Montclair State University (Music Composition)
New York University (Enrolled)
Hello my name is Aferdian S. I am currently a graduate student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where I am pursuing my MFA in Musical Theatre Writing. I received my undergraduate degree at Montclair State University's John J Cali School of Music, with a degree in Music Theory and Composition with a concentration in Piano. My teaching experience has ranged from children to adults (ages 3 and up). I have taught Music Theory, Composition, and Piano at a summer music camp and at a Prep School of the Arts in Montclair, NJ. My teaching methods vary and are solely concentrated on the students' needs and what the student would like to accomplish during our sessions together. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
Hello my name is Aferdian S. I am currently a graduate student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where I am pursuing my MFA in Musical Theatre Writing. I received my undergraduate degree at Montclair State University's John J Cali School of Music, with a degree in Music Theory and Composition with a concentration in Piano. My
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Frankly, it's quite difficult to "teach" composition to any student who wishes to learn. What I tend to offer as an instructor are the skills and rules necessary for developing one's own compositional technique such as the rigorous study and application of musical form, harmony, counterpoint, and development. My goal is to help the student develop these skills in order for them to find their own voice as a composer.
Much like sight-singing, I had to attain a B or higher in my undergraduate ear-training course in order to receive my Bachelor's Degree of Music. Ear training is a skill that comes along with practice and patience. I have taught ear training to people of all ages.
In order to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Music I had to study all aspects of Western music as well as music from other genres. It was required that I have a comprehensive knowledge necessary to teach a General Music course.
Music Production is a part of my composition process. I work in the studio just as much as I do at the piano when writing. I am very familiar in working with Digital Audio Workstations and recording programs such as Logic and Garageband as well as with the notation and copying software Finale, along with basic recording techniques to get anyone who is interested in Music Production started.
My earliest piano lessons date from the age of 6. My undergraduate Music Composition degree also had a serious concentration in Piano where I studied with Dr. Ruth Rendleman. I have covered the trajectory of the Baroque, Romantic and Post-Romantic periods by playing and studying the piano works of composers such as but not limited to Bach, Chopin, and Gershwin. I am also well versed in American popular music piano playing such as Pop and Rock as well as Jazz. I have also taught piano to people of all ages and needs with a primary focus on a proper and safe piano technique.
As a music composition major at Montclair State University, I was required to take four levels of sight-singing. In order to obtain my bachelor's of music I had to receive a grade of a B or above in "Music Ear Training and Sight Singing." I also include sight-singing on "fixed do" as a part of my daily practice activities.
I have been a songwriter from a very young age. I know what that journey entails in finding the locus or the main theme/central idea of a song and guiding in through it's form (whether it be "AABA" or "Verse-Chorus") and making sure that it all holds together. I am also an active composer-lyricist for the Musical Theatre and also have a concentration in songwriting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts GMTWP.
As a part of my degree program I had to choose a secondary instrument to study. That secondary instrument was voice. I studied vocal technique and vocal coaching under the direction of Valerie Van Hoven based in New Jersey. With her direction and tutelage I have gained the tools necessary for coaching anyone who wishes to improve their vocal technique.