Robert W.

Charlotte, NC


Masters Degree in Music Composition, Undergraduate in Guitar

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wisconsin conservatory of music
Classical Guitar Per
University of Redlands
Reasons to Believe
Graduate Coursework


wisconsin conservatory of music (Classical Guitar Per)

University of Redlands (Master's)

Reasons to Believe (Graduate Coursework)

About Robert

I am currently tutoring a professor Emeritus from San Francisco State in Piano. This relationship has continued for four months. I teach him long distance by cell phone so my words need to be chosen carefully and to the point. He is learning and enjoys the tutoring. It is detailed and comprehensive. Teaching Songwriting was fun for me and the students. Large doses of Music Theory were taught and are being taught now with my piano student. I have taught private guitar lessons as well as group guitar lessons sprinkled with music theory. My back ground in Music History is thorough and I'm always learning with my students. Liking the one on one tutoring is something I enjoy because there are very little distractions and any type of question can be asked. My plan is to work slowly but thoroughly, leaving silences to see if the student grasps the concept and leaving him or her to ask questions. This is something I've been tutoring - teaching, for many years. My main instrument is Classical Guitar and other styles of Guitar, but as mentioned, I'm currently teaching Piano and Music Theory. When tutoring, I leave some time for Music History to help put the concepts taught into some kind of Historical Framework. I keep this at a level that's not burdensome to the student. It's easy to get lost in the maze of Music History (sidetracked), but I like to add these things which I believe also help the student to put things in perspective.

I have a Masters Degree in Music Composition, Undergraduate in Guitar. I've taught Guitar for many years, Music Theory, and Music History. Something new and exciting usually happens every session and questions by the student and the direction of the tutoring are helpfully aided by the student. If one wants to go deeper into Music Composition and Songwriting, then a thorough knowledge of Music Theory is necessary. Also, with Music History and Appreciation, Theory helps to Clarify different styles and how to recognize them.

When I learned Music Theory, I had an excellent teacher. But he usually did not break things down. You were required to grasp the concepts as taught. My gift, is to present musical concepts and Music History in such a way that the student can grasp these because I break them down to a level that is not too difficult to understand, and building on concepts to concepts it is easier to see the big picture in a shorter time frame if the information and tutoring are specific yet broken down into understandable elements. Music terminology can be very difficult to grasp. Always, I tell my students this. Do not try and get the full picture of these subjects until you have learned them in a step by step procedure. They build on one another and a certain amount or order is necessary. But you can find many tangential points to talk about that will help clarify these ideas to the student.

Please feel free to give me a call and we can discuss the direction or directions you want or need to head in. I'm a composer as well which is helpful for understanding the reasons and purposes for understanding the necessary things of music. We can discuss and set up a program that meets your needs and schedule a time that is suitable for you and your parents. Remember, like it or not, your parents are also part of this learning process. They can help inspire you so you can get the necessarily discipline to study. If they seem to be too overwhelming, I can always talk with them and set some goals for discipline that are not smothering. Call when you like.
I am currently tutoring a professor Emeritus from San Francisco State in Piano. This relationship has continued for four months. I teach him long distance by cell phone so my words need to be chosen carefully and to the point. He is learning and enjoys the tutoring. It is detailed and comprehensive. Teaching Songwriting was fun for me and the Read more

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I studied Anthropology for two years at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I studied two semesters of Cultural Anthropology, and two semesters of Physical Anthropology. My studies at Reasons to Believe included a course on Evolution vs. Creation which continued and clarified some of the concepts I learned at UWM. I received an A in Cultural Anthropology 101, an A in Physical Anthropology 102, and Physical Anthropology 202. I received a B in Cultural Anthropology 201. In Physical Anthropology 202, we used a book by Theodusius Dobzansky on Genetics. We studied Mendelian Genetics in Physical Anthropology 101. We learned the concept of Harvey Weinberg's Theory of Equilibrium which was a Random Sampling technique for evaluating Gene Pools and their content. We had some Paleontology in Physical Anthropology 202, We were told by the Professors and TA that Evolution was a fact, not a theory. We studied Ethnographies in 101. They were in a book of these collections by Edmund R. Service. We read two other books, one called, The Concept of Culture, by Leslie A. White. His approach was materialistic and said a culture was equal to the harnessing of energy per capita. The other book was written by a possible moron, Marston Bates. At the end he states he would be more comfortable in the stomach of a friend than just about anywhere else after he dies. The book was meant to be humorous and at times was, but basically stupid in his "funny" endorsement of Cannibalism. It was his sense of humor but a tinge or reality stuck to the final theme.

I have records of all my grades for these classes. I also have undergraduate transcripts and graduate School transcripts. I have 180 p. of papers I wrote for the courses, Critical Thinking Skills, and Creation vs. Evolution. A problem probably not to be resolved in our life time. Excuse the editorializing.


