Arrangement and Composition

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

I use various textbooks and many other sources for teaching.
I emphasize skill and technique.
I teach theoretical subjects in a way that make sense and are applicable in the real music world.
I do not run every student through the same curriculum. I deal with the student individually.

About Ric F.

Background Check: Last verified 10/31/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 10 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 10 to 99

Overview

Ric is an award-winning arranger-composer who teaches all subjects relating to music composition including arranging-songwriting & production.

Ric has taught at colleges, universities, conservatories, workshops and teaches privately at his studio and also online worldwide. He also teaches and tutors for various organizations.

Ric holds an MM in composition (completing) and has studied privately with many well-known composer-arrangers. He is also certified to teach Schillinger studies (theory).

Ric is on the Board of Directors for the College Music Society, South Central Chapter (Jazz) and is the author of books and articles which have been endorsed by musicians from American Idol & The Voice.

Ric has students of all ages and styles from beginners – advanced. Recent students includes students from Berklee College of Music and Liberty University.

COMMENT FROM STUDENT: "Hey Ric, I just wanted to let you know that I took my entering placement test over theory today and I knew EVERYTHING on it! I am so thankful for all that you did to help me get where I am! You are such an amazing teacher and I hope to work with you again in the near future. Thank you so much" (D.T. - Berklee College of Music).

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a quiet and comfortable teaching studio. Many of my students are online. I have a very good online system for teaching and have students worldwide.
My basic teaching philosophy is that I teach the student...with the subject. Each student is unique to me.
I allow students to send me materials (via email) before each lesson that I review beforehand so I come to the scheduled less time prepared.
I also have a recording studio that allows students to "hear" as well as see (if it is on paper) their results.
I frequently blog and write articles for other website journals and send out notices to students using various social media.
I use various textbooks and other supplemental materials so that a student has materials that gets them from "A" to "Z" in a measured way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finale
DAW - Reaper
Many other programs used for teaching and recording online.

*** Specialties ***
All subjects related to the Composing and Production of music.

Photos and Videos

A 6:00+ medley of various styles and ensembles composed, arranged, orchestrated by Ric. The examples are from music releases and television-film. Some examples were also produced & recorded by Ric.

Experience

Instructor of Music Composition & Related Subjects Jan 2009 - Jan 2014
Southwestern Seminary

Instructor of Music Composition & Related Subjects

Instructor of Music Composition & Related Subjects Jan 1997 - Jan 2000
Biola University

Instructor of Music Composition & Related Subjects

Education

MM Composition Jan 2009 - Jan 2014
Southwestern Seminary

Certifications

Schillinger Studies (Theory) Jan 2000
Schillinger Society

I studied Schillinger Studies in depth for over 5 years with a student of Joseph Schillinger.

Awards

Many... Jan 2000
Various...

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Jan 1990
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by An excellent teacher who loves to see his students excel Several years ago I was privileged to have Ric contribute his talent to my CD project. He is an amazing musician and a gentleman! Ric is an excellent teacher and musician who genuinely desires to impart his expertise to those he teaches. He is relevant and experienced. His vast musical knowledge and sphere of influence are a tremendous asset to the music community with years of experience and a sincere attitude that is infectious. I am highly confident that all Ric's student will be treated with great care and service and I highly recommend and appreciate Ric. March 6, 2014