Instructors








Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen is a composer, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, who holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Hardin-Simmons University. He is currently based in Texas and approaches students of all ages with a joyful passion for teaching. Brandon has 10+ years of musical experience, both in the instrumental and vocal domains, and his contemporary compositions are emotionally and intellectually compelling. Brandon's music showcases his vast knowledge of modern, yet accessible harmonic and melodic idioms. Recognizing his compositional craftsmanship, the Texas Music Teacher's Association has awarded Brandon 1st place for each of his three submitted works.

What I Teach

  • Fundamental composition concepts and techniques
  • Advanced harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, contrapuntal styles
  • Writing and orchestrating for choirs, bands, orchestras, and small chamber ensembles
  • Basic to advanced music theory
  • Formal organization of musical ideas
  • Healthy mental approach to composition


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jonathan Allentoff

Jonathan Allentoff holds a MA with Honors from Stony Brook University and a BS with Honors from SUNY Brockport. His works and licensed arrangements have been performed by ensembles across the globe, including the Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, and the Sydney Opera House. He is the founder of Allentoff Music, music director/conductor of the Brockport, Greece, Brighton, and TBE Orchestras, and President of the Greece Performing Arts Society. An active member and clinician for APME, ASCAP, ASMAC, ASTA, CODA, NAfME, and NYSSMA, he serves on the board of NYASTA.

What I Teach

Specialty Areas For Composition Students
Orchestra, Strings, Classic Hollywood, Media

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly


Kevin Thomas Ammann

I am a composer and music educator with experience in vocal and instrumental music teaching, performing composing, and arranging. I have a Bachelors in Music Education from Long Island University: CW Post, where I fell in love with composition. Currently, I teach elementary band, and I have found it a fun challenge to compose for this age group as they are just beginning their musical journey. I have also composed and arranged works for SATB chorus, brass ensemble, and horn quartet.

What I Teach

  • Composing and Arranging for Beginning Band
  • Composing and Arranging for K - 12 Educators
  • Creating Meaningful Works for Choral Ensembles
  • Create Your Own Structure: The Process of Composing

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Joseph Andolino

A native of New Jersey, Joe grew up with a variety of musical styles and influences from progressive rock, R&B and fusion. He combined those influences at the University of Southern California into the world of Film Scoring. Studying with some of the biggest names in composition and performance gave Joe a very schooled approach.Coming from a heavy instrumental background, Joe tends to write ‘from the bottom up’ with the melody lines being derived from the harmonic structure of the tune.

What I Teach

Dramatic orchestral, small combo bands and songwriting.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Logan Barrett

Logan Barrett is a composer, pianist, and audio engineer currently based in Rochester, New York. His compositional interests include the use of number sequences in compositional technique and electroacoustic improvisation using the Pure Data programming language. His music is often stylistically diverse, with each piece embodying a unique compositional process and sound world. He holds a BM in composition and electronic music from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music.

What I Teach

  • Audio coding and signal processing

  • Meter

  • Harmony

  • Repertoire and how to listen to music

  • Post-tonal and atonal theory

  • Other topics on a case-by-case basis

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

John Baxter

A young composer whose compositional work has been described as “a great spiritual experience,” John Baxter seeks to explore the tense and mercurial chasm between musician and listener. After his time as an undergrad at Yale University, John pursued a degree in film scoring at NYU. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the Frost School of Music. He has scored more than 45 projects including feature films from around the world. He stays an active member of the new music community, often exploring the pathos of the late romantic period through the paradigm of new techniques and complexity.

What I Teach

I teach two main courses: Composition/Orchestration and Film and Media Scoring. Each course will dive into the theory of composition, but one will be for the concert stage and one will be for the movie screens. In Composition/Orchestration, I will discuss the current world of composers, philosophy behind music creation, working with an orchestra, harmonic theory and voice-leading, and notation. In Film and Media Scoring, we will discuss the business of scoring for media, the types of media out there, stock music libraries, sound production, harmonic story-telling, and contracts. Both courses will have a workshop quality in which students will present their composition assignments and the instructor will go in-depth to discuss the details. I will not be an instructor to force you into a particular style. Rather I will take your imagination and creativity and show you the best ways to manifest it into reality.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly



Brad Bietry

Brad Bietry is a Nashville-based pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He currently composes music for TV/Film. A graduate from Berklee College of Music. Brad has produced/arranged and orchestrated for recording artists, military bands, church orchestras. He has composed music featured in three self-produced jazz albums. Brad has performed with many well-known jazz artists such as The New York Voices, Kevin Mahogany, John Fedchock, and James Moody.

What I Teach

  • Melody Writing Techniques
  • Harmony 
  • Music Theory 
  • Arranging 
  • Orchestration 
  • Writing for Film/TV 
  • Brass, Reeds, Strings, Percussion, Rhythm Section 
  • Composing in all genres 
  • Logic Pro X Production

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom has worked for years in Hollywood as an orchestrator /arranger on  network television series and feature films including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Flash and Batman Animated, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Rescuers , the New Lassie and the IMAX film, Special Effects. Her orchestrations and arrangements have been performed all over the world, including the London Symphony, Hollywood and the Prague Radio Symphony. She’s composed multiple indie film scores, a full length Ballet, and a variety of orchestral and chamber works. Her production library music continues to play worldwide. She is also a dedicated teacher/mentor to young composers.

What I Teach

  • Composing 101: How to develop your ideas into real music.
  • Composing/film scoring techniques common in film scoring.
  • Orchestration “Hollywood Style”.
  • The basics of Film scoring skills: From Spotting to finished score.
  • How to compose “in the style of …”. Analyzing and applying techniques From Ravel to Prokofiev to John Williams to Alexandre Desplat  to Thomas Newman.
  • How to compose a Trailer.
  • How to Compose Production music.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Mason Boore

Mason Boore graduated from Bradley University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Trumpet Performance, and graduates with his Trumpet Performance Masters in Music this upcoming May ‘20.

What I Teach

I enjoy writing for the jazz genre, and the vocal jazz aspect of it has become a strong suit of mine. I also enjoy writing contemporary music within the contemporary classical scene. I will be happy to learn other styles, as we are all constantly students! My focus with students is making sure they understand at the highest level, regardless of their level of knowledge.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Michael Bulychev-Okser

Combining technical brilliance, musical passion, outspoken sensibility, Russian-American pianist and composer Michael Bulychev-Okser performed at the world’s most prominent stages across the globe: from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Nanjing Hall in China, where his Transcriptions of Chinese Folk Songs were broadcasted to 1 billion people. 

A recipient of “Outstanding People of the 20th century”, Bulychev-Okser holds Master of Arts Degree in Composition from Rutgers University, and Advanced Diplomas from Moscow Conservatory, Russia and La Schola Cantorum, France, following traditions of the legendary Nadia Boulanger. Professor Bulychev-Okser is an author of unique teaching, based on the associative thinking. He is a frequent guest artist at prestigious music festivals, conferences, and competitions in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Israel.

What I Teach

  • Fundamental composition concepts and techniques
  • Step-by-step composition process - from a motive to a symphony
  • Hidden ideas revealed - secrets of style from Josquin to John Williams
  • Advanced counterpoint - from Species to Stravinsky
  • Orchestration - from trio to Full Symphony Orchestra 
  • Scoring for film and ballet with key examples analyzed 
  • Harmony and voice leading
  • Using Finale and Pro Tools

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Dennis Bueno

Dennis Bueno is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, percussionist, and drummer with respect and admiration for all world music genres. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from  Berklee College of Music with a degree in Composition for Film,TV, and Gaming. This knowledge has provided confidence in pursuing all related skills. Drumming has stimulated passion for contemporary pop/rock music, jazz and Afro-Latin music.

What I Teach

Offering to teach contemporary and classical music theory, composition, counterpoint, arranging, orchestration, music notation with Sibelius, Logic Pro, and music production basics.

Dennis writes and performs professionally in the Los Angeles.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Helmut C. Calabrese

Helmut C. Calabrese, PhD, the Italian-American born in Germany, lived in the village of Bocholt until the age of five.  The Calabrese family immigrated in 1962 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  At the age of ten, Helmut began studying “the black and white ivories” with a private tutor of the piano.  