I played in the Little League when I was eight. I played in the Major Little League from nine to twelve. As an outstanding pitcher, I pitched the next to the last game against the Blue Jays and we won the game. Our team was one game from winning the championship that year. Our next game was against the Cardinals. This was the final game of the season, and if we won, we (The Orioles), we would be the winners of both American and National Leagues. I was first up in this battle. I swung at one of the first three pitches and hit the ball over the left field fence, my first homerun ever. During that summer, our coach, Mr. Estes, wrote me a personalized letter on his vacation from the Jersey Shore. I didn't really realize the importance of the letter until many years later when I found it by accident. It was most excellent letters I ever received. I went on to play in the Pony League, but it was not well organized and my interest waned. Still played baseball during our summer breaks but I was slowly moving towards being a Pole Vaulter. I could coach a baseball team.


I was on the freshman basketball team in 9th grade (the last year of our Junior High, Millburn Jr. High). I learned the strategies of offensive and defensive play. We learned both zone defense and man to man defense. On offensive we usually used man to man. We were required to run wind sprints from one side of the gym to the other. It was excruciating but necessary. We were allowed ten seconds before our next sprint. I could say that we did about 30 each day of practice. Basketball has changed since then. We now have three point jump shots from the outside, and a slam dunk was not known at this time, even in the professional leagues.

I would be able to coach a freshman basketball team. Our coach was Mr. Babb. He was also my science teacher. I was 6' 1" and weighed 135 pounds. A girl who sat in front of me in home room said I had the skinniest legs she had ever seen.

Bible Studies

I have studied and know the Bible well, both New and Old Testaments. I have attended hundreds of sermons and Bible Studies as well as taking two courses with an Evangelistic think tank.

Composition (Music)

My interest in composition came after studying with Dr. Barney Childs at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music. There, I also studied Composition with Dr. Vincent McDermott and Mr. Green. I took my Masters in Music Composition at the University of Redlands where I received the Pi Kappa Lambda Award for outstanding scholarship and achievement. I also graduated with Honors. I have 10 semesters of Music Composition under by belt, two of which are Electronic. Some of my Compositions and Songs are posted on YouTube at Robert West Guitar. Sign into YouTube, put Robert West Guitar in their search engine. Some Videos will appear. Check the left hand side of the screen and see if Robert West Guitar shows up. Click it to see all the videos, then look upward to Play All, click it and the videos should be put in a consecutive black list. Listen to what you want. Some are duplicates that have musical scores for the musically literate. Enjoy them.


I started playing drums late in my 7th year of school, my first year of Junior High. I started with a snare drum, a bass drum, and foot-pedal for the bass drum. After a few birthdays and Christmases, I accumulated a ride cymbal, and a Slingerland tom tom and a high hat. The next piece of equipment I needed was a floor tom tom which I borrowed from my neighbor whenever our band (the Rogues) had a gig. I could have used a crash cymbal but never had one for my trap set. Our band lasted almost 4 years, playing parties, a special venue called the Riverboat (looked like a Riverboat), and at our high school talent show. The teaching I received was from my junior high band teacher. We worked with a rubber pad attached to a wooden base (called a drum pad). Here I learned different drum strokes for my snare and tom tom.

After moving to Wisconsin from NJ, I continued playing drums with a group. This continued through my first semester of my Junior year in high school. By this time, I had mastered the art of Rock Drumming with the exception of my bass drum foot pedal which I had been keeping at a constant steady beat. I needed more variation here. I learned this by watching and observing another drummer at our high school. Most rock drummers do not read music. After graduate school I learned how to notate music for drums and percussion instruments.

Ear Training

My ear training consisted of 5 semesters in undergraduate school. Not only did we need to sight sing, but we had to identify different intervals and triads that our teacher would play. Our teacher had a sheet of commonly known songs with the identification of the opening intervals. E.g., West Side Story, Maria. Maria opened with a tritone (aug.4th or diminished 5th). We often listened to phrases and had to notate them on music paper. The melodic phrases were played three times and were sometimes long. We needed the additional hearings of the phrase. We were sometimes asked to sing some heavily endowed chromatic phrases. This usually took much practice the day before.

General Music

I have a Bachelor's of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance. I have a Master's Degree in Music Composition. Passed the Praxis II 5113 test for music certification. I took four semesters of Music Theory. I took ten semesters of Music Composition, including Electronic Music and Advanced Electronic Music. I took four semesters of Music History, two undergraduate, two graduate. I taught Music History at Guitar Shop Limited in Milwaukee WI. Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Choral Groups, as substitute in Charlotte - Mecklenburg Public schools. I took two semesters of Orchestration: University of Redlands and UCLA. I taught Guitar in Milwaukee Public Schools.


