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Damien S.
Saint Augustine, Florida
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Teaching live performance techniques, sound and performance aesthetics.
About Damien S.

I am a working, music composer and educator. I have been teaching and writing/performing professional scores for over 20 years. In regards to teaching, I teach privately and in a classroom atmosphere. My youngest student is 4 and my oldest has been in their 70 ’s. I approach my teaching style in a way that my students get a round, music education; but also have fun with it. Music as a whole involves many different areas of education (math, logic, language, physics, science, creativity). I believe students of music need to be given this education. Playing well is one thing, playing well and knowing what you are doing will make you rounded as a musician. As a professional composer and performer; this gives me the opportunity to teach students in areas of live performance and writing music for various mediums, in and outside of basic song writing. I have been writing scores and performing live for over 30 years. I believe this would be another great asset in helping students realize theirs’ and others’ music in the real world. As a St. Augustine based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions. A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score writing has given Damien the experience and work ethic to share his musical knowledge and abilities with others. Producing 4 cds and appearing on countless others' cds and compilations; Damien can share not only his musical/theoretical talents, but his experience in producing, recording, writing, and performing live. *** Lesson Details *** Damien is a very patient and moderately, laid back teacher. He will teach what you want to learn, yet give you suggestions on other avenues to approach. Basics lead to complete knowledge of any subject. Starting from the beginning of what a student knows and moving forward step by step will only lead to perfection in their lessons. Having fun doing this, is the only way to keep a student focused and progressing. Enjoyment is the number one focus of Damien's lessons. If a student isn't enjoying and having fun with their lessons then they will not progress. Damien teaches ages of 5-99. You are never too young or old to learn. Damien's main focus is guitar and music theory *** Travel Equipment *** I would expect the student to provide their own guitar (if necessary) and a notebook I have private parking for my students, so they don't have to worry about parking, ever ! *** Specialties *** I have been taught, on a college level, of classical, jazz, ethnic musics. I specialize in guitar, theory, composition.

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Great first lesson. Took the time to see where I am with my skills and took it from there. Looking forward to working with him to get better.

Posted Jun 15, 2020
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Thank you Damien!!!! Patient, non-judgmental, slow, clear instruction. I had one particular song I wanted to learn and Damien walked me through, step by step, how to. And in the meantime, taught me a bit about music theory and reading ... at my level. Before I signed up, I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. Now I feel confident and inspired ... taking my "sweet time" to get that muscle memory. The best. Thank you.

Posted Apr 28, 2020
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Live concert guitarist and music composer for orchestras and multiple mediums.
Jan 1990 - Present
Damien S.
I am a working music composer, performer, author and teacher. I have taught dozens of students around the US in instruments in guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, bass, music theory, composition.
Music Teacher / Performer / Composer
Jun 1986 - Present
Damien S.
I have been teaching, performing and/or writing music score for over 25 years.
Post Grad Musicology
Aug 1994 - Jun 1995
University College Dublin
BFA Studio Composition
Sep 1990 - May 1994
SUNY Purchase

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