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Colton D.
New York, New York
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Learn how to play the piano and become a better musician quickly
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Learn piano from a NYU Professor. I have 5+ years of piano teaching experience in a variety of styles. I specialize in beginner and advanced piano. All ages are welcome! Every lesson will have customized curriculum to help achieve the goals each student sets. In no time you will be playing music and will have learnt foundations in music theory, note reading, ear training, technique, and general musicality! Not only will you learn to play the piano, you will also learn how to be a diversified musician and music lover!
About Colton D.

I am a Composer and Pianist based in New York City. My background as a classical and jazz trained pianist, music director, and music administrator contribute to my understanding of the collaborative nature of music-making. I work with a wide variety of media, like film, video games, and dance. I believe it is very important for every composer or pianist to be able to tune into their collaborators’ creative impulses, intimately understand their vision, and craft music that heightens the impact of the work. Composition students can expect to learn the tools you need to be a composer in the 21st century. Through our lessons we will find your style and voice and write music that will help you achieve your goals. Not only will you learn how to compose, you will also be learning a lot about music theory, orchestration, music history, and music technology. If you want to write music for an orchestra, a band, become a songwriter, a producer, a film scorer, or even make music for video games, this is the place for you! Piano students of all ages and experience levels can expect to learn how to play the piano in whatever style they want, while learning about all forms of music and becoming a better musician. You will learn how to have the confidence to play something in front of your friends and will learn the language to talk about and appreciate all forms of music. If you’re considering being a pianist as a career, we will dive into the tools and marketing of becoming a career pianist. I have been teaching private piano and composition lessons for 5+ years and now teach at NYU as a professor in the Screen Scoring department. As a working artist I have written music for multiple films, games, dances, advertisements and have performed as a pianist in multiple albums and even more soundtracks. I also have worked alongside many famous composers as their assistant and have a lot of insight on the music industry. I received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in piano performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music, and have also received a Masters of Music in Screen Scoring at New York University. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals and becoming friends along the way!

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Colton D.
New York, New York
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Learn how to play the piano and become a better musician quickly
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Learn piano from a NYU Professor. I have 5+ years of piano teaching experience in a variety of styles. I specialize in beginner and advanced piano. All ages are welcome! Every lesson will have customized curriculum to help achieve the goals each student sets. In no time you will be playing music and will have learnt foundations in music theory, note reading, ear training, technique, and general musicality! Not only will you learn to play the piano, you will also learn how to be a diversified musician and music lover!
About Colton D.

I am a Composer and Pianist based in New York City. My background as a classical and jazz trained pianist, music director, and music administrator contribute to my understanding of the collaborative nature of music-making. I work with a wide variety of media, like film, video games, and dance. I believe it is very important for every composer or pianist to be able to tune into their collaborators’ creative impulses, intimately understand their vision, and craft music that heightens the impact of the work. Composition students can expect to learn the tools you need to be a composer in the 21st century. Through our lessons we will find your style and voice and write music that will help you achieve your goals. Not only will you learn how to compose, you will also be learning a lot about music theory, orchestration, music history, and music technology. If you want to write music for an orchestra, a band, become a songwriter, a producer, a film scorer, or even make music for video games, this is the place for you! Piano students of all ages and experience levels can expect to learn how to play the piano in whatever style they want, while learning about all forms of music and becoming a better musician. You will learn how to have the confidence to play something in front of your friends and will learn the language to talk about and appreciate all forms of music. If you’re considering being a pianist as a career, we will dive into the tools and marketing of becoming a career pianist. I have been teaching private piano and composition lessons for 5+ years and now teach at NYU as a professor in the Screen Scoring department. As a working artist I have written music for multiple films, games, dances, advertisements and have performed as a pianist in multiple albums and even more soundtracks. I also have worked alongside many famous composers as their assistant and have a lot of insight on the music industry. I received a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in piano performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Masters Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music, and have also received a Masters of Music in Screen Scoring at New York University. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your musical goals and becoming friends along the way!

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I learned a lot about the basics of film scoring, specific technologies to use, how the industry works, and how to write for lots of different genres of film!! It was a great experience and I grew a lot!

Posted Oct 24, 2021
Adjunct Professor
Aug 2020 - Present
NYU
Create and teach a 4 credit undergraduate course in media scoring • Education in technical aspects of scoring, ie., programs such as ProTools, Cubase, VEP, Kontakt, and other related software • Lessons focused in scoring for different types of media, ie., Film, TV, Games, Ads
Assistant Composer
Jan 2019 - Present
Paul Chihara
Create temp tracks and new cues out of existing work Mockup, edit, and mix music Orchestrate, co-compose, arrange, copy, and transcribe music Create and maintain library of music for distribution Manage, teach, and research all studio tech - including remote file/desktop sharing Update templates, cue sheets, and website
Assistant Music Director
Jul 2018 - Present
Vail Dance Festival
This job entailed the following responsibilities: • Liaison between the music department, artistic director, and the production, rehearsal, and management departments • Manage musicians and organize musician logistics, i.e. backline, transportation, practice times, and library needs • Organize and run all rehearsals with musicians • Play piano for pre-festival ballet masterclasses and substituting for ballet accompanist • Assist the composer in residence, Caroline Shaw, in various compositional tasks such as: editing DAW sessions, collaborating in writing, taking notes in rehearsals, running recording sessions • Assist in the creation of music for pieces being premiered at VDF by collaborating with artist in rehearsal • Create and prepare arrangements for the ensembles • Create a physical and digital music library including archival VDF music and current pieces
Master of Music Screen Scoring
Aug 2019 - May 2021
New York University
Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Piano Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Virginia Commonwealth University
Master Certificate Orchestration for Film and TV
Aug 2014 - Dec 2018
Berklee College of Music
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Mentorship
Nov 2020
Society of Composers and Lyricist
Scholars Program at Game Sound Con
Jun 2020
Game Audio Network Guild

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