I began playing Golf at the age of fifteen aided by my father's coaching. I played all through the summer months when on vacation from school, and developed my skills by playing sometimes thirty-six holes a day. I was the Junior Club Champion at Bluemound Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of seventeen. I won the last two matches to become the winner. The last match I defeated my opponent by two strokes to win the trophy. I know the game well and understand it's difficulties which take time and practice to overcome. I took lessons from Russ Tuveson, the manager of the Golf Club, and also from his assistant Jackie.


I have been playing guitar since my Junior Year in High School. We had a band called the Sorts that played at High School Dances. We played at Church Dances and private parties as well as Fraternity Parties. We recorded at the Gentleman's studio in Madison, Wisconsin. I was fortunate to play in a small Jazz trio for a year but a few months later enrolled at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music auditioning for the Classical
Guitarist James Yoghourtjian, a former student of Segovia. I was excepted and finished my first semester playing for a jury of my teacher and another faculty member. To receive my Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, I had to play for six Juries throughout my matriculation as well as playing two recitals: a Junior and Senior Recital. Receiving an A on both recitals was gratifying. The Dean of the College attended both recitals. I've played in Restaurants, Hotel Grand Openings, semi - formal concerts, Weddings, Private Parties. I have taught guitar in different styles along with Classical since 1968. My places of employment have been Charlotte Music Academy, Elm Lane Music School, Calvary Academy for the Arts, Music 49 inc. etc..My repertoire includes Classical Music, Finger - Picking Style Popular Music. Rock Guitar and Jazz and Folk Guitar as well. I taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory for 7 years.


I have read through the Book, How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, and Charles Van Doren. This is the best book I have read on the subject of reading. I will tell you what the four reading styles of Expository Writing are. Each cournal is contained in the next level or levels. Elementary, includes learning your ABCs. This also includes Phonetics as well a the memorization of the meaning of words, phrases, and sentences, Inspectional Reading is next. Here you get to scan through the book to see if it would be worth reading for you. You would read the books jacket for the authors qualifications and endorsements, the table of contents and their subheadings, the index to see what interests you to help you gain an understanding of the authors propositions quickly. You pick out a few paragraphs or pages and read see if this is what you need to read. Analytical reading is what we use through Jr. High and High School. You read for understanding. Speed reading is not necessary here. You can read slowly, the most important thing being comprehension and gaining an understanding of the author's purpose. Finally Syn-topical Reading is for those who are writing a thesis, long paper, or dissertation. This type of reading is used on the college level and graduate school level. You take 10 to 100 books, first reading them from an inspectional perspective to see if the author is writing something that you may be able to use in your thesis. If so, read the book. Do this for as many books as needed. I know a Pastor who wrote a book on education who read nearly two - hundred books that were pertinent to his topic. From this he drew many creative ideas. Sometimes, if you read your material thoroughly, you can inspect yourself to see when a creative premise or idea comes to your minds surface so your thesis or paper may be guided by this or these ideas.
Thank You,
Robert West

Music History

I have studied music history for two semesters in undergraduate school, and 2 difficult semesters in Graduate School. For Graduate Music History, the class presented reports on different subjects and (composers). I received a 3.3 and a 3.7 grade point in Graduate Music History. I taught history for a semester at the Guitar Shop LTD where I also taught private students guitar and conducted a guitar - Mandolin Ensemble. I since have studied Music History on my own reading Biographies from Bach (this book was nominated for a Pulitzer). to studying the development of different forms from the High Flemish Vocal School, to the Canzona and Recircare which eventually branched into the Fugue form of which J.S. Bach was the Master. Music History calls for Music Theory much of the time (forms, structure etc.). Understanding it in its context takes Music History Knowledge, the development of forms, the analysis of these forms, and a strong knowledge of music theory. Music Theory enlightens the student to see the music in context and how it relates to predated forms and subsequent forms. But these pieces are interesting to listen to just for themselves as well.

Music Production

I have worked with the recording software for computers called Pro Tools, and have recorded and produced a large amount of material. I have produced songs as well as recording acoustic instruments. There is a large amount of files on my computer of Classical Music recorded with Pro Tools. I have also recorded classical music for the faculty of a music school.


I studied Piano for three semesters in Undergraduate School. I am currently tutoring a Professor Emeritus from San Francisco State over our cell Phones in Piano. I'm giving him large doses of music theory and I have to be articulate and concise. So far it is working well. We've had about 6 or 7 lessons.

I've written some of my songs on piano and I use it to study Classical Music Theory. This includes voice leading which is common practice harmony from Bach to Beethoven. With voice leading, you need to know the rules concerning how the notes or voices from one chord smoothly connect to the next. Jazz theory is important but does not deal as much with voice leading unless the player is playing a ballad etc..


I have taken the Music Content Knowledge Praxis II Test in North Carolina and passed the test for the needed qualifications to teach in the North Carolina Charlotte - Mecklenburg Public Schools. The test was a passing grade and should be noted as such: 167.


