Mark Slater

Mark S.

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

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Born and raised in England into an artistic and musical environment, Mark won a place in the Christ Church Cathedral choir at 7 with his cello playing and voice. During the 5 years at Oxford, Mark sang in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, St. John's Smith Square, performed for radio and television broadcasts and sang on many recording sessions the work of Bach, Handel, Purcell and many others from the English choral tradition.

Mark has composed music for several commercially released films, noted for his work in the immersive environment of the full dome planetarium, some of those titles play across the world, from Japan to Europe, in well over 100 theaters.

In 2009, Mark was selected to compose special music for the International Year of Astronomy and an extravagant documentary production that aired on PBS as a science special for several years on the 400 year history of telescopic astronomy since 1609. The planetarium film covering the same story became the most played across 1500 theaters worldwide for 3 years in a row and can still be seen in many planetariums.

Mark began teaching piano and music theory in 1998, eventually building a large roster of pupils in his home area in Surrey, England.

In 2009 though, he moved to Los Angeles for film scoring work reasons.

Mark also teaches English as a second language.

He has a degree in Law and completed a year of Engineering studies at Southampton University at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Mark completed a Master's degree in Music at the London College of Music on the campus of the Ealing Film Studios.

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Film Composer
Mar 2012 - Present
Private company

Recurring composer for the first computer graphics company and their immersive productions for theme parks and full-dome °360 theater. As the number one producer and installer of full dome projection systems, my work on their portfolio reaches hundreds of theaters around the world.

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Film Composer
Mar 2010 - Present
Private company

Recurring composer for an immersive media production company based in the Netherlands. Several of our collaborations are widely distributed around the world and played in well over 100 full-dome theaters on an ongoing basis.

Community Services Manager
Sep 1991 - May 2004
Home Group

I began work for the Home Group as a support worker for vulnerable adults and special needs groups. I became a team leader and eventually area manager for several residential services in England. I use this one-to-one support and group leadership experience in my theories for effective performance and communication in music and drama.

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Master of Music, Composition for Film & Television
Sep 1997 - Jul 1998
London College of Music and Media
Bachelor of Laws, Law
Sep 1989 - Jul 1992
West London University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Team Supervision and Management
Apr 2001
Institute of Leadership and Management

Essential skills in getting the best performance out of your Human Resources

Grade 8 Merit (Piano)
Nov 1986

Grade 8 Distinction (Violoncello)
Nov 1986


Best Audio
Jul 2010
Imiloa Fulldome Film Festival
Outstanding Achievement
Aug 2009
Telly Awards
Best Music
Feb 2008
Webby Award


Society of Composers and Lyricists
Jul 2009

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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Incorporated Society of Musicians
Jun 1998

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s professional body for musicians.

Photos & Videos

Recording in Budapest for a planetarium film about Charles Darwin
Conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London in 2008.

A string trio house concert in Studio City.

Directing a 50 strong choir in Prague for a film score.

Conducting the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Directing and recording boy trebles from the Hungarian Opera Chorus

Recording and conducting in Prague

Laying down piano tracks for one of my film scores.

String quartet house concert in Studio City, with original music
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David May 21, 2017
Piano · In home

Mark possesses that rare combination not only of being entirely on top of his subject but of also of being able to communicate clearly and to inspire pupils at all levels.

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