Colin O'Donohoe
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Colin O'Donohoe

Colin O.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Why hire me?

Imagine for a moment that you need emergency heart surgery. Would you want your surgeon to have been taught by doctors who have only read about heart surgery, or taught by doctors who have both read about it AND continue operating?

Your music comes from your heart, entrust it to professionals who can care for it and help it flourish!

Make sure when hiring a teacher that your professional has
1) Theoretical knowledge (Book Smart)
2) Practical knowledge (is still working in the field)
3) the ability to teach.

These three factors are essential in hiring a great teacher for you or your loved one to grow best.

Drum Set is my strongest instrument. I have performed all over the world and love every time I get behind the kit.

I can work with you from the first time you put your set together all the way through auditioning for a pro gig or grad school.

Through my travels I have learned diverse styles including become a master of odd meters. I can play many latin grooves and have studied from the masters in Brazil.

I began as a rocker and can help anyone who wants to go that route. While in Turkey I performed weekly in a killer biker band and loved it.

Funk is one of my favorite styles and I can help you lay down a fat groove.

I believe strength comes from proper technique and limb independence. I will teach you how to read. We will go over many exercises designed to give you independence and power to play in any style and any situation.

Some highlights of my performance credits include:
Alice Cooper
Eddie Daniels
Clark Terry
Ray Brown
Porto da Pedra
Manguera

About Colin O.

Why hire me?

Imagine for a moment that you need emergency heart surgery. Would you want your surgeon to have been taught by doctors who have only read about heart surgery, or taught by doctors who have both read about it AND continue operating?

Your music comes from your heart, entrust it to professionals who can care for it and help it flourish!

Make sure when hiring a teacher that your professional has
1) Theoretical knowledge (Book Smart)
2) Practical knowledge (is still working in the field)
3) the ability to teach.

These three factors are essential in hiring a great teacher for you or your loved one to grow best.

My Work:
I have travelled the world performing, conducting, teaching, and composing. It has been a blessing to live and work in what I love and I want to help you do the same.
Some highlights of my performing and composing are:
Music composer for "The Dr. Oz Show", NASCAR, and "Access Hollywood".
International classical composition commissions from Holland and Turkey.
Music performances throughout the US, Brazil, Japan, Mongolia, Ireland, South Korea, Iceland, Holland, Germany, and Turkey!

While I enjoy a range of styles, I am able to hone in and focus on your genre to get you the results you want. I get very vested in my students and celebrate vicariously when I see you attain new heights in music.


My Teaching:
I have taught private lessons throughout my career. I began teaching students in the late 1990's and have continued up to today. While online teaching is a new endeavor, private teaching is a love I have had for decades.
Students of mine have gone on to work with professional ensembles and write songs for celebrities.

Education and more can be found on my profile.

I can also point you towards many more videos upon request.

Let's talk and get started on this path together :)
Want to know something about me? Just ask.

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Peter
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I have known Colin for over 2 decades and he is the most knowledgeable and talented in his field of all that I have interacted with.

Posted Jun 4, 2020
Tyler
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I have had a perfect experience with Colin. He has always has great customer service and everything has gone very smoothly. He takes his job extremely seriously and I have always felt like my learning is his first priority. Highly recommend!

Posted Jun 1, 2020

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Experience

Music Composer
Oct 2016 - Present

Cobalt Blue Media

In 2016 I changed companies and continued to write music for media. I've composed music for: NASCAR, Access Hollywood, CCTV (Chinese Television), and more.

Film and TV Composer
Sep 2011 - Apr 2016

Ocean Media, LLC

I began writing music cues professionally in 2011. My first show was "The Dr. Oz Show". I went on to write for many others.

Education

Master's of Arts Management
Jun 2004 - May 2006

Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Performance
Aug 1996 - May 2000

Arizona State University

Music Theory and Composition, Drum Set, Piano
Jun 1992 - Jun 1996

Eastman School of Music

Languages

Laotian

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Turkish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Scratch DJ 2020
Dec 2014

Scratch Academy

While living and working for TV in Manhattan I enrolled in battle DJ coursework at Scratch Academy. During my time I was taught turntable technique from famous DJs and gained an in-depth knowledge of hip hop.

Awards

Volunteer in the Arts
Apr 2006

WQED

Orff Certified Teacher
Jul 2000

American Orff-Schulwerk Association

Affiliations

BMI
Apr 2011
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
ASCAP
Feb 2001
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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