Helmut passion for music continued to have growth beginning composition studies in the mid-seventies at the Philadelphia Musical Academy with Richard Everill.  Helmut continues his music composition studies at the University of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1980.  

By the end of 1982, Helmut earns a Master of Arts in linguistic studies from West Chester University.  The early eighties finds Helmut relocating to Seaside Heights, NJ and a few years later began PhD studies at New York University graduating in 1996.

What I Teach

The composition curriculum will focus on a variety of areas which the student can choose from depending on his interests.  The following are the areas from which to create the individualized instructional composition program:

Film Scoring Techniques and Practices

The Craft of Composition

Music Notation & Engraving

Song Writing for Popular and Art Genres

Arranging and Orchestration

Model Counterpoint

Form in Music

Harmony, Analysis & Chords Structures

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Shereen Cheong

Shereen Cheong is a New York-based pianist, composer, arranger and producer. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, Shereen has arranged and orchestrated for world-renowned artists including Chinese-American Superstar Wang LeeHom, award-winning guitarist Kaki King, Billboard-charting recording artist Chelsey Green and Grammy artist Pablo Ziegler. As a keyboardist/pianist, she toured extensively with RocNation's jazz/soul/folk artist, Victory Boyd, alongside distinguished icons such as Gregory Porter, Lauren Daigle and Kamasi Washington. She has also performed at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, ESSENCE Music Festival, LEAF Music Festival, and appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Live Show and Sirius XM Heart & Soul.

What I Teach

Composition/Arranging

  • Theory
  • Harmony
  • Composition Analysis
  • Score Preparation, using Sibelius as notation software
  • Arranging techniques
  • Arrangement ideas & evaluation


Orchestration

Pop/R&B/Funk Composition & Production

  • Melodic Writing & Progression
  • Horn Writing
  • Strings Writing
  • Groove & Band Arrangement
  • Production Techniques using Logic Pro

Music Notation with Sibelius

Logic Pro/Music Production basics


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Ian Patrick Cler

Ian Patrick Cler is a sought out professional guitarist, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, music director, and producer in the San Diego area (he also loves coffee). His ability to play and write many styles of music keeps his work alive.  His versatility to switch from jazz, gospel, funk, rock to latin keep him in demand as a professional live and studio guitarist. Playing on many full length albums, singles, and tracks for different artists, he has kept busy with clients locally and worldwide.  Originally from the Chicago area, he began his career by simply performing on guitar with many great artists.  He holds a B.A. degree in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago and currently teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University as an adjunct professor of guitar.  He has worked as a former music director at a large church in San Diego pioneering and teaching CCM. He has 10+ years of seasoned teaching. 

What I Teach

  • How to compose, arrange, orchestrate, and produce jazz, funk, CCM, and pop styles (*specialty in small ensemble writing).
  • How to write and arrange music for your lyrics.
  • Techniques and concepts for using Sibelius (*specialty in small ensemble writing).
  • Concepts on sound design via Ableton and writing and recording demos for use future use.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Aaron Cloutier

I am a composer and music educator with experience in vocal and instrumental music teaching, performing composing, arranging, and music production. I am a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences where I studied audio engineering and have since applied it to my own musical endeavors as a composer, songwriter, session musician, and educator. Currently, I teach theory, guitar, and vocal technique as well as performance and songwriting both remotely as well as with the fine folks at School of Rock Louisville.

What I Teach

  • Songwriting (ages 12 and up)
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Music Production Techniques (Recording, Arranging, Mixing, Mastering)
  • Beginning contemporary music theory


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Nicola Corso

Nicola Corso is a bassist, composer, arranger, and music educator based in New York City. His love for diversity appears throughout his sounds and compositions that blur the lines between genres. He carries decades of experience in performance and instruction, and is a former member of the BMI Jazz
Composers Workshop. Nicola has gained international prestige for composing and arranging. In 2009 he won the Carl von Ossietzky Competition in Germany which celebrated his original composition written for a large ensemble (classical orchestra and big band). In 2007 and 2012 he was a two-time prizewinner at the
Barga Jazz Festival in Italy, for a Kenny Wheeler dedication and for an original composition. He was also an honorable mention at the Ithaca College Composition Contest in 2011. Nicola holds a Masters’ in jazz composition and a BM in jazz bass performance from Italian Conservatories of Music. He regularly instructs groups and individuals, tailoring his approach to inspire students’ musical education.

What I Teach

  • Jazz Theory
  • Composition
  • Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Big Band and smaller ensembles writing
  • Score Preparation
  • Sibelius notation software

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Andrew Cumbow

Andrew Cumbow currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has over ten years of experience as a choral conductor in schools, churches and collegiate settings. After earning his MM in Choral Conducting, he began composing, specializing in music for church choirs, as well as arranging choral arrangements for high school and middle school choir. Andrew brings his expertise with the human voice and the choral learning process into his works, creating accessible choral music for all ages.

What I Teach

A capella choral music, church choir music, school choral music, arranging choral music.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Norman David

A professional composer and performer for 30+ years, I continue to be immersed in both classical and jazz music. My works have been commissioned or premiered by numerous renowned performers and ensembles. I have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum. I have a D.M.A. from Temple University and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory, both in composition. I also completed advanced studies in composition, arranging and saxophone at Berklee College of Music.

What I Teach

I teach both instrumental and vocal composition to advanced levels, centered on contemporary chamber music (solo to medium-sized ensembles) and jazz composition and arranging (small groups to big band).

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jonah Daniell


Jonah Daniell is an educator and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Specializing in Jazz, Classical, Funk, and Songwriting styles, he brings a variety of influences to his teaching practice. Drawing upon inspiration from such artists as Samuel Barber, Claude Debussy, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Vulfpeck, and Mike Viola, Jonah brings a unique flavor to his compositions.

 

As a composer, Jonah has written for chamber ensembles, orchestra, jazz ensembles, funk groups, electronic integrated acoustic groups, and is able to engage with contemporary and historically established music of all genres and mixed genres.


What I Teach

Jonah emphasizes the ability to pull across genres using stylistic techniques, balancing technology and theory, while focusing on supporting his students’ ability to command technical choices that yield specific emotional results. Whether teaching composition for film, choral groups, video games, commercial or art songs, Jonah’s courses will give students a comprehensive understanding of compositional theory, techniques, enhancing their writing.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Michael Emenau

Michael is a graduate of McGill, 1989 with a Bac. in classical performance and has worked professionally as a studio musician, composer, producer, re-mixer and arranger for 30 years, playing such diverse genres as jazz, EDM, Country, Hindustani, Gospel, Baroque, Klezmer, Ambient, Lo-fi and Orchestral music.  During this time he has recorded over 1,800 CD's, composed music for over 8 films, released 12 solo albums, performed 4,000+ concerts, and lived on 3 continents. As a recording artist he has released a series of highly acclaimed cd's on the boutique record labels, Hearts of Space, Daikini, and Six Degree's records. Michael is the creator of the multiple award winning music education app "EASY MUSIC" (iTunes editors "Top 100 apps of 2016") and his best-selling online ear-training school "Play Music by Ear - From Beginner To Fluency" released in April 2019 has 700+ active students. Michael is a frequent content developer and bloger for both DubSpot and the Icon Collective  electronic music schools.

What I Teach

  • Composition, arrangement, orchestration, and production techniques for jazz, world, electronic and classical music.

  • How to use DAW’s (Abelton, Logic Pro) as compositional tools to propel creativity. 

  • How to authentically, respectfully and effectively incorporate Non-Western musical styles into your compositions

  • Integration of classical music into popular setting, and vice-versa

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jesus Espinal

I am a passionate teacher who loves teaching music to all ages. As a teenager I won many awards for solo classical guitar performance.  I graduated from Berklee college of music in 2019 with a degree in Jazz composition and minored in Jazz music theory. In summer of 2019 I was invited to Athens Greece to write and perform string quartets.

