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Brendon R.
Brooklyn, New York
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Cultivate, ground, translate your musical inspiration with an award-winning, Yale-educated composer
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Do you have flashes of inspiration and feel compelled or called to write music, but find it difficult to finish anything or write consistently? Are you frustrated by the process of translating or communicating your musical ideas? Do you hear music in your head and want to write it down and/or have others play it? I teach composition and songwriting with a focus on: 1. Understanding your musical context and how to both honor it and steal effectively from it; 2. Capturing, expanding on, and sculpting your musical ideas; 3. Translating and communicating your ideas clearly and efficiently to listeners and other performers. Lessons are highly personalized to the individual student, with potential topics including music theory, aural skills, working with music software (Logic, Sibelius, Ableton Live), musical form, transcription, arrangement, notation, and collaboration.
About Brendon R.

I hold music degrees from the Yale School of Music, Pomona College, and La Universidad de Chile. I play guitar with orchestras and chamber ensembles, metal and indie bands, and in opera/musical theater pits, and I have performed in concert halls and festivals around the world, including the Barbican Theatre (London), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Ellnora Guitar Festival (Champagne-Urbana, IL). I write music for classical performers (Chicago Symphony, Omaha Symphony), cross-genre/experimental groups (Bang on a Can, Dither), film scores (Swimming with Stones, Docked), and my metal band Scarcity. My work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, New York State Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and ASCAP. I have taught music extensively for the past 15+ years in a variety of settings, and look forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.

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Composition
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Brendon is amazing teacher. Between running my business and raising a family, I don’t have much time for practice, but Brendon always helps me to catch up if my practice takes a back seat for a week or two. He creates supportive atmosphere and after the lesson I am always reinvigorated to practice more.

Posted May 4, 2022
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Brendan is a great instructor. He has quickly learned my son's skill level and adapted his teaching to it, finding practice material that is beneficial as well as enjoyable for him. Olive is really enjoying his weekly lessons with Brendon.

Posted Mar 28, 2022
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Great very informative

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

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Instructor details
Composition
Teaches 9 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Jackson St
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
60 minutes
$80
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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