Jacob Lewis

Jacob L.

Somerville, MA
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced Teacher of 5 years specializing in Music Theory, Recording & Production, and Piano lessons for beginner and intermediate students! I like to start by asking why my students are interested in learning Music Theory so that I can tailor my lesson plan toward each students personal goals and aspirations. This way, instead of simply memorizing rules, my students can understand why each topic is important in an overall sense. If you are interested, feel free to send a message and see if we're a good match!
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Jacob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2013

I am a professional songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and recording artist. I graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically Jazz and Music Production.

Music Theory students can expect to work each week on understanding core music theory concepts. Some of the practice each week will include analyzing classical pieces, and writing out exercises on staff paper, but a large portion of the lesson is about applying the concepts to contemporary music and even to original compositions by the student. I encourage students to explore how these concepts present themselves in the genres of music that my students are interested in. Understanding how an indie rock guitarist utilizes functional harmonic theory differently from a classical jazz artist provides context for the theory that I've found is usually lacking. Learning theory is best when students are excited to practice them!

I teach beginner and intermediate piano students. I've been playing piano for 10+ years with a concentration in contemporary keyboard and musical theater. Depending on the needs of the student, we can work on sight reading and classical technique, or learning how to read chord sheets and tabs online in order to play contemporary songs.

As a professional touring and recording artist, I like to work songwriting into all of my lesson plans. For any student particularly interested in songwriting, I can make that a much larger portion of the lessons. Songwriting is a uniquely intimate art. Rather than tell a student how I think they should write songs, I strive to empower the student to be able to make the artistic decisions that they want. By making conscious decisions based on their musical knowledge, the student can grow his or her's own unique songwriting voice.

My personal passion is contemporary songwriting, but my own musical journey included many genres like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Theater, and more. I would not be the songwriter I am today without all these different experiences, so my goal has always been to foster passion and excitement for the material any student is learning.

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Experience

Guitarist
Jun 2013 - Present
Jakals

Jakals is my main personal project. I am the guitarist and one of the songwriters.

Composer
Sep 2017 - May 2018
Jenzy

I composed an original piece of music for Jenzy's promotional video and YouTube ad.

Assistant Recording Engineer
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Green Street Recording Studios

I was an assistant recording engineer at Green Street where I helped run a number of recording sessions.

Education

Music - Concentrations in Jazz Performance and Music Production
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Wesleyan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Performing with my own band!

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Performing an impromptu acoustic set

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Video of my band performing one of our original compositions

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