What I Teach

I focus on Jazz composition/arranging.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly


Giovanni (John) Esposito

Giovonni is both a U.S. and Italian citizen and holds a B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University in Piano Performance and an M.A. from Columbus University in Piano Pedagogy. His studies also include extensive collaboration with Chamber Music, Opera Accompanying and dule Piano repertory. He is a member of the International Chamber Music Society, National Piano Teacher's Guild and Broward County Piano Teacher's association. Giovonni is an active performer and collaborator, and has a home studio as well as teaching at various locations.     "I enjoy teaching and performing and making music as part of my being, not just a skill or technique that you develop" (Giovonni)  

What I Teach

  

Music Theory and Composition 

Sight Reading

Composing and Arranging

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

John Fischer

I was born and grew up in Wisconsin, where I marched with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.  I attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities before finishing my degree at Indiana State University in Music Education.  I have been a band director for 15 years, and have written music for my bands, as well as groups from Indiana and Texas.

What I Teach

I specialize in writing for Marching Band and for Indoor Drumline, but also write small ensemble and concert band literature as well.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Joel Ford

Joel Ford, MFA Music Composition, MA Education), 43, living and teaching in Portland Oregon, is an award winning composer,   multi-instrumentalist, and seasoned teacher whose training comes from a series of stellar and inspiring mentors. Joel's compositions have been performed and recorded worldwide, and his students learn quickly and are inspired to create and expand their own musical sound. Joel has written for large and small ensembles, and gone in depth with many genres, including classical, musical theater, jazz, experimental, world music, midi arranging, and songwriting. Joel's written works comprise symphonic and chamber, symphonic, jazz, electronic, algorithmic rock, funk, devotional and educational works. Joel's music and teaching inspires others to enjoy and take part in the creation and art of music.

What I Teach

Using online platforms, I teach to my students' interests, and meet them where they are in their musical journey and knowledge of theory, form, and style. I teach fundamentals through advanced theory, and I offer insight to the personal creative process and how to bring out your own inner music. I love sharing musical inspirations and historical anecdotes with my students. I give easy, fun assignments, and I love workshopping my students' music to talk about where to go next, how to write authentically, arrangement, orchestration, performance, and even publication and production.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Julie Foster

Julie Foster is the proud recipient of two undergraduate degrees in music and her Master of Music in Composition. She is an alumni of Kennesaw State University and Georgia Southern University. She has immersed herself in the world of music, from soprano to composer to educator. She is a nationally recognized composer and had premieres of her works across the United States. She participated in master classes with renowned composers including David Lang, Chen-Yi, David Garner, Brian Schmidt, and Abbie Betinis, along with librettist, Michael Dennis Brown. With her experience, she is a rising artist in many different musical realms.

What I Teach

Choral, Classical, Chamber Works, Showtunes, Opera, And More!

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Leslie Frost

Based in the NYC Metro area, Leslie Frost holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance and has a background in collaborative piano, vocal performance/coaching/choral music.  Leslie has training in Music Theory/Ear Training/Improvisation in Dalcroze Eurythmics from Longy School of Music in Boston. The practice of  Dalcroze  is central to her work as a composer - from melodic and rhythmic gesture to the interplay of musical elements within music.   In her final semester of study in the MFA of Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Leslie enjoys developing an collaborative and creative approach to music learning.


What I Teach

  • Compositional practice: from inspiration through to performance.
  • Music theory and ear training including score study.
  • Writing for voice and choral ensembles - including amateur and student groups.
  • Improvisation as a source of creativity.
  • Intersection of music with literary and visual art forms.
  • Pedagogical composition - writing for music students and incorporating composition into traditional vocal and instrumental study and musicianship.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Daniel Gil

Daniel Gil is a composer, musicologist, folk musician, producer, arranger and performer living in the Boston area. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has composed and performed classical, rock, and folk music.  His classical compositions often incorporate the majestic scenes and beautiful melodies of his Chassidic heritage.


Daniel has played and lectured on the history and nature of Jewish Music at the New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, and Tufts University.. He has been a recipient of grants from both the Meru Foundation and the Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies.  


What I Teach


I teach music theory, and composition. I use a combination of traditional theory and contemporary jazz theory as the backdrop for helping students achieve their artistic goals and potential. My approach gives the student the best of both worlds, establishing a good foundation of knowledge, while allowing for the individual's unique expression to emerge.


I also teach contemporary song writing. I teach the knowledge and importance of structure in song writing, and how structure, lyrics, and harmonic concepts interrelate in the overall affect of a song. I also teach accessible and quick  techniques in self-knowledge, in order to tap into your own deep feelings and ideas; which are essential in song writing.


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Steve Goldshein

Steve Goldshein is a composer and producer with over ten years’ experience in scoring for games, film, and animation. His credits include “Red Vs. Blue” and “RWBY” by Rooster Teeth, and the game “Whispering Willows.”

Steve specializes in combining hybrid electronic/rock elements with orchestral writing, using advanced technology to create detailed realism with virtual instruments, as well as funk, jazz, and fusion.

What I Teach

If you want to learn how to unlock the power of modern production tools to enhance your compositions, while also developing a solid foundation of composing, arranging, and orchestration, Steve Goldshein is the instructor for you.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Juanpablo Gomez

Juanpablo Gomez is an accomplished  Singer, songwriter/ Music Producer whose worked with artists from Sony's Century media family.

What I Teach

I specialize in contemporary genres including Post rock, Christian Worship, Rock, Metal. My music composition curriculum consists of tools and skills learned from my time in Berklee College of Music and real world experiences such as Form, Harmony, and Melody

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jeremiah Gonzales

Jeremiah Gonzales is an American musical entertainer, composer, pianist, singer, actor, dancer, and a 2020 graduate from California State University, Northridge with a piano performance degree. His compositional genres include art music, soundtrack, arranging, Pop, Rnb, Funk, Latin American music, lyricism and popular songwriting. Find him on major streaming sites and Instagram @jeremiahgonzales52

What I Teach

Very rare where an artist maturely and naturally establishes a voice that sets one’s style apart from the rest. My main goal with students is to simply guide them in their creative process and polish a ‘colour’ and quality from a diverse aura of stylization and theory.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Matthew Gordy

Matt Gordy is a drummer/percussionist/composer/arranger who has performed with international orchestras all over the
world and with star attractions such as Joni Mitchell,Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson, and Peter Frampton, to name a few. He
presently resides in Los Angeles, where he
leads/composes/arranges for his own JazzTonite Sextet.He performed at the 2013 Changsha Music Festival in
Changsha, Hunan Province, China as part of the official U.S. Delegation to China.
Recently, he presented/arranged Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky performed by a jazz nonet at the Blue Whale, Downtown Los Angeles.

What I Teach

  • Composition/arranging for small ensembles, big band and orchestra
  • Improvisational techniques for all instruments
  • How to take a large orchestral work and pare it down to it’s bare essence
  • Ear training using relative pitch
  • How to voice chords using all 12 chord types


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

John Gorrindo

Do you find yourself in a musical no-(wo)mans-land?  Are you third and fourth stream musicians whose music rises from the confluence of multiple tributaries?  Do you need help to synthesize and notate it?  This marks my own musical journey, working to either integrate multiple styles or focus on one as witnessed by a masters degree in composition from U.C. San Diego, studies in classical, electronic and computer music; jazz, rock n’ roll, South American folk music, minimalism and Indonesian gamelan.  Studies with Pauline Oliveros, David Cope, Undang Sumarna (gamelan), and Gordon Mumma. For a listen: visit soundcloud, ID “merah”.

What I Teach

I am best equipped to serve beginning composition students with jazz, pop, folk, and classical backgrounds who are looking to take their solo performance and improvisational skills and learn how to expand them into larger format arrangements, whether it be a string quartet, chamber ensemble, symphonic group, a collection of electronic instruments, or traditional big band jazz ensemble .  As needed, references to advanced music theory, form and analysis, orchestration, and post common practice uses of all aspects of a musical structure are inevitably part of the class experience. The use of Kontakt-compatible sound libraries, digital audio workstations, and Sibelius notating software is the medium by which I technically accomplish my own work.  I provide not only guidance, but textual materials for study.  Composition teachers should be sources of information for study outside of class as well as facilitators.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Tyler Grow

Since I can remember, the cinematic score has always been a passion of mine. Being one of the first high school students to attend the NYU Film Scoring workshop working with choirs, orchestras, and numerous films scoring projects I feel confident in my ability to teach you everything you need to know to begin your journey in film scoring. I currently study at SCAD with an undergraduate in Sound Design.

