Joy Of Composing

Joy Of Composing

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28 years in business

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Composition students learn a radical technique for creating the music they want. Blocks and weaknesses disappear immediately leaving the student free to write music, whether songs, classical, theatre or film. 

I've written for feature films, off-Broadway musicals, orchestras, and renowned soloists receiving commissions and awards from ASCAP, BMI, various performers, and orchestras, spoken at universities and had students accepted into prestigious programs around the country.

My book on composing music is scheduled to be published in August.

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Houston, TX 77096
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With a new student, I do an enrollment call where I get to know the student's goals, experience, and current ability. Out of that, I create a personalized six and twelve-month plan to have the student reach their goals.


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

30 years of professional experience teaching and as a professional composer. Additional training in empowering people to success.


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

Yes, pricing is available in packages based on the length of the commitment in 3, 6 and 12-month blocks. The first call is $200, but I waive the fee for everyone (unless canceled without notice.) 


How did you get started teaching?

I've loved teaching since I was a tutor in high school. 


What types of students have you worked with?

Middle-school and high school age including homeschooled; college students, adult learners, and professional musicians


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Last year, I traveled to Iowa where Grinnell College performed one of my first professional works. I got to meet and interact with dozens of talented and wonderful students. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who you want to do a good job for but that you're not too freaked out by. You want a teacher that's committed to you succeeding which isn't always the case. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why study composition? What kind of music do you want to write for, specifically, where do you want your music to be heard? Do you play an instrument or sing? Have you worked with performers? Ensembles?