Seth Hartman

Seth H.

Des Moines, IA

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Seth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:

I am a classically trained musician and music teacher from central Iowa. I have been studying and playing music my entire life. My main instrument is trumpet, but in recent years my passion for music has driven me to learn many instruments such as piano, accordion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, and others.

Over the years I have developed a deep love for music theory. I have written and performed several of my own original compositions, as well as large analysis projects of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, and Debussy.

My music theory lessons are focused on the student. I will work with you to make sure that you are getting the knowledge and developing the skills that you need to accomplish your goals. This keeps me on my toes as a teacher, and allows my students to take advantage of a flexible and understanding instructor.

I can teach anyone from very beginners to college music majors who need help with their homework. I can teach you how to read your first notes, analyze Beethoven, create a twelve tone matrix, compose like Debussy and more.

I am currently a senior Music Education major with a concentration in Jazz Studies at Drake University (Yes, the one that Drake the rapper went to. And yes, the one that the 2016 Democratic Debates were held at.) I have been teaching music for several years and am excited to meet new students and share my passion for music and music theory!

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Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present
Des Moines Public Schools

I work as a teaching assistant with a high school band program.


Music Education with Jazz Studies Concentration
Aug 2015 - Present
Drake University


Drake University Student Composers Recital
Mar 2018
Dr. William Dougherty
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
May 2015
Joseph Thering

Photos & Videos

An excerpt from the middle of my original minimalist composition entitled Stasis. Here we have a 3 against 4 poly-rhythm.

An excerpt from a Debussy imitation piece I wrote.

The beginning of my original minimalist composition entitled Stasis.


4 Reviews

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Julian Aug 2, 2018

Each individual learns music theory at a different pace. Some grasp the finer points with ease, while others may take their time getting to know the ins and outs of this complicated subject matter.

This is something that Seth understands well. As one who struggled immensely with many of the more difficult concepts I came across, Seth continually demonstrated a deep understanding of a broad spectrum of concepts as well as patience in regard to the speed at which I was able to progress.

I have had few music teachers who are as willing to accommodate as Seth.

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Charlotte Aug 2, 2018
Music Theory · Online

Seth really knows the material that he teaches. He is able to explain the concepts in an easy-to-understand manner, even if the topic is a challenging one. I have taken undergrad music theory classes before, and I learned from Seth much faster and with greater depth than I did in my university classes. He does a good job to make the learning process as engaging as possible. I highly recommend Seth as a music theory instructor. He will not disappoint.

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Dan Aug 1, 2018
Music Theory · Online

Seth has a great understanding of music, and a great understanding of how to teach what makes music tick. Seth conveyed good insight to me in each of our lessons, and I am certainly a more well-rounded musician as a result.

Money well spent. 10/10 would recommend again.

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Michael Aug 1, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

Best teacher ive ever had!

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