What I Teach

- Intro to Film Scoring.

 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to compose for film? Are you a seasoned musician and are looking to dive into the world of how film score works? Do you also want to know how to get gigs and good resources to get into to help build your presence as a film composer? In this class we will go over all of those details, and you will be given an opportunity to score to 1 scene from a film and be critiqued by your student peers and myself.  You will leave this class knowing the fundamental ideas of film scoring.


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Cameron Gwynn

Cameron is an Athens, GA based trumpet player, pianist, and composer who has recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory at the University of Georgia. He has written for numerous chamber and large ensembles, as well as solo piano, big band, and fixed media. Beyond composition, he has written and recorded in Hollywood for an album that reached #23 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts and played piano in the Georgia Country Awards.

What I Teach

  • Marching band writing/arranging
  • Songwriting (Including lyrics and production)
  • Concert band writing (All levels)
  • Solo piano composition
  • Orchestral/Chamber writing
  • Jazz composition
  • -Any other weird/niche projects you need help with!


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly








Carolina Hengstenberg

Carolina Hengstenberg is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and music director, graduated Magna cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Composition, Film Scoring, Conducting. She is the co- founder and composer at the animation studio Bubblegum Cartoons, located in Los Angeles. She has worked as an orchestrator for the Christmas Concert at the Carnegie Hall in NY, and as the music director of "Grease" in Boston. She teaches at a Conservatory in Spain, and at Coursera Berklee Online 


What I Teach

Classical 

  • Tonal harmony
  • Composition
  • Contemporary Techniques
  • Counterpoint
  • Instrumentation
  • Orchestration

Contemporary Music

  • Jazz Harmony
  • Contemporary Counterpoint
  • Arranging (all styles)
  • Film Scoring Score Preparation 
  • Music notation with Sibelius 


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Lauren Hepburn

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Lauren received her degree in Music Education from the Central Washington University in 2011 and taught in Seattle Public Schools for five years before then getting her Master's in Music Education from the University of Washington in 2019. She currently is a conductor of a Seattle community band, maintains a studio of private students, and performs in the area. Her biggest strengths will be helping composers who want to write for school ensembles or create educational material for developing musicians and need help with orchestration, appropriate instrumentation, and skill level. She can also give a conductor's point of view when looking at a new piece and help with creating a user friendly score.

What I Teach

  • Orchestration
  • Student music
  • Score study

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Robert Hetherington

Rob Hetherington started to play the guitar at age 13 year. At 16 he won a scholarship to The Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. Rob studied with famous Norbert Kraft, Bob Hamilton and Eli Kassner.  Rob also studied with Mark Delpriora in NYC before graduating in 2004.

 

Rob is a passionate teacher, and has taught at several schools including The Westchester Conservatory, and The Dorian School of Music. While living in New York he had the honor of working with Todd Williams, Emmy winner John Wineglass, and film composer Mario Grigorov.


Rob has been actively composing guitar music since 2004.  Many genres include jazz, blues, Spanish and classical guitar music. Regarding composition, he strives to help students find their unique voice through the study of established forms, and creativity.

 

What I Teach

My objective is to work with you to find the direction you want to pursue, and proceed to concentrate our work in that area. We will usually study common writing techniques, and analyze great scores and recordings. Original ideas will then come from our study. I will work with you on organizing the musical content and producing the session, and finally bouncing the project.  

 

I will objectively share my ideas throughout the process and provide you with technical and artistic feedback. My goal is to provide another set of ears, encouragement, and advice to elevate you, and provide the necessary skills in order for you to get to the next level of your craft.  

 

I look forward to growing with you as we embrace music together!


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman has a BAMus from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has been teaching Advanced Piano for 10 years and Composition for 4 years. He makes a living conducting choirs, arranging and composing for Musicals, Choirs, Jazz bands and Solo Piano, as well as performing with and accompanying musicians and choirs on Organ or Piano. He's specialty is in Piano music, Choral and African traditional music.

What I Teach

  • Orchestration
  • Choral Composition
  • African traditional music for Choirs
  • General Composition elements in the style of Classical, Jazz or Latin
  • Improvisation
  • - Musicals: The art of combining music and Drama

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Judge Katz

Judge Katz is a young composer, guitarist, and pianist, studying at UCSD. He takes heavy influence from Romantic composers but subverts arrangement conventions by carrying a main theme through a score, under a polyharmony, without returning to a coda. Israeli-American composer Ofer Ben-Amots commended Judge for “writing such serious music at such an early age” and that he had “excellent musical ideas.” He’s preformed in Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House with Chamber Bravura; his time in choir inspired him to write several choral works. From neo-romantic piano pieces to overdriven rock music, Judge is a storyteller in everything he writes.

What I Teach

Modern Songwriting

How to write melodies, chord progressions, solos, and write lyrics for modern music. The genres covered are rock, pop, and electronic, but many of the skills learned apply to other genres.

Composition for piano

A study of piano opus and how to apply piano styles (sonatas, concertos, etudes) to your work. There will also be content on how to support your pieces with strong sections. 

Choral Composition

Phrasing, theory, styles, and covers for choirs. This course puts an emphasis on the musical logistics of performance choral pieces. 

All lessons explore the process of songwriting and composing and finding a unique process of your own. 

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Joseph Landi

Joe Landi is a NY based composer, guitarist, and educator. He holds a
bachelor's degree in guitar performance from Mannes College and a
master's degree in composition from Queen's College. As a performer, he
has made appearances at the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New
York’s Fall Festival, the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, and the
Guitar Foundation of America’s New York City Regional Symposium. His
compositions have been performed both internationally and domestically
by many soloists and ensembles, such as the Random Access Music String
Quartet, the Curiosity Cabinet Chamber Orchestra, and the Cobalt
Saxophone Quartet. Joe draws from a wide variety of influences – from
Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok, to the soundtracks of some of his
favorite video games – to create his works.

What I Teach

  • Composition and arranging for soloists, chamber music, and orchestra
  • Songwriting, basics of harmony and counterpoint
  • Orchestration
  • Guitar composition, performance, and arranging
  • Improvisation techniques


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Vivaswan Legend

Vivaswan Legend is a Music Composer, Singer/Songwriter, born in India.

Vivaswan had primary vocal lessons & piano lessons in India. Studied Music Production at SAE Institute of Technology, New York, USA. He worked as a composer for University of Southern California & International Academy of Film and Television, scoring 2 short films. 

His first album “You & New York” released in 2013, a 9 track instrumental album, each track, combined, tells a story, composed just using GarageBand.

Vivaswan Legend has music written in variety of genres, from Classical to Jazz, New Age & Electronic. He writes songs, orchestrates & arranges music as well. Also a professional mixing engineer. His music is available on major Digital & Selected Retail Stores. Now working on a project based on collaboration, soon to be a part of future touring.

Vivaswan Legend is a Member of BMI & SoundExchange.

What I Teach

Composition

  • Composition from scratch (Irrespective of the genre)
  • Turn/Develop ideas to a composition
  • Film Music appreciation 
  • Writing Music in Live using MuseScore

Songwriting

  • How to write a Song from scratch
  • Music for the Song

Orchestration

  • Basic writing for Strings, Horns & Woodwinds

Arrangement

  • Basic arrangement for music and/or song

Music Mixing

  • Basic usage of EQ, Reverb and Compressor

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Patrice LeBlanc

I have a M.A. degree in Musical Theatre with a Certificate in Music Composition from Regis University I am an active performer, director, composer, playwright, director and teaching artist in Colorado. I create, produce and direct original musicals based on historical events.

