- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The first step is to master the fundamentals: notes, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, terminology and correct notation. Students then learn rhythm; the structure of chords; harmonic progression and syntax; cadences; and phrasing.
If a student is interested in classical music, study will include the construction and creation of melody; counterpoint; form and structure; solfege; and the analysis of each of these aspects of music in the actual repertoire of classical music.
In all cases, particular attention will be paid to understanding the sound and meaning of music.
Experience playing an instrument is highly encouraged, although not required. Ear training is an ideal pairing to get the most of studying theory.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 12+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.
When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.
I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition, music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
Lessons in electric guitar, acoustic guitar, music theory, applied musicianship. songwriting and composition.
Classical composition lessons to undergraduate and graduate conservatory students.
Graduate course instructor in applied musicianship.
Tutoring and remedial education in applied musicianship and music theory, and conducting.
Tutored students one-on-one in music theory and ear training.
Private instructor in electric, acoustic and classical guitar.
Licensed to teach music in public schools at all levels. License number: 494286
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.
I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.+ Read More
Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.
Brendan was patient and thoughtful with teaching me the uke! He was able to fix my strumming online almost immediately.