University of Iowa (Music)
University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Master's)
My name is Ian, and I'm a classically trained opera student with a Bachelors and Masters in music. Through my education at both the University of Iowa and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, I've studied Music Theory and Composition for fun, as well as folk-songwriting. I've composed in various styles, but I prefer choral and string music. About a year and a half ago, I recorded my first solo folk album, and it was released on Itunes and Amazon Music for a short time through "Reverbnation." During my time in Knoxville, I taught private voice lessons as a teaching assistant through the university; and the year after I graduated with my masters, I taught for a year at Pellissippi State Community College. I very much enjoy teaching and helping people understand and become more passionate about music. And through the years, I've realized how I can clear fundamental, technical barriers of music theory and vocal technique so that emotion and beauty can appear from the music I write and perform. And I would love to teach that to others.
My name is Ian, and I'm a classically trained opera student with a Bachelors and Masters in music. Through my education at both the University of Iowa and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, I've studied Music Theory and Composition for fun, as well as folk-songwriting. I've composed in various styles, but I prefer choral and string music.
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In the summers in undergrad, I practiced solfege by sight-reading and learning instrumental parts in full orchestral and oratorio scores. Through much diligence, I've become confident in my skills in my ability to internally hear instruments and intervals within a classical music context, both through conventional keys and atonal practice through the book, Modus Novis. It is an integral part in a musician's arsenal, and I can teach them to hear each note before singing or playing on an instrument.
Guitar was my first instrument, and since the age of seven, I've spent much of my free time continuing this passion. Although I don't have a degree in guitar, my technique and string knowledge comes from my secondary string bass major at the University of Iowa. Basic scale study and finger strength is a strong foundation for any guitarist, and I can teach students these concepts.
Since my undergraduate degree, I've studied theory formally and for fun. For about a year in undergrad, I studied with a great harpsichord professor at the University of Iowa, and there I learned how to read and write figured bass. It gave me a solid understanding of theory, and since then, I've used theory in my opera preparation and choir rehearsals.
Choir music is a passion of mine; and in a professional setting, sight-singing is a must. As a music major, I've spent many hours honing these skills, both in voice and as a secondary string bass major (our bass teacher made us sing our solo music lines so we would hear each note before playing them). After six years of music study, I feel confident with my sight-singing at a professional level, and I would love to help students become confident, as well.
My father introduced me to song-writing and folk/bluegrass music since I was six years old. Recently, I've released a folk album, which appeared on iTunes and Amazon Music through an artist website. After much studying, I've become confident in lyric writing and song structure.
I've studied classical voice since the age of 15. After six years, I've appeared in Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Ash Lawn Opera while completing a Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music. As well as my education, I have experience teaching private voice lessons as a teaching assistant and as an adjunct voice teacher at a community college.