Daniel Gostelow

Daniel G.

Buffalo, NY
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About

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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
August 2014

I teach piano, composition, music theory, and ear training to students at every level of musical experience (including those who cannot read music). To date I have taught over 100 music students in private, online and classroom settings.

My biggest priority in teaching is to help you reach your specific goals and address your needs! Every student has their own objectives and learns at their own pace, and my job is to ensure that you get exactly what you want out of the lessons. Whether you’re looking to master piano basics, learn your favorite songs or pieces, write your own music, prepare for a theory exam, strengthen your theory skills, or improve your ear, I can help you achieve your goals!

I am available for both in-person and online teaching. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Beginner Piano - I have privately instructed over 30 students in beginner-level piano skills. I can help you master the basics of the instrument, acquire a basic technique, and learn how to read music if necessary. Once the fundamentals are in place, we can cover piano repertoire from a wide variety of styles (jazz, classical, rock, pop, international, etc.), and maybe even learn some of your favorite music and pieces! If you wish, I can supplement lessons with music theory.

Composition and Arrangement - To date I have helped my students write over 20 compositions of widely varying styles and characters. I can help you perfect the art of writing melody, harmony, accompaniment, counterpoint, forms, lyrics, songs, orchestration, or film music! I will provide feedback on your work, as well as instructive musical examples from the past.

Music Theory - I I have taught music theory for 4 years to over 50 students. I can teach you everything from music theory fundamentals (key signatures, scales, major/minor chords, chord analysis) to some of the most advanced topics in undergraduate and graduate musical studies (form, part-writing, counterpoint, advanced harmonic analysis, Schenkerian analysis).

Ear Training - I have taught ear training for 3 years to over 50 students. I am very experienced in assisting students in recognizing and notating everything from single notes and chords to complex passages of music. I have many useful learning materials and know effective methods for achieving aural recognition.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a lesson, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Experience

University Lecturer and Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - Present
State University of New York at Buffalo

I teach composition, arranging, music theory, ear training, aural skills and keyboard skills to both music majors and non-majors. To date I have taught over 100 students in private, online, and classroom settings. I have designed and used many of my own learning materials (guides, summaries, worksheets, etc.).

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Private Music Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Private Studio

I privately teach students in the Buffalo area. I teach piano, composition, arranging, music theory, and ear training. I design and use many of my own learning materials (guides, summaries, worksheets, etc.).

Education

PhD and Master of Music in Music Composition (Expected Spring 2019)
Aug 2014 - Present
State University of New York at Buffalo
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Trombone Performance Certificate & High School Diploma
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

University at Buffalo Teaching Fellowship
Aug 2014
State University of New York at Buffalo
Oberlin College Grant
Sep 2010
Oberlin College
Oberlin Conservatory Dean's Talent Award
Sep 2010
Oberlin Conservatory
Henry Mancini Memorial Scholarship in Music Composition
Jun 2010
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
LACHSA Music Department Award
Jun 2006
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

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Lynn Aug 1, 2016
Music Theory · Online

Highly recommended! I took online and Skype lessons for about one year with Daniel. He is an excellent and very patient teacher. I am a pianist with no previous training in theory and ear training, but through his tutoring I was able to learn the basics of these subjects.

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Keith Jul 25, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Daniel is very helpful, nice and knowledgeable. He taught me how to read music and do chord analysis. Always very clear.

Lynn Jul 22, 2016
Music Theory · Online

Highly recommended! I took online and Skype lessons for about one year with Daniel. He is an excellent and very patient teacher. I am a pianist with no previous training in theory and ear training, but through his tutoring I was able to learn the basics of these subjects.

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