Zachary Whitney
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Zachary Whitney

Zachary W.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello and welcome! According to their interests, my students will learn to score for film, how to create their own personalized sound libraries, music notation, how to work with synthesizers, the business of being a successful composer, and much more. Often the most challenging part of becoming a composer is developing your own work-flow that can bring out ideas in a fast and efficient way. Once these ideas are recorded, whether through traditional notation methods or using a DAW or audio recording device, the job of the composer is to develop these ideas in a unique and captivating way. My motto is that being a great composer is not necessarily having the best ideas, but rather that the development of those ideas is where the art of composition occurs.

About Zachary W.

As a professional composer, producer, sound designer, and trombonist based out of Atlanta, GA I love to teach. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Trombone Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio and have taught for the past 10 years.

Currently, I am working as a composer of film and television. my compositions vary in genres. As a teacher, my main goal is to develop a student's personalized work-flow so they can be as efficient as possible in the art of composition. For my students interested in working in film and television, this is of utmost importance to find success in this fast-paced industry.

My motto is that being a great composer isn't necessarily about having the best ideas, but rather being great at DEVELOPING those ideas. After-all, this is truly what composing is all about. In my lessons, dependent on each student's individual needs and interests, we will work on work-flow, music theory, and general compositional techniques. My DAW (digital audio workstation) is Ableton and for those interested in sound design I am happy to work this into our lessons as well.

As a professional trombonist I've performed with many orchestras and big bands around the U.S. and have my own private trombone studio. I believe that tone-development is the most crucial element in being a great trombonist. My students range from middle schoolers just starting out in their school band program all the way up to college students, including retirees who may have played trombone when they were younger and simply want to rekindle their passion for the instrument. Trombone lessons will resume after March 2021.

Regardless of your age or experience, with a little hard work and dedication I will help you to reach your respective goals. Looking forward to meeting you very soon!



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Composition Teacher - All Genres
Sep 2017 - Present

My Private Studio

Giving private lessons in compositions for all levels in all musical genres.

Composer and Sound Designer
Sep 2019 - Feb 2020

Thursday_A Short Film

I composed the score and created foley and sound effects for a short film called Thursday filmed in Atlanta, GA. The film was directed by Erica Arvold, a producer and casting director who has worked on projects such as Lincoln, House of Cards, Harriet, and much more.

Executive Director
Oct 2016 - May 2019

Lake Affect Arts

While studying in Cleveland, I founded a small nonprofit organization called Lake Affect Arts whose mission was to support music education in local inner-city schools. Our program, which took place in 5 Cleveland District and Non-District Schools, included a 12-week music program, performances throughout the school year, community concerts, and music lessons for students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. After graduating, I relocated with my wife to Atlanta, GA and was unable to continue running such an operation remotely. This was a tremendously meaningful experience for both my colleagues and myself.

Site Coordinator and Trombonist
May 2017 - Jan 2018

Patriot Brass Ensemble

I was the Site Coordinator for the Cleveland branch of the Patriot Brass Ensemble, a group whose mission was to provide musical concerts for our nation's Veterans.

Program Designer and Trombone Instructor
Feb 2017 - Feb 2017

Cyprus Creek High School

I was invited to design and teach a week-long Low Brass Masterclass for the band students at Cyprus Creek High School in Houston, TX.

Program Designer and Trombone Instructor
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016

The Cleveland Orchestra Neighborhood Partners Program

As part of The Cleveland Orchestra's several community engagement initiatives, the orchestra ran a yearly Neighborhood Residency program which included both live concerts and music programs for young students. I was invited to design and teach an 8 week P-Bone program of approximately 80 students between the ages of 8 and 13.

Mar 2013 - Mar 2013

Firelands Symphony Orchestra

Concert included Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Suite


Master's in Bass Trombone Performance
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

Cleveland Institute of Music

Bachelor's in Tenor Trombone Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016

Cleveland Institute of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Jan 2019

TESOL International Granting Association

As part of my training for teaching English online to students in China, I took a course in online teaching for ESL.


Dec 2020
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.
American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
Ohio Music Education Association
Sep 2016
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association of Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.
International Trombone Association
Jul 2013
The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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