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As a composer and performer, I always encourage players to understand the fundamentals of music…music theory. There are many misconceptions about music theory: it’s too hard, it’s no fun, no one needs it - all wrong! The principals of music are simple, fascinating, and incredibly useful. Whether you took music classes in college or are just getting started with your first instrument, I can help you change the way you look at music. At first, the language of music seems strange and unfamiliar. That’s because it is! But when you take it one step at a time – one foot in front of the other – the meaning behind all the chords and scales becomes clear.

The first thing to learn about music theory is that your ear already knows it. Theory simply describes and gives definition to what your ear already hears. It’s like studying a language. By studying how nouns and verbs work we have a more powerful command of our language. The same is true for music.

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About Alexander
My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that
will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
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Andrew November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor ! He knows to shift focus towards what you need to work on. As soon as the instructions are given or the questions he asks you feel relief because the energy is going towards what you already feel you need to work on and not just moving on to the next lesson. The tailored lessons make for a low pressure learning environment to fit your needs. As long as your consistant with receiving his lessons you will get where you want to be with your talents and be jammin out soon.
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Sandy F. June 14, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very knowledgeable, tailored the lesson to my level and very open to anything that I want to learn.
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Lisa June 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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About Jena D.

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I loved music theory when I was in school. It's a puzzle to put together chords, scales and melodies. I love puzzles. I will show you what I know from beginning to advance in music theory.

About Jena
Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD, The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Sa
nta Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
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Mark December 17, 2016
· Singing · In home
I had multiple lessons with Jena and was impressed with her familiarity on voice techniques which she made easily understood. Jena has a great demeanor and related well on a personal basis. I learned a lot and appreciated the experience with her.
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Tucker W. December 4, 2014
· Singing · In home
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
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Lisa G. January 29, 2014
· Guitar ·
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
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About Phillip Z.

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Some people are afraid of music theory, they think it is a bad word. However, all my instrumental students learn music theory. There is nothing to fear. Music theory is foundational, as important as learning scales and chords. It is necessary to know to play at a high level. In classical music it is an interpretive tool, in jazz it is a tool for improvising. Like note reading, it opens up entire worlds for us to explore. It is FUN!

I teach theory, composition, and improvisation to students of all instruments, even instruments I do not play. I love working with violinists, vocalists, even dulcimer players. I am also available to tutor those who are prepping for high school and college.

My basic chord function theory course is twelve lessons / assignments. With that information students have the knowledge to progress to analytical and improvisational concepts. With some time and effort, everyone I've taught has learned it happily and easily.

About Phillip
I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and
excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

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I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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Carmen & Ethan J. January 12, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My 8 years found him funny and helpful. They got a lot out of their lesson so far and are wishing they could see him more than once a week 😊
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Bonnie R. May 10, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Happy Teachers Day! You are a great ukulele instructor and make learning fun. I am having a great time. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. Keep on plucking :)
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Jeri A. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Phillip is extremely knowledgeable in music. He is able to keep me on track of what my goal is and keeps me from wandering into areas that I am not ready for and wasting time. He stretches me in the written music, rhythm and timing. He is pulling me out of my slump.
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About Eli H.

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About Eli
Eli has been been a professional touring and studio musician for over 15 years and has had the pleasure of traveling internationally and performing many styles of music with many different people.

Growing up in a musical household resulted in an early start to Eli’s musical career. It allowed him to become a studio and live drummer at the age of 14, and has been performing and recording ever since.

Selected for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in high school he then continued his musical education by attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cincinnati College Conservatory of music.

Eli Has been Teaching for over 15 years and is always looking forward to teaching new students how to be a better musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
Rock to Jazz, Gospel to Latin, from brand new beginner to advanced student,
study DRUMS, BASS, UKULELE, OR GUITAR at your pace under the care of a patient and experienced teacher.

You will get to play on your instrument EVERY LESSON, and I will have you rocking out to your favorite songs in no time at all.

I am currently accepting new students:

I differ from many of the other teachers offering music lessons
in a number of ways:

Playing and teaching are
two distinctly different crafts and I strive for excellence in both.

My passion for music is boundless and I am adept at motivating my students to achieve their personal musical goals whatever they may be.

I offer 1/2 hour or hour lessons in your Home.

BFA - From Cincinnati Conservatory Music
• 15+ years experience

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*** Travel Equipment ***
GUITAR
If teaching Guitar i will provide my guitar but the student should have his/her own guitar.

UKULELE
I will provide my own Ukulele but the student should have his/her own Ukulele
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BASS
I will provide my own Bass but the student should have his/her own Bass guitar.

DRUMS
Student must have a drum-set or snare drum to work on at their home.

PERCUSSION
Student must have some percussion instruments to learn on.

