Marc Evans

Marc E.

Goleta, CA

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

Teaching since:

I'm a composer, and I chose this career partly as an excuse keep exploring all the other subjects I find interesting. Most of my pieces start with an extramusical idea – perhaps related to math, literature, programming, psychology, economics, you name it. I then explore and implement this idea as a computer program, and use that program to create a piece.

I've been incredibly lucky in the education I've received. I did my undergrad at Stanford, where I majored in music (composition and piano performance), but I also took a wide variety of classes while I was there, including physics, honors math, psychology, linguistics, computer science, among other things. I never resented general education requirements, because they were an excuse to take classes I otherwise might not make time for.

After my undergrad, I stayed at Stanford to do a Master's Degree in Music, Science, and Technology. I then took a couple of years off of school, tutoring both privately and at an after-school program for low-income students. The latter was incredibly rewarding, and I worked with students on any and all academic subjects they were struggling with. Finally, I decided it was time to go back to school and really devote myself to composing. I have been a PhD student at UCSB for several years now, and it has been a blast.

All this is to say that I've been tutoring people in all sorts of subjects for almost 10 years: piano, violin, music theory and composition, high school math, calculus, physics, writing, literature, SAT prep. I think that because of my eclectic interests, I can help students make unusual and interesting connections between and within different subject areas. I have experience teaching all ages, from kids to retired doctors who want to learn to compose.

When I took my first tutoring job, I remember feeling that it was crazy that I was getting payed to do something that I was enjoying so much. Teaching is a true passion of mine, and will certainly be part of my life for years to come.

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Private Music and Academic Tutor
Sep 2008 - Present

Academic Tutor
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
College Track, East Palo Alto

Part time (12 hours/week) mentor/tutor at an after-school program for underprivileged high school students. Tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, from Calculus and Physics to History and Literature.


PhD Candidate in Music Composition
Sep 2013 - Present
UC Santa Barbara
Master of Arts in Music, Science and Technology
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Stanford University
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Stanford University


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Composition Fellow
Jun 2017
Atlantic Music Festival
Winner, Composition Competition
Mar 2015
Bowdoin International Music Festival
Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards for Excellence in Music Composition
Jun 2014
UC Santa Barbara
Chancelor's Fellowship
Sep 2013
UC Santa Barbara

Photos & Videos

Who I am as a tutor and as a composer.
Me performing "The Alcotts" from Ives' Concord Sonata.
My composition "Romance?" for Viola and Piano. This piece won the 2015 Bowdoin International Music Festival Composition Contest.

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