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Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
My love of music began at a very early age. By age five, I was improvising at the piano, and I started recording my jam sessions when I was twelve. Throughout middle and high school, I sang in a choir, and upon my graduation in 2000 from Rio Rancho High at the top of my class, New Mexico State University admitted me into its music department with a generous choral scholarship.
I studied voice from 2000 until 2005 under a variety of qualified professors. I won a NATS competition in 2003. My senior vocal recital in January 2005 included two arias, art songs in German and French, some Gilbert and Sullivan, and a few show tunes.
My major was not in voice, however, but in composition. I learned the fundamentals of orchestration both through coursework, and by studying Rimsky-Korsakov's treatise. I spent considerable time analyzing the stylistic qualities of the composers who moved me most: Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Dvorak. I continued to jam at the piano about an hour a day throughout college, developing an intimate understanding of chordal relationships and progressions. I began improvising counterpoint in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, later developing some of my dabblings into full-fledged compositions. By the time I graduated in 2005 with the highest GPA of my graduating class, I had completed a symphony, which I am presently arranging for band at the behest of Dr. John Richards, conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphonic Band.
I believe that fluency with a variety of music languages is key to developing a truly original sound. Since I graduated, I have explored jazz, funk, and ragtime, and deeply enjoy improvising in these new styles. I even played in a punk rock band for a few months; not really my cup of tea, but it was quite an experience!
My Philosophy of Music
Music, more so than any other expressive medium, has the power to affect us emotionally. Music leads us to transcend ourselves. Through its influence, we might be uplifted to joyous elation, or moved to tears of sorrow. This magical quality explains why babies instinctively cry, and why all humans react emotionally to that noise.
Visual images-- including words on paper-- can reach us emotionally, but not to this extent. Imagine reading a powerful essay. Now imagine a gifted orator reading that essay dramatically. Which captivates you more? The orator makes music of words. Try watching a movie with the sound muted. It loses most of its vitality, and much of what it retains is an artifact of your imagining the sounds.
Music is about reaching people on an emotional level. So long as you can reach others using sound, and you reciprocate by letting the sounds of others move you, then you are not only a musician, but a good musician!
Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Organ
Chuck recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Gainesville, Florida, where he was a staple of the music teaching and performing community for more than 25 years. Originally from Chicago, Chuck completed his BA in Music History and Masters of Music (MM) at the University of Florida. Chuck became obsessed with The Beatles when he began piano lessons at age 12. His first attempt at composing was actually improvising melodies over the ending chords to "Hey Jude". Along with playing Beatles tunes Chuck learned classic standards from a set of Reader's Digest Songbooks inherited from his grandmother.
Chuck has performed with classic rock, top 40, funk, R&B, and jazz groups, and has served as an opening act for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and legendary Texas bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. As a soloist he's played classical music, blues, jazz, and original compositions. Before devoting himself to music full time, he worked for 8 years as a radio announcer on WUFT-FM Gainesville hosting shows such as "Nothing but the Blues", "Montage" (acoustic jazz), and "Musica Antiqua" (Renaissance and Medieval).
Chuck has taught students of all ages and skill levels in piano, guitar, organ, flute, digital keyboards, recorder, and ukulele. He's also a multi-faceted composer whose instrumental pieces are infused with elements of classical, blues, and jazz styles.
Chuck's teaching philosophy: "In my 25 years of teaching I’ve found that everyone learns in different ways and at different rates of progress, so each of my students is treated as a unique individual. I try to get to know my students in the first few lessons so I can be more sensitive to their personalities. This helps me choose the best teaching approach for them. From the very first lesson I create a relaxed setting so students feel no apprehension, especially when trying something new. This allows them to feel free to take chances and experience playing music as something enjoyable, not a life or death situation! The biggest measure of my effectiveness as a teacher is when my students embrace new challenges and the opportunity to improve".
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Speaking Voice
A Professional Musician, I am now happy to pass my skills and knowledge on to the next generations so that they may have ALL the fun and enjoyment of music in their lives, that I had in mine.
I have toured the East Coast Venues (NYC to Key West) for 30 years, and produced 10 CDs, and have 3 EMMY AWARDS for sound track music for the EXPEDITION FLORIDA SERIES, Nature Documentaries. They were funded by the University of Florida, Museum of Natural History, and the Tourist Development Council of Alachua County, Florida.
I play acoustic and electric six string guitars, electric bass guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, percussion and hand drums. I majored in Flute and Voice at UF and have spent my entire life immersed in the world of music.
I have played classical, rock, reggae, folk, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, praise, gospel, afro-pop, ska and 80's music. I have toured as a solo act, a duo, a trio, and with a full 6 piece band, SKATTERBRAINZ, for 8 years.
I am a professional writer and photographer for the LEWIS RIVER REVIEW based out of Woodland, WA.
I teach lessons and classes full time, five days a week, (no lessons on Fridays/Sundays) and also perform LIVE and in person frequently in local venues for profit and charity.
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