Rafael Piccolotto de Lima

Rafael P.

Jersey City, NJ

Lesson Details

Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am a 3-time Graduate Student DOWNBEAT AWARD winning audio engineer. My expertise is in recording, mixing and mastering acoustic music, particularly jazz, classical and world music.
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Rafael teaches



Rafael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Nominated for the Latin Grammy as a classical composer at the age of 27 and a current member of the Grammy Academy, I teach lessons and classes on topics related to my areas of expertise: music theory, composition, arrangement, orchestration, harmony, conducting and music production.

My teaching experience includes 5 years as a Teaching Assistant at Frost School of Music (University of Miami) leading 4 graduate and undergraduate school ensembles to win DOWNBEAT magazine awards.

As a composer and arranger I had works premiered and recorded by artists and ensembles such as the jazz legends Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea and Brian Lynch, Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Metropole Orkest (Netherlands), Camerata Latino Americana (Brazil) and Costa Rica National Orchestra.

My academic background includes a dual BACHELOR degree in Brazilian Jazz Studies and Classical Composition from UNICAMP (2004-2011, Campinas - SP, Brazil), a MASTER OF MUSIC degree in Studio Jazz Writing from the Frost School of Music - University of Miami (2011-2013), and a DOCTORATE OF MUSICAL ARTS degree in Jazz Composition also from University of Miami (2013-2016).

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Teaching Assistant
Aug 2011 - May 2016
University of Miami


Doctor of Musical Arts - Jazz Composition
Aug 2013 - Nov 2016
University of Miami
Master of Music - Studio Jazz Writing
Aug 2011 - May 2013
University of Miami
Bachelor of Musical - Brazilian Jazz Studies
Feb 2006 - May 2011
UNICAMP (Brazil)
Bachelor of Musical - Classical Composition
Feb 2004 - Dec 2009
UNICAMP (Brazil)


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Latin Grammy Nominated Classical Composer
Oct 2013
Latin Grammy Academy


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

A sample of my classical work.
A sample of my jazz composition work.
Photo by Rafael P.

Photo by Rafael P.

Photo by Rafael P.

Photo by Rafael P.


3 Reviews

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Vitor Apr 18, 2017
Audio Engineering · In studio

Besides being an incredibly talented composer, arranger, and sound engineer, Rafael is a great teacher. He's clear and well rounded in a variety of subjects. I studied music theory with Rafael and was exposed to a wealth of information at a very comfortable pace.

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Lorenzo Mar 16, 2017
Composition ·

Rafael is a formidable teacher, very attentive to the student's needs and always willing to share the details of his work flow. He's also a very talented composer, which of course helps his students finding their own musical voice. He's the best!

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Jay Mar 16, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · In home

Rafael is a fantastic teacher – extremely professional and caring, and SO knowledgeable in many musical areas! You will learn so much from Rafael about theory, arranging and composition, recording... Excellent teacher.

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