Peter Hicks

Peter H.

Pleasant Hill, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I understand it's easy to lose drive when you're constantly drilling scales and fingering. I try to frame all of my lessons in reference to what music really is: the creation of songs. Through composition, my students won't just learn scale and chord structure, but they'll organically develop these skills while writing their own songs and building their personal portfolio.

About Peter H.

To hear my work, check out "Inside Switch" on Spotify!

Reviews are greatly appreciated!

I studied piano at the Dallas, Texas School of Music. I have played piano for 20 years and guitar for 15. I also attended the James Madison University music program.

I look forward to helping others acquire the creativity and confidence that can come from music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I work with all student levels and abilities.

I understand it's easy to lose drive when you're constantly drilling scales and fingering. I try to frame all of my lessons in reference to what music really is: the creation of songs. Through composition, my students won't just learn scale and chord structure, but they'll organically develop these skills while writing their own songs and building their personal portfolio.

Beginning with chord progressions and harmonies, then moving into melodies and filling up the sonic landscape of the piece. If the student feels comfortable enough to sing, then adding all the pieces to the puzzle until we have something personal and special to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Fractal Audio Systems AXE FX3
-Roland TD-30 Digital Drum Set
-Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors
-Baby Grand Piano
-Taylor 214ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
-D'Angelico CS Series Grand 12-string Guitar
-D'Angelico EX-1 Series Hollowbody
-Ovation Acoustic Guitar
-Schecter C-1 Electric Guitar
-Schecter KM6 MKII
-DeArmond Thunderbird Electric Guitar
-Yamaha 4-String Mango Wood Bass
-D'Angelico Soprano Ukelele
-Shure SM58 Vocal Mic
-V63m Condenser Studio Mic
-Yamaha Pro Mixer and PA System
-Blackstar Artisan Series Tube Head and 4x12 Cabinet
-Garage Band DAW (Basic Lessons)
-ProTools DAW (Pro Songwriting Lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Piano, guitar, and songwriting. Bringing everything together to create a finished product. Not just a guitar riff, not just a chord progression, and not just a poem. Bringing lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation all together to create a polished, immersive product.

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Liam
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Great instructor with lots of patience for young excited learners!

Posted Nov 11, 2019

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Experience

Founder
May 2019 - Present

Exodeye Studios

Exodeye Studios is a vertically integrated music label. Students are developed, booked, and recorded through Exodeye to give them exposure and comprehension of the music industry. Exodeye records demos for its promising students and continues to develop them as artists as they learn to perform and evolve into professional musicians and composers.

Songwriter / Lead Singer / Guitar / Piano
Sep 2006 - Present

Inside Switch

I have written, performed, recorded, and produced two studio albums with the band, Inside Switch, that have gone on to sell thousands of copies internationally. Both are available for purchase from Amazon & iTunes and our available for free from Bandcamp. I have also performed at the following landmark venues: -The House of Blues (San Diego, CA & Orlando, FL) -The Roxy Theater (Hollywood) -The Key Club (Hollywood) -The Brixton (Redondo Beach, CA) -The Oceanview Club (Virginia Beach, VA)

Recording Artist
Aug 2011 - Jul 2012

Signature Sound Studios

Wrote, recorded, and produced the album Songbirds & Lions at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, CA with Inside Switch.

Recording Artist
Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Capricorn Studios

Wrote, recorded, and produced the album Ignite at Capricorn Studios in San Diego, CA with the band Inside Switch.

Education

Music
Sep 2003 - Dec 2007

James Madison University

Piano
Sep 1988 - Jul 1991

Dallas School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certification for Advanced Private Instruction in Music
Jul 2011

Kings College

Provided at the Kings College International Academy in Windermere, Florida.

Awards

DiscMakers Gold
Mar 2014

DiscMakers

Affiliations

California Teachers Association
Feb 2014
Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.
BMI
Sep 2010
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
ASCAP
Sep 2010
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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