Aashray Harishankar

Aashray H.

Irvine, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I come from a jazz background in piano, so the focus for my class is more on understanding the instrument as an extension of your hands. While many classical pianists focus on the written music and technique, I will focus more on using the piano as a tool for creation and for expression. Technique will still be involved as it is important to develop good habits and will make playing easier, but my ultimate goal is to allow each student to better express their artistry. For beginners I start with scales and simple progressions, then lead to larger topics on theory that will help understand the instrument and improvise.

About Aashray H.

I am a professional pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Arts in Music & Technology and am pursuing my MFA as a Performer-Composer at CalArts in Valencia, CA.

With my diverse background in both the technical and creative arts, I will be able to help build a foundation of musical knowledge that will allow students to explore areas from theory & performance to production and innovation, all with a musical focus.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. My background is mainly in Carnatic (South Indian classical) music, which I have been playing on the keyboard for 15 years now, but I have been playing and performing jazz piano for the past 8 years as well. I have been performing with my band, "In the Works" for the past 2 years in the NYC area, and I also play with another band that performs often in the tristate area, so I have a lot of experience with live shows that I can also offer. I specialize in teaching students to read and play contemporary & jazz music using chord sheets, but more importantly, I can help you attain a deeper level of understanding of the music that most piques your interest, allowing you to tackle any challenge.

My teaching style combines theory, piano, composition, and production to give students a more comprehensive understanding of music and how they can find their voice within it. My personal passion is contemporary music but I feeI that any musician can benefit from guided study, analysis, and practice in all different genres and styles of art. Making these connections is where I feel I have the most impact with my students, and I look forward to meeting and growing as musicians together!

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Amazing knowledge and unique vision when it comes to arrangement and composition in many genres.

Posted Jul 23, 2019

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Experience

Music Director
Jan 2020 - Present

KCIA - CalArts Radio

Keeping music and equipment organized in studio for hosts to access.

Live Sound Engineer
Jan 2020 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Doing sound for recitals and shows on campus.

Teaching Assistant - Music Theory
Sep 2019 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Tutor and graduate teaching assistant for music theory.

Composer / Producer
Jan 2011 - Present

Escapist Music

Freelance composer, producer, and audio engineer for any and all projects involving audio editing, mixing, sound design, music arrangement and composition, and live performance.

Runner / Studio Assistant
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

Remote Control Productions

Responsible for upkeep of studio facilities and assisting composers, producers, etc. with daily tasks. Worked at the front desk, as a studio runner, and as an administrative assistant. Responsible for important tasks vital to the smooth facilitation of studio operations.

Intern
Jan 2018 - May 2018

Studio Center

Assisted with studio setup and breakdown. Assisted with sessions, including setting up microphone for talent, working with ISDN network, and editing VO spots.

Tutor
Jan 2015 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Taught music theory, composition, and piano studies.

Studio Assistant / Monitor
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Responsible for 1) Setting up of private studio room, with audio equipment cabinet, speaker set, and CD rack. 2) Setting up and assisting during sessions. 3) Setting up and repair of equipment in room (pianos, desks, mix board) 4) Organizing papers for repertoire 5) Setting up equipment in music studio for teaching use 6) Checking out of equipment (microphones, cables, etc.) and organization of studio

Education

Performer-Composer
Aug 2019 - Present

California Institute of the Arts

Music & Technology
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Arts
Aug 2018

Stevens Institute of Technology

Affiliations

SoundExchange
Jun 2019
SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels. It’s our job to ensure that these artists and copyright holders are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.
Society of Composers and Lyricists
Aug 2018
The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.
Audio Engineering Society
Oct 2016
Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
ASCAP
Jun 2015
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.
Grammy University Network
Aug 2014
GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because we are part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

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