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Richard D.

String and brass instruments, theory, composition

String and brass instruments, theory, composition

$45/hour

  • Pittsfield, MA 01201

About Richard


Bio

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 work with rockers or just about anybody else. I can tell you what you want to know. Give it a shot!


Education

Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
undergrad
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $45
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Pittsfield, MA 01201
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

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.

History

Music History

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.

Music

Composition (Music),

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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.
Music Theory

$45/hour

Richard D.

$45/hour

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