Brendon Randall-Myers

Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY
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Brendon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
June 2009

I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).

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Experience

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Yale School of Music

I was a TA for two undergraduate electronic music classes - Introduction to Electronic Music, and Advanced Topics in Electronic Music
• Assisted professor in course organization, preparation of course materials, and grading
• Led two sections of 4-5 student labs
• Provided individual instruction in MAX/MSP, Jitter, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro.

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Teaching Artist
Oct 2012 - May 2014
Yale School of Music

• Taught group guitar, composition and rock band classes
• Provided individual instruction and private lessons
• Oversaw individual and ensemble performances

Guitar/Music Theory Instructor
Oct 2010 - Jul 2012
Vibo Music School

• Taught private lessons in classical, jazz, folk and rock styles to beginner, intermediate and advanced students
• Led group classes in beginning guitar and musicianship
• Provided individual test preparation for the ABRSM Music Theory exam

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Education

MM, Composition
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Yale School of Music
B.M., Music
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Pomona College

Languages

Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teacher Training Level 1
Aug 2010
The Walden School

The Walden School's Teacher Training Institute is based upon The Walden School Musicianship Course, an original approach to teaching the fundamentals of music with an emphasis on creative application, specifically through music improvisation and composition. In addition, the course offers activity-based methods for developing high-level fluency with theoretical concepts and effective methods for teaching ear training.

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Awards

Morton Gould Young Composer Award
Apr 2014
ASCAP Foundation

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2010

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.

Photos & Videos

My group Invisible Anatomy performs at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
My band Marateck performing at Roulette in Brooklyn.
The Mobius Trio performing my guitar trio, Making Good Choices.
Performing with composer Fay Wang in a residency at Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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Performing with jazz fusion/classical/video game music ensemble The Disco Cactus.

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Bearded, no less.

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13 Reviews

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Kelly C. Jul 11, 2017
Composition · Online

What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!

Kelly C. Jun 26, 2017
Composition · Online

My first lesson with Brendon was far beyond what I was expecting.. It was inspiring, he was extremely attentive and friendly, and clearly has a very deep knowledge of music.. I'm very excited to continue working with him.. !

justin May 13, 2017
Guitar · Online

Very good teacher! Informative and flexible. Great for self-motivated and curious students.

Eddie M. May 6, 2017
Guitar · In home

Excellent experience!

Basile Mar 28, 2017
Guitar · In home

Brendon has to teach to my 8 yo boy who doesn't speak english yet. It is not easy but he does it very well. My son was glad to play guitar and to learn with Brendon.

Jamie C. Mar 5, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Very effecient class. Brendon knows how to teach very well!

marc Feb 26, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

Nothing but good things to say about Brendon. Aside from his insane talent as a composer and musician, he was phenom with our son Max. A few thoughts below...

We knew Brendon was the right person to help our son Max on day one with TakeLessons, when we wrote to 4 or 5 potential instructors. The other folks wrote back and just said 'sure, I'm here, happy to help'. But Brendon wrote back with thoughts about the pieces Max needed to learn for his audition, a rough outline of a plan, and shared enough about himself that we knew he had truly 'heard' what we needed were looking for. That kind of thoughtfulness is unique.

Brendon is great with kids, and created instant rapport with Max over the video lessons. Brendon will always spend a little extra time than budgeted, which is appreciated. And his scheduling was flexible which always helps with us busy families. We did a few in person lessons and Max came away inspired - for classical guitar but also for music in general. Max's skills grew throughout, and he never resisted practicing; he looked forward to the lessons and the chance to talk about some guitar-related thing with Brendon.

Brendon isn't a big disciplinarian so after a few weeks I had a little chat with Max about what it means to respect your teacher, even if they seem young and cool and are on video. That's something I think parents need to monitor a little.

Recommended w/o any hesitation. If you have Brendon in mind you're headed in the right direction for sure. -MR

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Sabina S. Feb 20, 2017
Classical Guitar · Online

I have been working with Brendon for about 2 years now. He is not only incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of guitar (composition, scales, classical pieces, finger-strengthening exercises, etc.), he is also an incredibly patient and dedicated instructor who really listens to the student's needs and helps fill them. His repertoire of songs, exercises, and general guitar knowledge have helped me understand the instrument in a multitude of different ways. I have had many guitar instructors before, but never someone who was so incredibly flexible and patient and willing to help when it comes to someone who has a busy schedule who is still interested in learning a complex instrument. He's definitely the best instructor I've ever had, and I look forward to continuing to work with him for a long time.

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Patrice O. Mar 11, 2015
Songwriting · Online

Brendon is amazing! He's very professional and encouraging. He's actually inspired me to pursue songwriting as a career!

Patrice O. Feb 10, 2015
Songwriting · Online

The lessons with Brendon were very excellent. I was very, very satisfied.

Sabina S. Jan 25, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

Brendon is a really excellent teacher who caters to the student in terms of skill level, musical interest, and time constraints. Also he's super patient and nice! I have already learned so much from him! He's terrific

steve A. Nov 19, 2014
Music Recording · Online

I've had a great experience working with Brendon. He's been reliable, and explains things very well. He's been able to tailor the lesson plan to exactly what I need. I am much further ahead than I expected to be at this point, thanks to him.I give him the highest recommendation.

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Maria D. Nov 3, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Brendon is very knowledgeable in Music Theory. We have been working on Schenkerian analysis. He assigns helpful assignments and readings each week to guide my learning.

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