Learning Theory And Composition Through The Piano

Learning Theory And Composition Through The Piano

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4 years in business

About this pro

I offer a diverse and comprehensive persepective on music theory, composition and arranging. Although components of harmony, melody and rhythm can be expressed on numerous instruments, I believe it is necessary to approach these musical elements from the keys of the piano. Emphasizing technique in employing the instrument before moving to more sophisticated elements of harmony and rhythm that the piano brings to the table. 

As a long time student of classical piano, I have developed easy-to-remember ways of fostering good technique that will accelerate progression. As an undergraduate at the George Washington University, I developed an appreciation and mastery of Jazz Theory: the gateway to contemporary genres like R'n'B, Hip-Hop, Gospel etc. I am now the resident Music Director at The District Church where I lead other musicians in there musicianship, arrange music for weekly services and produce audio for broadcasted content. 

Lessons will be two-fold in the early stages, where we will focus on basic piano technique and fundamental theory. This will include musical selections from me as well as offerings from the student if they have something they are keen to learn. We will work through a music theory book together that will help establish some of those fundamentals but then become the main focus in the later stages. We will span the history of Western music theory from Bach to the Beatles, as well as dable in some Eastern music forms, focusing on the evolution of the 7 basic music elements. This will help widen our base as we look to arranging, song-writing and composing. 

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Washington, DC 20001
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  • Jenn T.

    Aaron was able to very quickly gauge my skill level and tailors our lessons to my abilities, goals, and genre preferences. He has endless knowledge about performance, theory, and music history. I highly recommend lessons with Aaron.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask my new students to prepare a piece to play for me so that I can gauge their familiarity with the piano. Then I ask some basic piano structure questions, like names of notes, scales, chords etc. Lastly I do a short interval ear-training excersise. I like to pepper in some terminology during the first lesson and see what reaction there is. It is super important to me that you ask me about things I don't convey well the first time. I will stress this in the first lesson because as we develop our music theory more and more, approaches to music vary and biases start to develop, including my own.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a professional musician and Music Director and have been working at some capacity in Music for 3 years. I have a minor in Music from the George Washington University and 19 years of piano study. In 2018 I produced, recorded and gigged with Hip Hop artist Devin Turner. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Online Classes over FaceTime or Zoom: $50 for 30 min and $70 for 60 min

Home Lessons within 5 miles: $60 for 30 min and $80 for 60 min. Prices increase by $10 for every additional 5 miles of travel. 

How did you get started teaching?

I tutored various subjects in high school and University and loved it. In University I fostered my passion and talent for music into a career path and after graduating began seeking out work in different areas of the industry. I want to be as well-versed in the industry as possible and teaching is a great way to engage the academic and transformative components of music.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with mostly adults in the area of music but tutored kids aged 7 - 14 in high school. 

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What do I want to get out of music?

What actor in the realm of music do I enjoy playing the most? Performer? Producer? Composer? Listener? Engineer?

What do I consider to sound 'good' or 'bad'?