, as well as the bends, using the 'Transcribe!' program. Learning all four voice 7th chords in all inversions and all keys, as well as learning standard bar and open chords, establishes a good foundation as a guitarist. It is up to the student to practice until it becomes second nature.

Music History

I have a great interest in Music History, which involves listening as well as reading. I completed History of Western Music II, with an A average, when I returned to Berklee in the summer of 2009 to complete my Bachelor of Music in Professional Music.

Music Theory

-Berklee College of Music, Bachelor of Music in Professional Music 2010 (originally attended from '72 to '76
-Private jazz improv studies with Charlie Banacos, 2004 to 2009 (and a few years prior to that)
-private tutoring experience

Sight Singing

I completed four semesters of Sight Singing at the Berklee College of Music. I teach from standard texts, with the gradual introduction of accidentals. When one masters this, the atonal sight singing text Modus Novus is the next step.

Songwriting

Songwriting has a number of components with which I can help you. Besides the literary aspect, one gains better expression and originality through and understanding of the rules of melody and harmony (i.e. what chords are possible with a given melody note). Finally, one must be able to write out, i.e. notate, one's song.

Berklee College of Music
Professional Music

Education

Berklee College of Music (Professional Music)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

$25/hr for travel.

Travel policy

John will travel within 40 miles of Haverhill, MA 01835.