What I Teach

I teach music Writing for Musical Theatre classes and Jazz Composition.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Colt Camron Lien

Colt Camron is a composer, conductor, and baritone vocalist living in Moorhead, MN. In May of 2020, Camron graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education. During his four years at Concordia, Camron has independently studied choral composing and arranging under internationally renowned composer and conductor René Clausen, taking his methods and applying them to Camron's own sense of musical integrity.

What I Teach

  • Choral arranging & composing
  • Orchestration
  • How to let the vocal texture shine through accompaniment
  • How to format and edit scores
  • How to create your own website and promote yourself as a composer

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Christine Matte

Hello. I’m Christine Matte, I live in North Carolina, USA. I received a BA in Psychology with emphasis in Music and a MS in Clinical Psychology. I have taught private and group music lessons for 20+ years instruments and composition. 

What I Teach

I enjoy writing multi-genre lyric pieces and classical instrumental pieces on piano or guitar. I tailor lessons to fit the student(s) while giving them space to explore their own ideas with guidance as needed. I have enjoyed watching invested, talented students fall in love with composing and become determined to develop their talent to see where it will take them.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Conner McCain


Conner David McCain holds an MMus from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and an MA in Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. His works have been performed all over the world by ensembles such as Voces8 and the Red Note Ensemble, and he has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Italy, Scotland, and across the United States. In addition to being a composer and instructor, he is also active as an organist and church music director in upstate New York.


What I Teach

In addition to wide-ranging composition instruction for choral and instrumental ensembles tailored to the needs of individual students, Conner also teaches:

•    How Music Works: The Building Blocks that Make Music Great
•    Composition as Improvisation/Improvisation as Composition
•    Setting Texts to Music
•    Writing Sacred Music


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Nathan Mays

Nathan Mays is an active musician and versatile composer from the Gulf of Texas, who has collaborated with numerous musicians, dancers, and painters to explore the artistic bounds of modern music. He began studying composition in 2009 at San Jacinto Community College, finishing his Bachelors of Music in Composition at Sam Houston State University in 2013 and Masters of Music in Composition at Texas State University in 2016.

What I Teach

Nathan focuses on modern compositional styles such as art song and contemporary music, but he has experience in songwriting and jazz arranging.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jeff McAuley

Jeff McAuley is a composer, cellist, producer, and educator living in upstate New York. He holds a B.M degree from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and a M.M. degree from Northern Illinois University. His music has been broadcast on radio and television, used for dance and theatrical productions, and has been performed live in various venues throughout the world. Jeff spent over a decade living in Istanbul, Turkey, where the multicultural sounds of the east found a place within his music, which has been described as widely accessible, consisting of lush melodies, and fascinating rhythmic exploration. 


What I Teach

  • Species Counterpoint 
  • 20th Century Techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Composition - Basic To Advanced 
  • Writing For Strings
  • Feeling Odd Meters


Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Julie McCarthy

Julie McCarthy is an energetic composer with a wide variety of skills. Her musical background ranges from composing a variety of genres both in the classical and commercial world.

McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Denver and a Masters of Music at Berklee College of Music in Scoring to Film, TV, and Video-games. McCarthy has had premiered works in New Zealand, LA, Budapest, and London.

McCarthy works in the film industry as a Composer, Mixer, Sound Designer, Arranger and Music Supervisor for  media both local and internationally.

What I Teach

Composing, Orchestration, Mixing, Arranging, Videogame Scoring, Film Scoring, Recording and Home Studio Set Up, D.A.W: Logic Pro X, Ableton, Cubase, Digital Performer, and Reaper

Notation Software: Sibelius X, Muse Score

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Michael Meier

Michael Meier is a composer, saxophonist, and music educator. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance in 2017. During his time at KSU, he taught aural skills courses, assisted with teaching music history courses, and coached various saxophone quartets. Michael has also served as a teaching assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder in both the saxophone and music theory departments.

What I Teach

  • Instrumental Composition
  • Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Video Game Scoring
  • Electronic Music

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Paul Melidona

Paul Melidona is a Chicago based pianist, vocalist, instrumentalist, worship leader, and conductor, in the US and Canada. He has a BA in Sacred music, a MM in performance and a Doctorate in Worship Studies. He has written and arranged music for vocal ensembles and has composed numerous worship choruses. He won 2nd runner-up in an international song writing competition sponsored by Wired2Worship. Paul has also taught improvisation for piano and woodwinds. He has been an online instructor for the last several years, in addition to maintaining a music studio in his home for private instruction.

What I Teach

  • Basic songwriting techniques
  • Lyrical development for songs
  • Developing improved piano technique for worship
  • Vocal ensemble arranging
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation for worship keyboard
  • Improvisation for woodwinds
  • Vocal instruction
  • Woodwind instruction
  • Piano/Keyboard instruction
  • Arranging psalms and other biblical passages into contemporary worship expressions


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Oscar Micheli

Oscar Micheli was born on December 14th, 1972.  Oscar enhanced his passion and understanding for music, which helped him develop his own musical perspective; graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 in Jazz Composition and Arranging.

Since graduating Oscar has had the blessing of working with some of the most innovating and prestigious names in the world of music. The list includes:  Grammy winners Chichi Peralta and Juan Luis Guerra, Xiomara Fortuna, as well as many others. He also became a professor at the National Conservatory of Music, Micheli and his trio have participated in many local and international events, some being: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest, Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival; Dominican Week in Miami, Florida; Hudson River Jazz Fest en NY, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival alongside of major players such as Arturo Sandoval, Chucho Valdes, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sánchez, Steve Khan, Ramón Vásquez, Fellé Vega, Néstor Torres and others. He received a lifetime achievement recognition in the Dominican Republic at the 2017 International Jazz Day celebrations. Mr. Micheli is a Casio Endorsed Artist.

What I Teach

As a Teacher I use various effective techniques in which the student builds strength, agility and lasting musicianship skills and discover their own voice. Musicianship, Ear Training, Reading, Music Theory, Rhythm Studies, Improvitation, performer and how they apply to Chords and Melody *Building your own repertoire of music (Instrumental and Vocals) In short, I give tools and the knowledge to use them in order to create music, rather than just copying someone's actions and not learning how music works. I play bass and guitar as a second instruments.

Classes available in Spanish.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Michael Mills

Michael Mills is an accomplished composer whose music has been performed throughout the American Mid-Atlantic region, Europe, and on public radio. He composes music that addresses
topics related to the human experience utilizing a unique compositional voice which mixes contemporary and traditional practices. Michael ignores the notion of being defined by a genre and enthusiastically creates music across an immense range of styles, mediums, and skill levels. He is an avid instructor with experience teaching both in person and online. Michael earned his BA in Music Composition and Technology with a Minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2019.

What I Teach

- Instrumental composition (solos - large ensemble)
- Intro to Music and Multimedia (film, video-game, electro-acoustic, electronic, etc.)
- Forming and developing a personal compositional voice
- Effective music engraving

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Erik-Peter Mortensen

I’m a proud 4th generation musician with decades of professional experience and composition degrees from Columbia and Berklee. I've helped countless on their musical journey from complete beginners to experienced musicians.  I am a musical chameleon who is fluent in challenging and diverse styles from the Middle Ages to present contemporary music. 

What I Teach

Whether you’re an emerging or well-established composer looking to explore songwriting, writing for duets, chamber ensembles, vocal soloists, full choirs, film score or a full symphony orchestra, I’m the teacher for you!  Are you also looking to experiment with hybrid electronic elements for film scoring, games, or visual media? I will be your all-in-one mentor helping you realize YOUR goals in any genre(s) of your interest!!

 

Let’s have fun developing your full creative potential! 

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Mat Muntz

Mat Muntz is a composer and double bassist based in Brooklyn, NY. Mat’s work encompasses a wide range of musical idioms, from jazz and avant-garde improvisation to traditional music from India, East Asia, and the Balkans. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music and has performed across North America, Europe, and China, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz Standard, Blue Note Beijing, and the Umbria Jazz Festival. His compositions have been premiered at The Shed and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York.