*** Specialties ***
Drum: beginner - professional Guitar and Bass: beginner- intermediate

I can teach a variety of styles from Jazz to Metal to Bossa Nova and Cumbia. Ukulele Beginner-Intermediate I have been playing in many different bands both live and in the studio since the age of 14.

So I can cover a lot of ground when it comes to concepts and genres.
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Joshua June 15, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
Very patient and fun to work with!
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BeckyO November 1, 2010
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Eli has been awesome. My son is really enjoying his lessons and feels so happy with his progress every week. Eli obviously has skills AND he knows how to share them. We couldn't be happier.
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HeatherP July 20, 2010
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Very good with young children

My son is 4 years old and has only had two sessions with Eli however, he does a very good job of communicating with him on his level and keeping his focus. He also has given him practice exercises which seem to do the trick.
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About Mark F.

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I teach basic to intermediate theory, tertiary harmony, intervals, chord constriction, chord progressions, and ear training.

About Mark
I am a lifelong lover of music and education. I will use my 41years of performance experience to show students how to play guitar, bass, or sing, but more importantly, how to enjoy those things!

I believe music is, first and foremost a source of joy, and my lessons are designed to bring that about. Whether you desire to be a full-time rock star, or just a hobbyist, playing in your church praise band, I can show you how to do it, and have a great time doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are individualized, based on the needs of the student. I teach all ages, all styles. For guitar, I prefer beginning, or intermediate students, although I think I can help the advanced player as well.

Bass- I teach all ages and skill levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools, Reason, cakewalk pro, Garage Band, and many other software p
rograms, Samsung laptop and two Dell PCs,

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation, funk, pop/rock, recording techniques, rhythm section,
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Eric S. September 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mark teaches from different perspectives, excellent first lesson and I'm looking forward to being his student for future lessons!
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Emily F. May 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Unfortunately, yesterday was my last lesson with Mark, as I am moving to Guam. I would definitely not be giving up my weekly lesson with him if that weren't the case! I've learned so much in the short couple months taking lessons from him. I would recommend him to anyone of any skill level. Very helpful and kind. :)
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As a vocalist it is important to also be able to read and write music. Learning theory will give you a more opportunities as a musician. It will also strengthen your appreciation for your instrument.

Learning theory will able you to translate written note from sheet music into vocal song. Basically...you'll be a magician!

About Reina
******NOTE: Online singing lessons are awesome. You will have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable environment, on your schedule, without travel time to and from your lesson!!!

Lessons available Sunday - Thursday.

Register today to reserve your spot for the school year. Also, be sure to check out all the classes I teach through the TakeLessons Live classroom*****

Hi, I'm Reina and I'm obsessed with the voice instrument! I have over 20 years of music experience, as a vocalist and performer. I've been teaching voice lessons since 2005.

Below is a list of FAQ's - if you have further questions beyond what is listed feel free to contact me through the Ask a Question feature on my profile.

Where can I take voice lessons?
Currently lessons are available online.

What will I learn in my lessons?
You will learn how to care
for, and properly play your instrument. We will start with basic exercises and drills, and move into more advanced techniques as you progress in your skill sets.

What if I'm a beginner?
Totally fine! I teach all levels beginning through professional. The voice is an instrument just like any other instrument and must be learned in the same manner, from the beginning!

Can I try the first class Free?
No, but you will get a FREE lesson on your birthday and for each friend you refer that purchases a 5-pack of lessons.

What is your teaching style?
I am more than your voice teacher. I am your coach, your friend, your, mentor and peer. You are your voice, and in order for me to properly teach, you have to trust me. We will build a rapport as you grow your instrument in confidence, strength and flexibility.

Are there added bonuses to taking singing lessons?!
Yes! Proper breathing is a guaranteed ab workout, singing can improve your speaking voice, and you'll have a better sense of self understanding by learning how to better control your instrument. Not to mention all the unplanned karaoke you can take part in!

A little more about the teacher:
I've been a singer since as long as I can remember. I never wanted anything else. I started as a beginner by imitating my favorite artists. I performed a lot as a child, and stopped performing for a while in my teen years due to stage fright and the such. During that time I started songwriting and recording, I studied music in college, graduated and started performing again as a solo artist. I joined a few bands, they all broke up. I licked my wounds and now I'm a happy, recording, performing, songwriting, teaching, voice-over, and producing vocalist.
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· Singing · Online
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· Singing · Online
I have started to take lessons through Take Lessons live and started working with Reina. She is truly awesome, patient, and understanding. I highly recommend her classes.
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jasmine June 22, 2017
· Singing · Online
We love her she is very patience and knowledge person I will decently continue lessons with her for ever ❤️
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Students will learn about the basic elements of music construction, and the common utilized techniques used in music analysis and composition.

About Brad
I am an accomplished musician with over 20 years of music education experience. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I studied with distinguished masters in all areas of band and orchestra instrumentation; I also pursued advanced study in Music Theory / Composition.

