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Richard D.

Pittsfield, MA

$45/hour

String and brass instruments, theory, composition

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$45/Hour


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Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Master's

Education

Westfield State College, Westfield, MA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (Master's)

About Richard

I've been a professional musician my whole life, and have been teaching for most of that time. I perform on electric and upright bass, guitar, mandolin, cornet, valve trombone, and tuba. I've been all around the world playing music, recorded, and taught both privately and in public schools. I specialize in jazz and American roots music, but I can work with rockers or just about anybody else. I can tell you what you want to know. Give it a shot! I've been a professional musician my whole life, and have been teaching for most of that time. I perform on electric and upright bass, guitar, mandolin, cornet, valve trombone, and tuba. I've been all around the world playing music, recorded, and taught both privately and in public schools. I specialize in jazz and American roots music, but I can Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Pittsfield, MA 01201
In-person lessons
History:
Music History

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Composition (Music)

I have completed several college-level courses in music theory and composition at Westfield State College, Westfield, MA. In 1999 and 2000 I wrote the score for a film called "The Other Great Locomotive Chase". I have written numerous commissioned pieces for arts councils in Massachusetts and Connecticut. I have written tonal, atonal, and jazz compositions.

Drums

The drums were the first instrument I played, and I took several years of lessons on them, as well as percussion classes at Westfield State College. I can teach rock and jazz drums, and concert band percussion including mallet keyboards.I have done so with many students both privately and as a school band director.

Ear Training

I have perfect pitch, and tested out of the ear training program at Westfield State College. I have several years' experience giving ear training lessons to public school students.

General Music

As a student teacher, I taught elementary general music for several months in the public schools of Westfield, MA. I led students in singing and rhythm exercises, gave lessons in both European and American music history, and led students through simple music-theater pieces.

Guitar

I have performed and taught guitar for twenty years. Though self-taught as a technician, I read guitar music fluently and know the fretboard thoroughly. My specialties are blues, jazz, rock, fingerstyle, and alternate tunings. I have taught many guitar students both privately and as a school band director.

Music History

I tested out of the music history requirement at Westfield State College. In addition to European music history, I am thoroughly schooled in the details of American music history, including jazz, blues, rock, country, and classical idioms.

Sight Singing

I tested out of the sight singing courses at Westfield State College. I have perfect pitch and read music fluently, and am familiar with the standard texts and literature used in sight-singing classes.

Trombone

I perform on the valve and slide trombone; I took basic classes in all brass instruments at Westfield State College, and have taught trombonists as a band director.

Trumpet

I have performed on, and taught, the trumpet for fifteen years. It is currently my principal instrument as a professional (I actually use a cornet or flugelhorn most of the time). I took two semesters of trumpet lessons at Westfield State College.I have taught many trumpet students both privately as and as a school band director.I play with the Riverboat Jazz Band out of Albany, NY.

Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Master's

Education

Westfield State College, Westfield, MA

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 40 miles of Pittsfield, MA 01201.