My experience with reading includes understanding the information in the Book, How to Read a Book by Charles Van Dorene and Morton J. Adler. This is not a book on just reading, but this is a book that shows you how to read. We will be learning the first type of reading skill, Elementary Reading. I have read many text books on different subjects and have enjoyed it. I have learned how to inspect a book in about fifteen minutes to see if it is pertinent to an assignment or project that I'm working on. I have read much imaginative literature, mostly the Classics, from Virgil, to Jane Austin, to Mark Twain. I've done expository reading to glean information for writing papers and reports. Good reading skills can make or break your educational career goals. It is a skill that determines much of your future and whether you can enjoy and have fun with reading, or make it a drudgery. It is meant to be enjoyed on every level. Learn HOW TO READ A BOOK is not just reading. We need to learn some basics. If you want to learn HOW TO READ. Reading becomes a joy and a positive experience you will be learning and doing all your life, . So learn how to enjoy this opportunity. You should be a student all your life, and reading is a subject you want to learn as early as you can so it will enrich and bring enjoyment to your life,

Sight Singing

Studying for my undergraduate degree at the Wisconsin College Conservatory in Classical Guitar, the requirements for Sight Singing and Dictation were five semesters. I completed and passed all semesters. We used the Kodaly System taught by Joice Altman, and the final semester we used Hindemith's Elementary Training for Musicians.


I started writing songs in or around 1974 or 5. My early songs were done in collaboration with a lyricist and were slightly, but not totally out of a commercial vein. I did not write my songs at this time to be successful, but to sharpen my skills in an area of music that I had not tried. With my first lyric collaborator, we wrote five or six songs and corresponded from (Me) Wisconsin, To (Len). Oakland, CA. I would send him an instrumental tape and he would send me back the lyrics where the syllables fit the melody well. These were Popular Songs but if you put them into Classical Terminology they would be referred to as Strophic Songs (Most Popular Songs take this form). This simply means that different texts were put to the same melody for two or three verses. To contrast this, you could have what are called Through Composed Songs where the melody keeps changing to fit the text. These are usually considered Art Songs. The Strophic Songs could be considered Art Songs as in the Songs of John Dowland, the English Composer of Airs (Songs). He was probably the best lutenist of his day and traveled abroad to play for other courts throughout Europe. A good example of his songs are sung by Sting (The English Pop - Rock Composer), who collaborated with a Russian Lute Player Karamazov on a CD called Labyrinth. See how composers wrote Strophic Songs in the days of the Renaissance. Other songs I have written can be heard on YouTube writing: Robert West Guitar in their search engine. But first, Sign into YouTube, second, put Robert West Guitar in their search engine. Click Search, A song list should appear to your left saying Robert West Guitar. Click that and all my uploaded videos can be seen. Look above and click, Play All, and YouTube should order my songs. Pick and play ones that may seem interesting to you. There are quite a variety of songs. Some are copies that I put with a music score on the timeline for the musically illiterate. The same pieces and songs can be heard with still life photos in the timeline. Have Fun.

Track & Field

I was on the track team at Millburn Jr. High. Mr Beck was our instructor. I practiced for the High Jump, but my main interest was the Pole Vault. At the Freshman competition I was hoping to place first. I cleared 9' 3". I placed third. When I moved to Wisconsin, I continued my interest in Pole Vaulting, and my first semester Sophomore year I cleared 10' 3". In Junior High, I placed first in the standing broad jump and this record continued for two years. For preparation, I was able to do fifteen pull ups in my Freshman year.

Voice (Music)

As I have mentioned, I have recorded songs with Pro Tools LE. My songs and other recordings can be found on YouTube. I sing on five of these songs. I have also sung in the church Choir at Garr Memorial Church in Charlotte, NC. and participated and sang in the Musical Play: Scrooge. I know the basics of four part writing for voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass. I can compose for voices. I have written Inspirational songs sung by an excellent Dynamic Mezzo Soprano, Karen Coke. (As mentioned, I have composed and arranged these songs). I will give you the links to these videos if you request them. I'm knowledgeable about the the Head and Chest voices and Falsetto voices in Men and Women. Women using more of the Head Voice while men use the Chest Voice More. I can produce and work well with singers. If I were to teach singing as a mentor, I would not be sufficient. If I were to record and produce a singer, they would be in good hands.

wisconsin conservatory of music
Classical Guitar Per
University of Redlands
Reasons to Believe
Graduate Coursework


wisconsin conservatory of music (Classical Guitar Per)

University of Redlands (Master's)

Reasons to Believe (Graduate Coursework)

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Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

More than five students, rate = 60.00. Music rates: 45.00 an hr. per student. Two hr. lessons are twice the hourly rate.

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Robert will travel within 20 miles of Charlotte, NC 28205.