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Arrangement and Composition with Troy W.

Houston, Texas

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Teaches online
Teaches all skill levels
Age: 6+
Speaks English, French
Teaching since 2001
Master of Music in Composition cum laude

    Composition and Arranging

    I have been teaching this subject for over 20 years. There is no specific curriculum as each student will come to lessons with their own unique skills, needs, and goals. Lessons are tailored to those specifics. Musical literacy (and basic composition fundamentals) is a prerequisite for Arranging. Arranging lessons are for composers who have already mastered notation and have a firm grasp of basic instrumentation and orchestration. Studies involve manipulating scores to work in various mediums and genres. Use of notation software (Finale, Sibelius, Score, etc.) very useful. Lessons are a minimum of 60 minutes once per week. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study as well as bring samples (printed and recorded if possible) of their composition work.

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    10 AM-6 PM
    10 AM-6 PM
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    10 AM-6 PM
    10 AM-6 PM
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    10 AM-6 PM
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    90 minutes

    About Troy W.

    Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students. Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over twenty years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons. *** Lesson Details *** There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student. To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet. The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons. Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please! Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age. Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study. IMPORTANT NOTES: • To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required. • Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson. • A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson. • the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons. • COVID - anyone wishing to study in person must first provide proof of vaccination & booster. All persons are required to wear a mask while in the studio. This is not negotiable. Mr. Wayne has been vaccinated and received the booster. *** Studio Equipment *** Pearl River 48" professional studio upright piano Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard area for parents to sit and observe lessons. *** Specialties *** Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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    I am an adult student learning piano and I have been taking lessons with Troy for over a year. I have found Troy to be an excellent teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable about his craft and he will tailor the focus and intensity of his sessions to what you want to accomplish. . As an adult student who used to play instruments, learning doesn’t come to me as easy as it used to. Troy is a very patient teacher who takes the time to motivate you and help you get maximum results out of your time with him. I highly recommend him.
    Posted Mar 1, 2024
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    Took singing classes with Troy. He is very patient, enthusiastic and encouraging. Clear, fun and intentional lesson plans for improving. Most willing to address the simplest questions, doubts and confusion. Has my strongest recommendation for complete novices.
    Posted Sep 10, 2023
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    Experienced tutor and great fun exercises!
    Posted Sep 6, 2023