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Lawrence, KS
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Brock C.

Lawrence, KS
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Every student is different and no two students should be taught the same. During our first meeting we'll discuss your goals, interests and past experiences with music. Based on that conversation we'll create a custom curriculum built around your interests and what you want to learn.

In my five years as a private and group piano instructor, I have taught all ages and skill levels. From a five-year-old to a retired microbiology professor, from beginners who have never touched a piano to students competing at the State and National levels. I feel confident teaching any age and skill level.

Most of my professional experience is in jazz piano and pop/rock music, but am confident in teaching classical music and more contemporary pieces as well as lecturing about music theory and composition.

About Brock C.

Hey there, I'm Brock! Here's a little more about me:
I'm an active composer and professional jazz pianist in the Lawrence/Kansas City area and have been a private piano instructor for over six years. Recently I finished my graduate program at the University of Kansas and have a Master's Degree in Music Composition where I specialized in jazz, film music, and writing for piano education.

During my time at KU, I was awarded two Student Music Awards in DownBeat magazine for composition in jazz writing categories in both large ensemble writing, and small group writing. I was also named as an honorable mention in the 2017 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions for his piece, "Down to the Wire.", and has arranged large jazz ensemble pieces for Kneebody, Walter Smith Jr. III, Sons of Brasil, and Alaturka. Brock was also named 2nd Place in the Kansas Choral Composition Prize for his SATB piece from Christina Rossetti’s poem, “Echo.”

Last year I composed original music for the Museum of Modern Art’s short film series, “How To See” which was listed in the British Film Institute’s list of the Best Video Essays of 2019. I've also worked with American Filmmaker, Brandon Daley's short films "Savasana" which was premiered at the 2016 Slamdance film festival in Utah, "Chicken Tuesdays”, and “Technology Lake” which was one of twelve films selected to compete at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

My work recently has been focused on writing original educational piano literature. In the middle of June 2020 I'll be publishing two piano books of recital solos written for late beginners through early intermediate students called: Five-Finger Jazz! Books 1 and 2.

As a performer, I've played jazz piano professionally for several years and was the pianist for KU's top Jazz ensemble when they were awarded "Best Collegiate Large Jazz Ensemble" - Graduate Category in Downbeat Magazine in 2017. I've also played with KU Jazz Ensemble I twice at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and twice at the Jazz à Vienne in Vienne, France.

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Sara
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My 10 year old son has taken piano lessons with Brock for three years. When my son started lessons, he could not read notes. Brock has been an excellent teacher and my son has learned so much. He now knows how to play numerous intermediate level songs. Brock does a great job with helping my son maintain his interest in playing and practicing the piano. He makes sure to find songs that my son loves to play including some of the popular music on the radio today. I would recommend Brock as a piano teacher for any child or adult.

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Laura
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Brock has always been professional, punctual, and respectful during his home visits to give our 12 and 10 year old piano lessons over the last couple of years. During that time he has taught our kids and they have performed classical repertoire, jazz tunes, improvised on stage and pop songs. We recommend him highly to anyone interested in the piano.

Posted Jun 2, 2020

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Experience

Private and Group Piano Instructor
Aug 2015 - May 2020

Lawrence Piano Studio

I taught private piano lessons and group piano classes for several years. Students ranging from very beginner to advanced as well as all age groups.

Private and Group Piano Instructor
Aug 2017 - May 2018

Music House

I taught private piano lessons and lead group piano classes.

Education

Master of Music in Music Composition
Aug 2016 - May 2018

University of Kansas

Bachelor of Music in Music Composition
Aug 2009 - May 2014

University of Kansas

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

2019 British Film Institute's List of Best Video Essays - MOMA's "How to See"
Dec 2019

British Film Institute

2nd Place in 2017 Kansas Choral Composition Prize
Jan 2017

Kansas Choral Composition Prize

Honorable Mention in 2016 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions
Apr 2016

New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions

2016 Downbeat Magazine - Student Music Award for Original Jazz Composition - Large Ensemble
Apr 2016

Downbeat Magazine

2015 Downbeat Magazine - Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Ensemble
Apr 2015

Downbeat Magazine

2013 Downbeat Magazine - Student Music Award for Original Jazz Composition
Apr 2013

Downbeat Magazine

Affiliations

National Federation of Music Clubs
Aug 2018
Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.
ASCAP
Aug 2014
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.

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