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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Miami (Master's)
Stony Brook University (PhD)
Hello, prospective student/parent:
Thank you for reading! I have been in the music business for more than twenty years, in the following capacities (listed in reverse chronological order):
-COMPOSER: My focus is contemporary tonal music, and my influences include Steve Reich, John Adams, Claude Debussy, and JS Bach.
-CLASSROOM TEACHER; HIGH SCHOOL and UNDERGRADUATE: Taught Music Theory I-IV for undergraduate music majors, Ear Training and Sight-Singing I-IV for undergraduate music majors, Music Theory for undergraduate non-music majors, and high school Music Appreciation.
-MUSIC DIRECTOR; MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, and UNDERGRADUATE: Directed and conducted groups in the genres of Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Competitive Marching Band, Big Band Jazz, Small Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theater, and Chorus.
-MUSIC ARRANGER: Spent several years arranging hornline charts for competitive high school marching bands around the country.
-PROFESSIONAL TRUMPET PLAYER (*but I no longer teach applied instrumental lessons): Worked on Broadway and internationally.
Bachelor's in Music Education, UNC Chapel Hill- Phi Beta Kappa
Master's in Music Composition, University of Miami (FL)- Cumulative GPA of 4.0
Currently working on my PhD in Music Composition at Stony Brook University on Long Island
*My focus as a musician and teacher has changed over the years. I often encourage students to bring their instrument to lessons so we use it in the learning process, but if you are hoping to be taught instrumental technique, I am not the teacher for you. I now specialize in the "intellectual workings of music", specifically theory (from reading basic rhythms and pitches all the way to analyzing complex pieces), composition, ear training, computerized notation, and the general subject area of how to understand the and create using the language of music.
I have limited experience teaching young children, but I am comfortable and engaging with all ages. I have always had a natural teaching ability, regardless of subject, and I tend to be demanding and structured, yet fun. There will be homework- exercises specifically tailored for each individual student.
I live on central Long Island, but I'm willing to travel to NYC or further if you're willing to pay for my commuting expenses. Group lessons or online lessons via Skype or any other live social media are also available.
So if you or your child wants to learn:
how to read music
how to write music
how to conduct music- from drum major training to advanced orchestral conducting
how to use free computer programs to write music and play it back for you
how to expand your classical listening repertoire
how to train your ear like a professional musician
how to pass any written or aural music test (such as AP Music Theory but NOT Music History)
how to teach music
how to lead a musical ensemble
...then I'm your guy. Hello, prospective student/parent:
Thank you for reading! I have been in the music business for more than twenty years, in the following capacities (listed in
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Composition is the written or computerized creation of classical, electronic jazz, pop, or other kinds of music. (I also teach arranging or transcribing of existing music to create performance opportunities for new ensembles).
I have a Master's Degree in Music Composition from University of Miami. I am currently a PhD student in Music Composition at Stony Brook University with over 20 years of experience arranging and composing music for various ensembles.
Ear Training is the study and drilling of aural recognition and transcription (and singing, using the fixed-do or movable-do solfege systems, when applicable) of scales, rhythms, melodies, chords, and harmonic progressions.
As a Graduate TA at the University of Miami and now at Stony Brook University, I have been placed in charge of my own section of Ear Training and Musicianship for Undergraduate Music Majors. My combined 8 semesters of teaching have all included at least one class of Musicianship I, II, III, and IV.
The broad subject matter that explores, among other things, the reading, writing, and analysis of Western classical music (and/or its application to jazz, pop, electronic, or world music). Specific topics include: basic reading and writing of pitches and rhythms, intervals, scales, melody, transposition, meter, tempi, texture, mode, harmony, form, and examples for listening.