University of Houston (Music Composition)
Brigham Young University (Master's)
University of South Carolina (PhD)
I am a composer whose primary instrument is the voice. These days, that's kind of rare. I also play the piano, but would never claim it as one of my strengths. Aside from composing and singing, my greatest passion in music is to teach. That's why I make myself available on great websites like this. I even teach via Skype when students live outside of my area.
When I don't teach, I feel like I am neglecting one of my purposes in life. Teaching feeds my soul. I began as a music theory tutor at a community college back in 2004. Since then, I have been active as a teacher of singing, theory, ear training, and composition. I had the great honor of being given the opportunity to teach music classes at the university level in Utah and South Carolina. Those experiences have given me priceless knowledge and know-how.
My music degrees come from the University of Houston (Bachelor of Music in Composition), Brigham Young University (Master's of Music in Composition), and the University of South Carolina (Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition with a Minor in Theory). I was trained by Eastman School of Music graduate J. Daniel Jenkins in the art of teaching music theory.
I hope you decide to take a chance on me. I make my lessons engaging, enjoyable, motivating, and even fun! I hope to hear from you soon. I am a composer whose primary instrument is the voice. These days, that's kind of rare. I also play the piano, but would never claim it as one of my strengths. Aside from composing and singing, my greatest passion in music is to teach. That's why I make myself available on great websites like this. I even teach via Skype when students live outside
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I have received three college degrees in music composition: bachelor of music (Univ. of Houston), master of music (Brigham Young Univ.), and doctor of musical arts (Univ. of S. Carolina). My professional portfolio and more details about my career are available upon request.
Among the many music courses I have been fortunate to teach were many semesters of ear training. I helped students learn to sight-sing and notate melodies and harmonies I gave them (called dictation). I have been teaching these subjects since 2007.
Having obtained a terminal degree in music (DMA in Composition with a Minor in Theory), I feel perfectly qualified to teach general music skills, such as reading rhythm and melody, understanding musical notation, such as key signatures and time signatures, and comprehending harmonic meaning within chord progressions.
In order to qualify for a doctorate degree in music composition, I had to take a comprehensive examination, which included extensive testing on my knowledge of all periods of music history. In addition to being able to identify the musical styles of each period, I had to define which characteristics delineated one from any other.
While earning my degrees in music, I was given the position of Graduate Teaching Assistant at both Brigham Young University and the University of South Carolina. Between 2007 and 2013, I taught upwards of 500 students in music classes, including sight-singing.
Since August 2005, and while earning my degrees in music, I have taught voice lessons to students ranging from elementary age to middle-aged adults. References are available upon request.