Kelsey T. is a composer of music for quartet, string ensembles, piano, guitar, and chorus. While studying music at the University of North Texas, Kelsey was classically trained to play guitar and piano, while performing in the Men's Chorus. His piece "Colors" (2010) for string quartet & piano became a point of interest in the writing of "161 Glass: Site Specific Music in an Artistic Context" by Christina Rusnak, Composer and Executive Director of Philadelphia's award winning ensemble, Orchestra 2001. Having been influenced by the musical works of Reich, Glass, and Xenakis, Kelsey's composition style is attributed to his interdisciplinary study of Music & Architecture. Today, he continues his work as a music teacher, contemporary composer, and as an architectural drafter for various architects in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor each of my lessons to the needs of my students, in the direction that he/she would like to see their musical skill grow. I begin each new student's first lesson by getting to know a student's weaknesses and strengths, and prepare each lesson based on the student's pace of learning. In addition to the teaching of the instrument, all of my students learn to read music, as well as ear training, sight-reading, and theory. I've found that by giving my students a more rounded understanding of music, it not only opens a broader range of interest in music, but makes the learning experience that much more meaningful.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Seating Area for parents who choose to sit in on lesson. Equipment List: Music Stand, Casio Keyboard, Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar and Amplifier, Keystation Pro MIDI Controller, OscarSchmidt Acoustic Guitar, SilverTone Electric Guitar and Amplifier, SoundTech PA System, Valencia Classical Guitar, and more.
*** Travel Equipment ***
During the first couple of weeks, I can provide the reading material by email, in PDF format. After the introduction, the student is expected to purchase the book to keep up with the learning pace, in order to make his/her independent practice more efficient. The student is expected to use his/her own instrument, and be prepared with blank sheet music paper and other supplies for note-taking. If the rehearsal is at my home studio, I can provide the keyboard, studio equipment, and other supplies needed for our lesson.
*** Specialties ***
I've composed in various contrasting styles of music from baroque-style counterpoint, classical Galant style, to Post-1970's Avant-Garde. In my own music, I specialize in contemporary technique, minimalism, electro-acoustic, as well as experimentalism of the late 20th century into the 21st.
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