I taught privately and in the public schools, working with students of all ages, & ability levels, including students with special learning / performance needs. "Having myself been diagnosed with ADHD and other cognitive learning difficulties, I understand the struggles of focus and frustration students with special needs encounter."

I am currently the Principal Tuba with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Aurora, Colorado, and perform regularly with athletic bands at the University of Denver. My performance
career has covered both concert & marching bands, both large & small, orchestras and brass and woodwind ensembles of all types & sizes.
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Justin June 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Brad is great! My son really enjoys taking lessons from him and we can hear the improvement!!
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I took all major theory classes while obtaining my degree in music.

About Justin
I am a music degree graduate who loves both playing and teaching music. I come from a family of musicians so music is a part of who I am.
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Patricia T. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
The best piano Instructor by far . I really like his teaching Style. I believe I'm on my way to the coming a great piano player . I'm excited and I'm looking forward to my next lessons!
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Aiden K. August 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! My teacher was very professional and friendly. I look forward to my next lesson!
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Kassidy M. July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Justin is a very gentleman and has a calmness about him. Great start. My daughter felt very comfortable with him.
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As a music teacher I have a great love and passion for music theory. I feel like it is such an important part of learning any musical instrument that so many students seem to struggle with. I like to take a fun but structured approach to learning music theory. I work with each individual student to help them develop personal goals to work towards whether that is working through a theory book, preparing for a theory exam, polishing their ear training or even just strengthening what they already know. I hope to help you take your music theory knowledge to the next level!

About Jill
I am a harpist, pianist, arranger, composer, performer and lover of music. With over 10 years of experience teaching both piano and harp lessons. Although I graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho with a Bachelors in visual communication, I have continued to stretch my skills as musician and teacher.

I perform frequently and love sharing my passion for the harp and piano through teaching so others can also experience having these beautiful instruments in their lives.

I teach piano and harp students of all different ages and experience levels, although I have an especially great love for teaching children and youth. I studied classical piano for over 12 years, and classic harp for over 11 years. A huge part of my music education was focused on theory and as a result I have a great love of having a strong foundation in musica
l theory.

I strive to help my students develop a love music that can last throughout their entire life while still learning proper technique and theory. I strive to help students set individual goals and then structure lessons to help these students reach each of their dreams.

I really enjoy composing and arranging so something that I especially love to do is help students play music and songs that they want to by arranging music specifically to their individual levels and skills. I've found that this not only helps motivate students but also adds an extra fun aspect to our lessons.

My passion is sharing my love of music with those around me. I would love the chance to meet you and hopefully share this passion with you!
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I'm a very experienced musician and music teacher. I've been a pianist since I was 5, a composer since I was 10, and I played the violin seriously for a while in there as well. I did my undergrad at Stanford, as well a masters there in Music, Science, and Technology, and I'm currently finishing up my PhD in Music Composition at UCSB.

More importantly, I've been teaching music for 10 years. This has included private piano, violin, and theory / composition lessons, and more recently has also included teaching musicianship classes at UCSB.

I think my greatest strengths as a teacher are my ability to understand where each student is coming from, my enthusiasm for all sorts of knowledge and the way things interconnect, and my sense of humor. In evaluations for classes I've TA'd, I always get especially strong scores for clarity of presentation. So if you're finding yourself lost in a fog, I'll find a way of dispersing it!

About Marc
I'm a composer, and I chose this career partly as an excuse keep exploring all the other subjects I find interesting. Most of my pieces start with an extramusical idea – perhaps related to math, literature, programming, psychology, economics, you name it. I then explore and implement this idea as a computer program, and use that program to create a piece.

I've been incredibly lucky in the education I've received. I did my undergrad at Stanford, where I majored in music (composition and piano performance), but I also took a wide variety of classes while I was there, including physics, honors math, psychology, linguistics, computer science, among other things. I never resented general education requirements, because they were an excuse to take classes I otherwise might not make time for.

After my undergrad, I stayed at Stanford to do a
Master's Degree in Music, Science, and Technology. I then took a couple of years off of school, tutoring both privately and at an after-school program for low-income students. The latter was incredibly rewarding, and I worked with students on any and all academic subjects they were struggling with. Finally, I decided it was time to go back to school and really devote myself to composing. I have been a PhD student at UCSB for several years now, and it has been a blast.

All this is to say that I've been tutoring people in all sorts of subjects for almost 10 years: piano, violin, music theory and composition, high school math, calculus, physics, writing, literature, SAT prep. I think that because of my eclectic interests, I can help students make unusual and interesting connections between and within different subject areas. I have experience teaching all ages, from kids to retired doctors who want to learn to compose.

When I took my first tutoring job, I remember feeling that it was crazy that I was getting payed to do something that I was enjoying so much. Teaching is a true passion of mine, and will certainly be part of my life for years to come.
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Goleta, CA 93117
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4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help … Read More

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory

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