What I Teach

Areas in which Mat teaches include jazz orchestration/arranging, tonal and contrapuntal theory, composing for improvisors, engraving/part preparation, and microtonal composition, as well as general approaches to craft and creativity.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Dave Muto

Dave Muto is a guitarist, bassist, composer, and teacher based in New York City who has been playing music for over 15 years. His work has been featured in video games, short films and book trailers.

What I Teach

His classes largely focus on composition for video games of all sorts, and trailers/commercials.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Reuben Pace

I started my music studies at the age of 8 and eventually did my Masters and PhD at the University of Wales finishing in 2011. I have composed for different ensembles from solo instruments up to full scale operas. ‘Il-Kantilena’ (2014) is the first ever Maltese multi-media opera whilst City of Humanity (2016 – work in progress) is the first ever opera cycle. My music has been performed around the world including in Moscow and at the Musikverein in Vienna. 

What I Teach

My areas of expertise are: vocal music, music with other artforms (especially opera and film), composing for the classical guitar and chamber music.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Yan Pang

I am currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. I received my Ph.D. in Music with a minor in Theater Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. My work is focused on intercultural music composition and performance. I considers both my music composition and dance choreography as paths to building multicultural understanding and tolerance.

What I Teach

I teach classical contemporary composition with a focus on theatrical/dance works.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Andrew Parr

Andrew Parr is a Minnesota-based choral director and composer.  Parr is an active member of  the American Choral Directors Association and holds a K-12 music teaching license in the state of Minnesota.  A New Jersey native, he earned degrees in music and education from St. Olaf College, where he studied conducting and voice with Dr. Anton Armstrong and sang in The St. Olaf Choir. He composes music for educational and church choral settings, and his music is published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, and Choristers Guild.

What I Teach

  • Educational composition for K-12 schools
  • Commercial educational music publication
  • Overview of "how to" get published in the educational market.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Natalia Pavolotckaia

I'm a professional singer, arranger, composer, songwriter, vocal teacher, songwriting and composing instructor and a stage craft coach with a London's Bachelor degree (Higher diploma) in music performance. 

I'm currently finishing my Master's course in the Institute of contemporary music performance (ICMP - London). I've been working in big music industry since 2003 and teaching  - since 2009. 

Being interested in different comprising genres and spheres, i'm glad to teach how to do it. You are welcome to become a part of it!

What I Teach

  • Pop/rock songwriting and composing.
  • The craft of contemporary songwriting and composing.
  • Creating mainstream hits.
  • Underground songwriting and composing.
  • Creating for films.
  • Electronic music arranging with logic pro.
  • Creating electronic music.
  • Songwriting style and individuality.
  • Creativity, inspiration, ideas and motivation.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

David Pennise

David Pennise is a graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Music Theory and Composition. He is working toward an M.F.A. in Music Composition through Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in Music Education through Liberty University Online. He is projected to graduate in August. David is a French Horn performer and active composer who specializes in neoclassical and pop/rock music, but is flexible stylistically.

What I Teach

Areas of focus include media, classical, choral, commercial, chamber and songwriting. David’s love of music translates well to students who he inspires to achieve success and find their compositional voices.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Sakis Petropoulos

Born in Athens, Sakis Petropoulos began studying classical guitar at the age of nine.

He holds a classical guitar Degree and a Diploma with ‘A Prize.

He has studied Musicology at the Music Department of the University of Athens, while he got his Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Orchestration Degrees with excellence.

He studied composition with Harvard Phd and Berkley Professor Alexandros Kalogeras and Professor in Aristotle University Christos Samaras.

He holds a Master's Degree in Composition for Film, Theater and Performing Arts from Ionian University.

He has written music for feature films, short films, animation, various ensembles and solo instruments.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Maxwell Pierce

Working in the music industry in Los Angeles, Maxwell Pierce holds his BA in performance, is a professional musician and teacher with 20 years of experience in session work and musical theater. He specializes in contemporary arranging and composition including how to compose/arrange for a modern rhythm section (with or without a horn section), musical theater arrangements, MDing and conducting in a contemporary environment. 

What I Teach

  • Arranging basics (do’s & don'ts)
  • Techniques and concepts for using Sibelius
  • Music Theory (knowing the rules and how to break them)
  • Song Structure 
  • Contemporary Arranging & Composition
  • Working with Ensambles 
  • Music Directing (being a great band leader)


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly



Frank Louis Pisani

Mr Pisani is a professional pianist/performer, composer/arranger, teacher and voice coach. Choir/Music Director @ Wakfield Grace united Methodist church Bx, NY. Frank is the creator and composer of  "Zephyr's Pond" a Family Musical http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogvz1ocpCTw Manhattan School of Music BM (Composition major /minor in piano) Mr Pisani has 35 plus years working in all genres of music as an educator, performer and creator. www.pisanimusic.com A prolific composer and arranger ,a writer/member of ASCAP since 1977. Commercial/TV writing credits include: Sunoco; Lutheran Relief Fund; Catholic Charities; ABC & CBS Sports, composer/music director or Cinemax "The Movie Trivia Show". From touring and performing with R&R Hall of fame musicians such as"Little Steven" Van Zandt", Carmine Appice, Tommy James, countless "gigs", to composing camber works for soloists, orchestra and small ensembles, and a "Star Search " finalist , Frank is about range and versatility.


What I Teach

  • Orchestration
  • Composition /Songwriting in all genres
  • Arranging
  • Structure
  • Composing for money, being able to replicate what the client hears.
  • Voice leading / counterpoint
  • Musical Versatility and Authenticity

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Patrick Prouty

Patrick Prouty is a composer, bassist and educator from Detroit MI.

Patrick's skills as a composer cross many genres including jazz, salsa, orchestral, and avant-garde. His music has been featured in many TV shows and feature films including Breaking Bad, Brooklyn 99, Overboard, The Good Place, Parenthood, Nurse Jackie, The Today Show, Masterpiece Theater and many others.

His music won multiple awards for his music including the Block M Records Award in 2006 and the Detroit Music Award for Best Jazz Recording in 2008 and 2012.

What I Teach

Songwriting, Film Scoring, Jazz, Orchestral, Electronic and Avant-garde.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Kenny Regan

Kenny Regan is a Los Angeles-based composer for screen and stage. In seeking to create an aesthetic dialogue between the ancient and the avant-garde, Kenny draws from a wide range of influences: from orchestral and chamber music, to medieval music, to jazz and gospel, to electronics—he views tradition and trajectory as two sides of the same coin, each of which must be explored to fully appreciate the other.  With a B.M. in Composition and an M.M. in Screen Scoring from the University of Southern California, Kenny has studied under Frank Ticheli, Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett and Russ Ferrante, among others.

What I Teach

  • Classical composition
  • Orchestration Composing for the screen
  • Finale music notation software
  • Producing virtual orchestral mock-ups
  • Music theory and ear training
  • Jazz arranging and improvisation

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Rebecca Danner Remley

Dr. Remley has a 35 year career writing instrumental, choral, chamber and theme music for radio and television sports broadcasts. Her extensive experience teaching composition, music theory and music technology has proven her to be  a gifted communicator. She has studied composition with W. Francis McBeth, Newell K. Brown, Dinos Constantinides, Cindy McTee and Craig First. She holds degrees from Ouachita University, the University of North Texas and the University of Alabama.

She enjoys working with beginning to advanced composers and arrangers. Her instructional videos on YouTube have been used by numerous high schools and colleges to assist with executing the twists and turns of music theory.

What I Teach

  • Beginning through advanced composition
  • Instrumental and choral arranging
  • Music theory - beginning to advanced, remedial, and skill enhancement
  • Sibelius and Finale

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jason Rohona

Jason Rohona’s music is equally complex and emotive. Jason specializes in music for films and video games as well as contemporary classical with a focus on Neo-Romantic styles. His work has been performed around the globe from the states to the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Jason has composed and orchestrated for feature films as well as national advertising campaigns (Apple TV+). Jason earned his Master’s in Film Scoring from Seattle Film Institute and his Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Colorado Christian University.

