Ezra Sandzer-Bell

Ezra S.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I want to help you grow as a musician and creative songwriter. If you are new to music theory, we will go over the fundamentals. With this groundwork, you can bring any genre of music to me and I will help you identify the elements that make it work. Most teachers focus exclusively on memorizing and practicing music. Our lessons will be different. You will learn to incorporate melodic and harmonic ideas into your own songs.
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Ezra delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

I currently work as a remote mentor at Pyramind, a music production company in San Francisco.

My goal as a teacher is to unlock the creative potential within people. I believe that music education should empower the student to bring the contents of their imagination into full expression. Discipline and practice is only half the battle. You will learn all of the fundamentals of music theory, but the fun really begins when we start looking at your favorite songs and learning how to incorporate those ideas into your own creative process.

As a performing musician, I have fifteen years experience writing music for bands, studio recording, pressing cds and vinyl through record labels, touring nationally, writing and publishing two books on music theory, giving public talks for large audiences, and have been featured as interview guest on several radio shows and podcasts.

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Music Theory Teacher
Sep 2016 - Present

I work as a private music theory teacher with beginner through advanced students. Additionally, I am a featured content creator for the school and have several tutorials available for free online.

Author and Songwriter
Jun 2007 - Present

As a published author of two books on music theory, I specialize in several songwriting techniques that help musicians come up with new ideas. My books are available at independent bookstores throughout the pacific northwest and can also be purchased through Amazon. In addition to writing books, I have authored dozens of articles and given public talks at several conferences.

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Music Theory and Composition
Jan 2005 - Aug 2007
Harold Washington College


Web developer proficient in Javascript and Ruby
Professional Proficiency


Music Theory Mentor
Oct 2016

I am certified to teach music theory and songwriting, with special focus on Guitar and Piano.


Successfully Fundraised Vinyl Re-Pressing for Band
Jan 2014

Photos & Videos


Musical Archetypes | Drake - "Passionfruit" and Mario "Let Me Love You"
Studio session at Pyramind in San Francisco

Learn about Ambiguous Chord Progressions - A Tribe Called Quest
Lounging after testing the new VIVE Virtual Reality headset.

Interview on Pyramind - How to Embed Secret Meaning into Music
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3 Reviews

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Jessica Sep 14, 2017
Music Theory ·

Ezra is a great teacher, he breaks down complex music theory concepts and make them more digestible and fun. He's one of those rare intellectuals that is patient and empathic, which shows in his teaching style.

Kyle Sep 13, 2017
Music Theory · Online

Very informative, great work!!

Vanessa Sep 13, 2017

Ezra views life through the eyes of magic and mystery. Anything he teaches will be a moving experience and I highly recommend learning from such a great teacher.

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