Boston College (music)
University of Massachusetts (Master's)
University of Iowa (PhD)
Learn music theory and composition from Tim Davis, an experienced professional composer. He is seeking serious students with an interest in eventually studying music at the collegiate level. Individual lessons are specifically tailored to students’ background, experience, and personal goals.
Dr. Davis has earned degrees in music from Boston College, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Iowa. He has served as a teaching assistant for three years in music theory and ear training at the University of Iowa, where he provided individual tutoring in theory and composition as part of his job responsibilities. While a student at Boston College, he served as a theory tutor through the Academic Development Center; he provided similar help to undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts on his own time.
A standout high school player at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, Tim has also served for the past several years as a tennis instructor, first at the Tennis Camps at Harvard, and for the past three years at a summer tennis camp in Ludlow, Massachusetts. He currently offers private and group instruction. Learn music theory and composition from Tim Davis, an experienced professional composer. He is seeking serious students with an interest in eventually studying music at the collegiate level. Individual lessons are specifically tailored to students’ background, experience, and personal goals.
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Tim has a deep knowledge of his craft. He is a nice guy who is engaging and interesting while keeping you on task of the lesson. We will be booking more lessons with him. Great experience.
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Timothy A. Davis (b. Springfield, Massachusetts) has studied composition with Lawrence
Fritts, David Gompper, Thomas Oboe Lee, Salvatore Macchia, and Bruce MacCombie, and
has earned degrees from Boston College (B.A., 2002), the University of Massachusetts (M.
Mus., 2006), and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., 2009). Recent commissions of Tim’s work
include Americana (2006) for the Bay Colony Brass, Chants of the Ocean (2007) for tubist
Valentine Bialecki, and The Terraces of Purgatory (2008) for soprano Shannon Rose McAuliffe.
Tim’s music has been performed by the Bay Colony Brass; the Indiana University Brass
Choir; the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra; vocal ensembles at the University of
Massachusetts, the University of Iowa, and Indiana University; the Movadi Wind Quintet; the
University of Massachusetts Graduate Woodwind Quintet; and by numerous undergraduate
and graduate students and ensembles. His compositions have been programmed at the 2007
and 2008 Midwest Composers’ Symposiums, the 2009 “Tutti” New Music Festival at
Denison University, and at the 2009 Bay View (Michigan) Music Festival. In Memoriam (2005,
rev. 2008) for symphony orchestra will appear in an upcoming volume of ERM Media’s
"Masterworks of the New Era" CD series, recorded by members of the Prague Radio and
Czech Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras.
I served as a Teaching Assistant while a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa from 2006-2009. As part of my duties, I was the instructor of Aural Skills courses for all four levels of undergraduate theory, covering Beginning through Advanced levels. This course covered Ear Training in the form of written melodic and harmonic dictation (performed at the piano or played on CD), sight-singing, meter identification, and interval training (both singing and identification).
I earned a bachelor's degree in music from Boston College. I went on to earn my master's and PhD degrees in music, with a GPA of 3.95 in all graduate music courses. With a total of 9 years post-secondary study in music courses, I am qualified to teach any course in music theory, composition, introductory/appreciation, or musicology classes. If necessary, I can provide my transcripts from my doctoral studies.
I served as a music theory tutor while a student at Boston College for two years at the Academic Development Center, upon recommendation from music department faculty. I then served as an undergraduate music theory Graduate Teaching Assistant while a doctoral student at the University of Iowa, responsible for grading of all tests and assignments as well as occasional lectures, covering all levels of undergraduate theory I-IV. I possess a doctorate in music composition, which requires an extensive background and level of expertise in music theory.
I taught sight singing as a significant part of the curriculum during my three years of teaching ear training and aural skills as an undergraduate instructor at the University of Iowa. The courses covered everything from introductory intervallic exercises involving both fixed and movable do all the way to atonal and 20th century practices using the "Modus Novus" textbook by Lars Edlund.
I have been serving as a tennis instructor ranging in ages from 4 to 65 since 2005. A former Division I college recruit, I began my instructional career at the Tennis Camps at Harvard under the supervision of Harvard coaches Dave Fish and Gordon Graham, with master classes from renowned instructor Steve Smith. From 2006-2011, I taught group lessons at Ludlow Summer Tennis camp in Ludlow, MA. I served as the Ludlow High School Varsity Girls assistant coach in 2010, where the team's significant improvement from the previous year led to a semifinal berth in the Western Massachusetts Team Tournament.
I have been providing private lessons since 2009.