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Lessons offered by Christopher
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Music Theory
Levels
  • All Levels

Online Music Theory Instruction! Straightforward, comprehensive, and patient teaching style. Offered by graduate of the Oregon State University Music program with over a decade of academic/freelance m

Methodology

This is my first time tutoring, and I am excited to share music theory knowledge with you and show you how fun it is! I've come to understand from my peers that academic music theory classes can be a bit stale, so I will break things down in terms of real-world application, with plenty of examples. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing theory professor in community college, so I want to ensure that your experience is just as insightful and inspiring!

Music theory is like a giant puzzle, so I like to start with the very basics and later put them in context of the bigger picture. But of course, based on your level of knowledge, we can start at any point, or focus on any topic! The most important method I will employ is simply making sure you understand each topic before moving on to the next. Without a firm understanding of each element, the puzzle does not work as a whole. So I will break it down piece by piece and we will take it at whatever pace works best for you!

We will cover all sorts of material: notes, the staff and sheet music, reading music, chords, rhythms, scales, modes, textures, instrumentation, historical perspective, and most importantly, modern application of music theory. All of this will be accompanied by examples (and not just old, outdated compositions). When listening to a song, I like to find at least one specific element that "makes" the song. So we will study music that has emotional impact and figure out what makes any song work so well.

And if you want to just talk about audio production or even how music fits into the grand scheme of life, that's cool too!

Background

I graduated from Oregon State University's Music program with a BA in audio production in 2017. During my time in school, I played trumpet in nearly every band program available to me, and eventually branched off into producing electronic music and composing for multimedia. I've played in a variety of bands outside of school ranging from rock to EDM to big band swing, and I actively work as a producer and composer.

Music theory was the most important (and most enjoyable) part of my music education. Because of that, I am proudly a huge theory nerd, and I look forward to sharing the importance of its study with the world. As musicians and as people in general, we all benefit from a knowledge of music theory. It is the magic formula behind all the greatest songs ever written, and is the source the strongest emotional reactions to music. It is what takes us beyond the mundane nature of regular life and gives significant meaning to the things we think, see, and do.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $35/h
Lessons offered by Christopher
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Music Theory
Levels
  • All Levels

Christopher's resume

Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Music Production from Oregon State University 2017
Associate of Arts degree in Music from Southwestern Oregon Community College 2015
Producer/co-writer for KATHANA
Solo electronic music as Therlo
Trumpet player in Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, jazz band, and marching band 2015 - 2017
Guitar player and producer in Oregon State Electronic Music Ensemble
Bass, guitar, and trumpet player for Funaddicts variety band 2017 - current
Guitar player in Stepping on Embers rock cover band 2009 - 2013
Guitar and keyboard player in IMPACT rock/pop cover band 2013 - 2016
Trumpet player in Soul Pie blues/soul/funk band 2013 - 2015
Trumpet player in Evolution big band 2013 - 2015
Trumpet player in Southwestern Oregon Community College orchestra, pep band and jazz band
Trumpet player in North Bend High School jazz, pep, marching, and symphonic bands 2009 - 2013

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