Chris Pitts
Seattle, WA
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Chris Pitts

Chris P.

Seattle, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If college taught me anything it's that there's no one right way to look at music or learn music theory. The trick for me was having a hunger for the knowledge. That being said, learning music theory begins with understanding why you are learning it. By removing obstacles and getting you out of your own way you may just find that music theory is not about rules and conventions but the quest to understand music, what works for you, what doesn't and from there you can apply it to whatever higher purpose you are learning for. Music theory is not just a written language, it's a way to convey and understand musical ideas so that music can happen.

About Chris P.

Music is simply part of my blood and for me music is theatre, drama, tension, release, story and this is why I love musicals so much.

My first instruments were ukelele and guitar when I was about six years old and I was in choirs before kindergarten all the way through college. In Jr. High I taught myself piano and took formal lessons throughout high school and college. I was also fortunate enough to have been able to acquire around ten different brass and reed instruments and became very familiar with them which has helped my orchestration immensely. Currently I am focusing on French horn and cello.

To date I have produced my own work, helped produce a friend's work, conducted choirs and chamber ensembles, orchestrated and arranged scores for professional theatre, worked at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, and have written 5 musicals to date.

I'm not perfect. I struggle with ADHD and depression and have had to develop methods and habits to overcome my own road blocks and so have many tools to offer the unconventional student.

My world has revolved around music and though I haven't taught it as much I have spent most of my adult life as a teacher in one form or another. Over the last 7 years I have worked professionally as a personal trainer and swim instructor and have helped people get through frustration and burnout to reach their goals. It's funny how applicable the skills I picked up there really are to music but alas my passion is not in fitness, it's in music and theatre so here I am.

When contacting me, please do not ask me to contact you outside of take lessons. There is a lot of phishing teachers get on this site and it's not possible to tell what is and what isn't a scam so I do report all messages requesting an outside email or phone call. Thank you for your understanding.

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Experience

Conductor
Jun 2008 - Jul 2009

Chinook Winds Double Woodwind Quintet

Intern
Jul 2007 - Feb 2008

5th Avenue Theatre

Worked with the music director. Helped develop the music library, created arrangements for rehearsals and promotions, helped teach child outreach programs, assisted in auditions, and created lead sheets.

Education

Music Composition
Aug 2003 - Jul 2007

Cornish College of the Arts

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