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BJ D.

Colleyville, TX

$60/hour

Knowledgeable Composer Specializing in Music Theory and Production

4.7 average from 7 ratings
Very knowledgeable and clear communicator
— Jordan, Chicago, IL on 11/8/15

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Temple University
Music Composition
Peabody Conservatory
Master's

Education

Temple University (Music Composition)

Peabody Conservatory (Master's)

About BJ

I am a professional composer specializing in music for concert, media, and video games. I have degrees in music composition from Temple University and the Peabody Conservatory, and have been active in the field for several years.

While I teach a wide variety of music production and composition subjects, I am most comfortable teaching music theory, composition, and piano. That said, all of my teaching is highly customizable with one unifying thread: I think it is best to have a goal in mind that we can work towards. Having a specific goal will give me the opportunity to provide the best lessons possible.

For lessons, I teach out of my music production studio in Dallas. While I am willing to travel for lessons, I prefer if we could work from my studio. I have an abundance of musical scores, recordings, instruments, and other equipment that I constantly refer to while teaching.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your musical goals!
I am a professional composer specializing in music for concert, media, and video games. I have degrees in music composition from Temple University and the Peabody Conservatory, and have been active in the field for several years.

While I teach a wide variety of music production and
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Colleyville, TX 76034

"Very knowledgeable and clear communicator"

- Jordan, Chicago, IL on 11/8/15

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Eric, Philadelphia, PA on 6/17/15
Music:
Composition (Music),
Ear Training,
General Music,
Guitar,
Music History, Music Production,
Music Theory,
Piano,
Sight Singing, Songwriting
History:
Music History

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

I have a BM and MM in Music Composition. I have written concert music for solo instruments, ensembles, and the full symphony orchestra, in addition to music for various media (electronic, rock, blues, etc). I have taught music composition in applications ranging from traditional orchestral settings to "math rock" music.

Ear Training

Ear training is a passion of mine. You don't have to have perfect pitch to hear everything going on in a piece of music and use that information to your advantage.

Ear training is not only about identifying the different intervals between notes, but about understanding structures and using common sense and deductive reasoning. I have many tools and trainers to help students (and professionals alike) improve their musical ear.

General Music

I have a BM and MM in Music Composition. I have written concert music for solo instruments, ensembles, and the full symphony orchestra, in addition to music for various media (electronic, rock, blues, etc). I have taught music composition in applications ranging from traditional orchestral settings to "math rock" music.

Guitar

I have 15 years of experience learning about, playing and performing guitar. Currently I teach lessons privately at my home studio, and through a school.

My approach is heavily based on fundamentals, and I stress reading standard notation rather than tablature.

Music Production

I have produced and worked on several film scores, rock albums, and multimedia projects. I work with Logic X daily in professional applications. In addition, I have a wide variety of experience in recording and mixing music.

Music Theory

I have 6 years of formal training in music theory, both in degree programs and in private study. My favorite subjects include Counterpoint (voice leading), Harmony, and 20th Century Analysis.

Piano

I minored in Piano at Temple University and took lessons during my 4 years there. Prior to that, I studied piano for 5 years. I have been teaching for 4 years and currently teach at the Dallas School of Music.

Temple University
Music Composition
Peabody Conservatory
Master's

Education

Temple University (Music Composition)

Peabody Conservatory (Master's)

Very knowledgeable and clear communicator — BJ is very knowledgeable in the area of music recording and production, and I'm looking forward to working with him. He is very organized, and gives good advice on prep to add structure and get the most out of a lesson (i.e. define goals, keep a list of running questions, etc). I'm looking forward to working with him more. ...

— Jordan, Chicago, IL on 11/8/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

BJ will travel within 30 miles of Colleyville, TX 76034.