Connor Cook

Connor C.

Los Angeles, CA
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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!
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About

Connor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2013

I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!

Experience

Composer's Assistant
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Blue Police Box Music

I was a composer's assistant while attending graduate school in Chicago. I wrote additional music, worked on sheet music preparation, recorded live instruments, and made virtual instruments. I worked with this composer until I moved to Los Angeles.

Accordion Teacher
Jan 2013 - Jun 2014
Connor Music

I taught accordion lessons for a year in North Carolina while attending undergraduate college. I had a handful of dedicated students, whom I sadly had to part with when I moved to Chicago for graduate school. I am looking forward to teaching accordion lessons again.

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Professor
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
Appalachian State University

I taught a music class at my Alma Mater, Appalachian State University. I started a traditional Irish music course at my college, and as there was nobody to teach it, I was able to teach the course. I am very passionate about traditional Irish music, and it was a true joy to teach the course for two years.

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Education

MFA in Music Composition for the Screen
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Columbia College Chicago
BA in Piano Performance and Music Theory/Composition
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014
Appalachian State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Irish Gaelic
Limited Proficiency

Affiliations

Society of Composers and Lyricists
Nov 2016

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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Alliance for Women Film Composer
Jul 2016

Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 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.

Photos & Videos

Playing accordion in a traditional Irish session

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Conducting one of my film scores

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Busking with my old band

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Played in a steel band orchestra for 4 years

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Button accordion solo!

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Mandolin jams

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Never too many accordions!

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Scoring a film from my home studio

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Sharing a tune with some fellow musicians
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5 Reviews

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Kevin Mar 26, 2017
Composition · Online

Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.

Susan B. Mar 13, 2017
Mandolin · In home

It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).

Saoirse Jan 7, 2017
Accordion · Online

First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.

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McKenna Nov 11, 2016
Mandolin · In home

Connor is the absolute best! Couldn't possibly find a more talented musician or a more wonderl teacher!

wyatt Jul 25, 2016
Accordion · In home

super cool

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