What I Teach

  • Music Composition & Orchestration
  • Film Music Composition
  • Video Game Music Composition
  • Music Notation/Engraving

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Rachel Sabella

I am a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. I have my Bachelor’s degree in composition from Temple University. I am an experienced composer and songwriter. I’ve been songwriting and composing my entire life. Some accomplishments of mine include writing a symphony for my high school orchestra my junior year, and an opera my senior year. I’ve also self-produced an album and a music video. I am a passionate and experienced teacher, and no matter where your piece is or where your understanding of music theory is, I will get you the help you need.

What I Teach (including K-12)

  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting
  • Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Arranging
  • Score Reading
  • Conducting
  • Notation (on Sibelius) and Engraving
  • Printing Music


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Aliyah Shanti

A composer since the age of eight, I hold a BA in composition from Smith College and a PhD from Princeton University in musicology, with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque madrigal and opera. I have been a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould and BMI awards and I have over a decade's teaching experience in music. I am fascinated by the interplay between text and music and the lessons that music of the past can hold for music of today. I love helping other composers learn from existing music and find their own individual voices.

What I Teach

  • Composition fundamentals for young composers 
  • Theory and score analysis for composers 
  • Ear training 
  • Sight reading
  • Music notation and music software

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

John D. Short

John David Short holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music. His particular areas of interest are counterpoint, harmonic and modal study, and work with reharmonization. He’s worked and recorded with Classical, Jazz, and Pop artists, often attempting to bridge the three. He also works in the administration and promotion of artists and artistic materials, usually for socially-conscious purposes.

What I Teach

Songwriting (Various Styles)

Advanced and Modal Harmony

Counterpoint

Artist Development

Music Technologies/Formatting

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Austin D. Simonds

Austin D. Simonds is a classical pianist, composer, and educator. His work has been described as "passionate, beautiful, and memorable" by award-winning composer Claudia Howard Queen. A student of Augusta Read Thomas, much of his music deals with repetition, idiosyncratic gestures, lyricism, texture manipulation, and often contains a narrative or programmatic element. His work has been performed across the U.S. and internationally including Hong Kong and France.


What I Teach


I teach classical concert music in any style, chamber and large ensemble, as well as scoring for film and other media.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Renato Siracusano

Renato Siracusano is a professional soundtrack composer.

He was born in Lentini, Italy, in 1982.                                                                                                                   

Since 2001, collaborates with some important film production companies, such as the Cometa Film of Bologna and Kamel Film, Cinecittà. Also he is one of most important composers for Italian National TV RAI. In 2001 he composed the music for the short film “Son of Pen” produced by the Cometa Film winner of the Jameson prize at the Turin Film Festival and the only Italian short film at the Cannes Film Festival.

He signs the soundtracks, for the documentary series directed by Fabio Toncelli "The Landscape Hunter" for the tv program “Il Kilimangiaro” broadcast on Italian National TV channel Raitre. He wrote the music for the documentary "Valamarecchia magica" by Luigi Rossini produced by the Brahma Comunication S.R.L of Rome for the Geo & Geo program on Italian National TV Channel. He wrote the music for the film-doc "The last ship" directed by Fabio Toncelli broadcast on June 21, 2019 on intalian National TV channel Raitre, in the program tv "La Grande Storia" by Paolo Mieli.

What I Teach

Film Scoring Masterclass: Contemporary film scoring techniques, midi orchestration tips for creating music for films, television, game and others media.

Structure of the masterclass:

1.Terminology, procedures, aspects of film scoring.

2. Music Theory elements,   

3.Harmony

4. Orchestration with software

5.How to use a DAW

6.Create realistic orchestra sections (Percussions, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass)

7.Create score parts for live play

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Mike Slayen

Mike Slayen is a composer, arranger, performer, lecturer and instructor and has earned both his B.M./M.M in music at San Diego State.  Mike has penned music for his own CDs, performance pieces (solo to symphonic), worked with film directors and has music featured on movie soundtracks. Mike studied composition with William Kraft and David Ward-Steinman.

What I Teach

Sculpt the music in your mind into powerful product that moves the listener and attracts the attention of paid patrons. Proven techniques for all genres; commercial or artistic purposes, film, gaming, digital and instrumental. Orchestration, form, harmonic languages.... applied to ALL genres of music, including rock/popular, jazz, Latin to classical. Gain a command of the techniques that will powerfully catch your listeners ear and keep your music off the cutting room floor!

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Diego Smith

Diego Smith grew up in rural Dominican Republic until the 7th grade. In his youth he was exposed to American Folk and Rock and Roll from his father and Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata from his mother. In his adolescent years, he was exposed to Metal, Jazz, and Classical music.

He studied Composition at Berklee College of Music, where he studied Contemporary Styles and Jazz alongside his traditional compositional studies. While in Boston he wrote for and led an ensemble of about a dozen colleagues called the Mad Pop Tyccoons, with a surreal twist on Fusion.

After living in the Dominican Republic and spending some years studying and cataloging as many genres as possible, Diego returned to the states where he became a certified teacher and completed his Masters in Composition at the University of Hartford. While at Hartt, he wrote a number of pieces for chamber ensembles, electronics/mixed media, and the Composers Ensemble, a group of composers who wrote and played music that was often experimental and improvisational. His Thesis was a concept album lasting around an hour, including over 100 styles of music of original music, all recorded by Diego himself on about a dozen instruments.

Diego Smith currently teaches K-12 General Music, as well as private piano and guitar students. He writes, records, and films himself performing musical experiments on his youtube channel.

What I Teach

  • Traditional Composition - Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Post-Tonal Theory
  • Serialism
  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Jazz Theory
  • Chord Scale Theory, writing for large Jazz ensembles
  • Ear Training
  • Writing in Afro-caribbean Styles 
  • Songwriting
  • Guerilla Recording Techniques
  • Creating visual content to accompany music
  • Advanced Piano Skills

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Mark Smythe

Mark is a New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based composer known for his film, choral and classical music. He most recently scored Chris Sun's creature feature BOAR, currently streaming on AMC's Shudder platform. He holds a Grad. Dip. in Screen Composition (Distinction) from AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School), has received three Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominations, and two Australian Screen Industry Network Awards for best music. Mark taught film scoring at UCLA Extension 2017-2018, and since June 2018 has held a part-time role as COO of the Society of Composers & Lyricists.

What I Teach

Film Scoring 

Choral Composition

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Alfred Surenyan

Alfred Surenyan is a composer/ musicologist and conductor.  He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Claremont Graduate University in Composition/ Music Technology and Ethnomusicology.  His music ranges from Chamber Music, Orchestral Music and Electronic Music. He has taught Music Production at the college level.  His current project is the formation of the Andromeda Electric Orchestra, an all electric ensemble.  He serves at the Music Director and primary conductor.  


What I teach:

I teach music composition with the use of technology, mainly Logic Pro and Finale.  Genres include traditional music, film/ TV  scoring techniques and electronic music.   In general, I will teach and help composition students with any of their projects and give valuable feedback to help create the best possible end results. 


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Perry Suszek

Perry T. Suszek holds the BMEd Summa Cum Laude, from Northern Michigan University and the Master of Music degree from The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I composed and conducted for National and International events. I also served on the National Band Association National Composition Panel, which evaluated the finest new works for Band and/or Wind Ensemble. I studied under numerous influential composers. 

As a composer, I wrote (and taught) at every level, under my pen name. Currently I enjoy writing music for schools, colleges and universities. But my greatest joy has been seeing the phenomenal success of those whom I have had the privilege to teach! 


What I Teach

  • How to capture the energy of your composition by moving beyond technique. 
  • Writing for Woodwinds (young and mature). 
  • Composing from the perspective of the conductor and band director. 
  • Finding the best scoring. 
  • Warnings to heed when composing for events.


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Mason Tacke

Mason Tacke is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator from Fargo, ND. In May 2020, he received his degree in composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He has  experience performing and composing in multiple genres including classical, jazz, rock, and folk. 

