Sean Burns

Sean B.

Watertown, MA

About Sean B.

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Sean teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: December 2011
Last sign in: 6 days ago


Hello future students,

My name is Sean O. G. Burns. I am a composer living in Waltham, MA. I hold a Master's in Music Composition from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor's in Music from the University of SC. I have been teaching guitar, bass, keyboard, audio engineering, and songwriting/composition for 3 years.

Whether you are a novice, a seasoned musician, or just someone with an old guitar and too much time on your hands, I am ready to teach you. I offer in-studio, in-home, and Skype lessons at 1/2 hr to 1 1/2 increments. In these lessons, I will provide you with the materials required. My only prerequisite is that students are required to own the instrument that they are studying.

My teaching style is based on you, the individual. There are no foolproof methods toward teaching music, because every student is unique. What works well for one student may prove to be frustrating and confusing to another. My mission is to meet you at your experience level and gently lead you to a higher understanding of music. In our first lesson together, we will discuss your goals and how we can meet them.

I offer recording services as well. I have the necessary gear and several years of experience recording various types of ensembles. Have a melody but no harmony? Let's find the chords the melody is asking for. Have chords but no melody? Let's find the melody that conveys the mood you're trying to create. Have an already existing song that you want to work on? Let's tighten it up in lessons and cut a demo of it.

This education is yours. I want you to get the absolute most out of your experience with me. If I seem like I'd be a good fit as your teacher, sign up for some lessons. I promise a fun and rewarding experience.

Sean O. G. Burns

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Freelance Music Engraver

Aug 2014 - Present
Burns Studios

Have served as a copyist creating professional music scores for composers

Freelance Audio Engineer

Aug 2011 - Present
Burns Studios

Have been contracted for front of house and remote recordings for churches, universities, and individuals

Freelance Music Teacher

Jan 2011 - Present
Burns Studios

Taught music fundamentals to a wide variety of ages


MM in Music Composition

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
University of Redlands

BM In Music Composition

Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
University of South Carolina

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (Finalist)

May 2015

Sigma Alpha Iota’s Composer of the Year Award

Apr 2015
University of Redlands

John and Lucrecia Herr Award for Composition

Apr 2011
University of South Carolina

"Friends of Music" Scholarship

May 2010
University of South Carolina


Pi Kappa Lambda

Apr 2015

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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2 Reviews on Sean B.

Steven (Chip) Lewis Apr 27, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
I am a new student -- and have never learned to play an instrument. I was encouraged by medical providers to learn an instrument as part of certain of my cognitive therapies. My instrument (the mandolin) was a gift from my son.
I have been fortunate to work with Sean O. G. Burns over the past few months. His style is perfect for my needs. He is patient, and leads with a gentle push -- no pressure! Sean is incredibly talented in his own right musically, and has talents - I'm sure, well beyond my needs -- I see him as an excellent teacher for all ages!
Sara J. Jul 15, 2014
Sean is the music theory graduate assistant at the University of Redlands and is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. He is also a great composer and plays multiple instruments. I would highly recommend him as a music teacher or tutor.
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