What I Teach

  • String arranging
  • Instrumental writing
  • Song Writing
  • Producing as a multi-instrumentalist

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Yuta Tanaka

Yuta Tanaka is a composer with a background in jazz and Western Classical music, who seeks to indulge in crafting music he loves. He graduated from Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City with a Master of Arts in composition, where he has earned multiple awards including George Perle Award. In 2019 he held a fellowship at Talis Music Festival at Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he had a premiere of a chamber piece. 

What I Teach

As a composer with attention to detail, he is a skilled teacher specialized in teaching Classical, Jazz, arranging and songwriting.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Jasmine Thompson

Jasmine N. Thompson is a composer, lyricist & vocalist. With a Musical Theatre background of over twelve years, and a B.A. from New World School of the Arts in Music Composition, Thompson’s eclectic upbringing gives her music a unique sound that is bound to pull on your heart strings. Thompson strives to merge the beauty and simplicity of classical music with a fresh and contemporary sound.

Thompson has written two symphonic works for the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and has had multiple pieces performed in both Miami Music Project and Compositum Musicae Novae concerts.

Apart from the conventional classical oriented compositions, Thompson has participated in multiple projects and collaborations within the theatre scene. She composed incidental music for the  Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts’ theater production of 'Metamorphoses', and was selected to perform her piece 'Big City' in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival concert 'Beyond Words'.


What I Teach

  • Composition
  • Orchestration
  • Arranging
  • Notation Software: Sibelius, Finale, Muse Score
  • Musical Theatre Writing
  • Editing Music

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Andrew Tsai

Andrew Tsai is a New York-based session cellist, composer, and producer. He holds undergraduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied cello, composition, and music theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A recent graduate from New York University with a Masters of Music degree in Screen Scoring, he studied under Paul Chihara. He has a thorough understanding of string writing, a skill developed from his experience as both a concert cellist and arranger for Cleveland-based ensemble A Nickel For Your Thoughts. He has worked on video games, documentaries, film, and animation from institutions ranging from Ivy League film schools to Hollywood productions.  

What I Teach

  • Composition Basics: A Historical Approach via Contrapuntal Developments
  • Effective String Writing: How not to write like a non-string player 
  • Music Technology Basics: Music Production and Sound Design
  • Film Scoring Basics
  • Documentary Scoring Basics
  • Animation Scoring in the Modern Age, with focus on Anime
  • Video Game Scoring Basics, with focus on Unity and Wwise platforms 
  • How to collaborate with non-musicians on their projects

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Ayal Vishnitzer

I am a composer, guitar player, producer and educator whose music has been featured in films, T.V., records and concerts.

I composed original music for multiple films and high profile projects including the Bravo T.V. show Vanderpump Rules, and worked on T.V. shows such as Emmy award winning Modern Family. 

My original pieces were performed by prestigious ensembles such as the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, and as a bandleader and guitar player I performed my music worldwide including in well known L.A. venues such as Riviera 31 and Fais Do Do. 

I hold a B.A. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music where I graduated with honors.

What I Teach

Contemporary Film Scoring Methods and Techniques, Composition in Modern and Traditional Styles,  Jazz Composition and Arranging,  Guitar Composition and Improvisation,  Music Theory and Notation,  Music Production, and Orchestration.

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Melanie Meiqiao Wang

I am a Ph.D. candidate Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  I recevied my masters degree in music composition at Mannes School of Music, The New School and Bachelor degree in music composition at Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China. Currently I'm also a  Tutor coordinator at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

What I Teach

  • Composition
  • Music theory
  • Aural skill training,  include ear training and score reading

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Carol Nethen West

I’m an internationally recognized composer/producer with Masters in Composition and Studio Production from the U of Miami and a Bachelors in Music Education. My credits include many orchestral works in varied musical genres and instrument ensembles,TV scores, and CD releases. I’ve taught in college, secondary and primary schools and in private piano/composition settings. I enjoy creating effective strategies for online instruction and teaching online music composition of any style to serious students.

What I Teach

I am happy to work with collegiate level students who are in a matriculating degree and to coach young composers. My music is on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Courses


Mini Master Class Monthly


Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Cody Weinmann

Cody Weinmann plays and writes for many genres including solo pieces, pop songs, band and orchestral works, choral works and sacred and church music. He is a big lover of big sound textures, especially piano concertos or orchestral pieces with a piano feature. He has perfect pitch and synesthesia. He graduated cum laude with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Music Composition and Technology. You can find me on Youtube at Cody Weinmann, Composer and Instagram at codyweinmann.


What I Teach

Introduction to Composition 

Techniques

Orchestration

Romantic and Post-Romantic Music Techniques

Neoclassical type studies

Songwriting

Muse Score and Finale Tutorials


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Andrew Robert Wilcox

Andrew Robert Wilcox (b. 1990) was born into a non-musical family, but quickly learned the spark that music could create in elementary school, where he then devoted himself to the musical arts, performing in choirs and musicals until he reached college, where he decided to take up composition. He holds an Associates in Music from Long Beach City College, a Bachelor's in Music Composition from California State University, Fullerton, and is currently studying for his Master's in Composition at California State University, Long Beach.  He works at various playhouses as a composer and sound designer.

What I Teach

  • Music Theory
  • Score Presentation
  • Unconventional Musical Software
  • The Art of Collaboration

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Veronica Wu

Veronica Wu is a Taiwanese composer, grew up in Taiwan. She received her degree in Composition with minors in Film scoring, Recording Engineering and Piano from Taiwan Tainan National University of Arts, major in Composition. Now, she is pursuing her Masters of Music in Composition degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and is going to graduate in May 2020. She not only composed music but did sound design and earned the Best Sound Effect Award 2015 for the film Night Blindness. Veronica’s composing style is variety, it includes new music, traditional orchestration, film scoring, pop and rock music. She is also a singer-songwriter and has teaching experience for 6 years by teaching wide range of students from the ages 6-50.


What I Teach

Basic Composition

Instrumental Composing 

Orchestration 

Film Scoring

Music Theory

Basic DAW setting

Basic Music Software


Each student has their own characteristic and musical preference. For me as an instructor, the most important thing is helping students find their own composing voice by their personal composition goal and style. However, other than the uniqueness, I also value the elementary of music such as music theory. 


The lesson can also be taught in Chinese, so Chinese speakers are welcome.


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

Daniel Munoz Zamudio

I am originally from Valparaiso Chile.  I studied composition at Berklee College of Music with guitar as my principal instrument. I focus mainly on funk, rock, blues and a big amount of Latin rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata, etc). 

I've been teaching music for 10 years now with great results.  My goal is to understand what my students want to achieve and show them exactly what they need to do to get there.

What I Teach

  • Production
  • Film Scoring
  • Arranging
  • Harmony
  • Ear Training
  • Latin Rhythms
  • Hip-Hop, Rock
  • Funk and Blues


Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly

O Zotique

O Zotique (also known as Ọṣun, Oxun, Ocean) is a latinx composer, PhD candidate, dreamer, listener, shaman, and researcher based in New York State. O has trained at Fordham College–Lincoln Center, Juilliard, La Schola Cantorum de Paris, Deep Listening Institute, Sravasti Abbey, National Library for Ayurvedic Medicine, and UBuffalo. O enjoys improvising, composing, teaching, consulting, private coaching, rituals, performing, scholarship, activism, Eastern spirituality, Nonviolent Communication, artistic direction, and creative flow support. Recent commissions include: CONVECTUS Saxophone Quartet, NYRB Poets, RIC Orchestra, and Washington Symphony Orchestra. Teachers include Narcís Bonet and Pauline Oliveros. Preferred gender pronouns: they/them.

What I Teach

We will engage in a rigorous Masterclass, including traditional Ear-Training, Musicianship, Orchestration, Counterpoint, + Composition, steeped in the legacy of Nadia Boulanger. Some integration of Deep Listening® modality may be possible as well, which would include exploring graphic, text, and other more innovate forms of notation. These distinct areas of inquiry often serve musicians of diverse needs and backgrounds, while also maintaining the highest level of artistic rigor.  

Courses

Mini Master Class Monthly

Mini Master Class Bi-Monthly