I am an experienced teacher with a flexible style that adapts lessons to YOUR needs, YOUR music, YOUR goals. Previous formal music training NOT required. Any age is welcome.
Anyone from a hip hop producer looking to inject melody into your beats, to a classical conservatory student taking advanced music theory classes, I can help you.
I am qualified to teach you:
-How to read music notation or play the piano
-Fundamentals of music (scales, chords, keys, intervals)
-Songwriting and composition
-Jazz theory and improvisation
-Ear training/aural skills (sight-singing and dictation)
-Classical music theory and analysis, including the advanced college level
Music theory PhD student at the Eastman School of Music with hundreds of hours of music theory teaching experience (150+ students taught).
I also have many years of experience composing, playing, improvising, and analyzing music, including jazz piano, DJing and EDM/hip hop production and beat-making. I have studied music history, orchestration, film scoring, and acoustics.
As a PhD student in the best music theory program in the world (the Eastman School of Music), I am highly qualified to teach you anything related to music theory, ear training/sight singing, composition/songwriting, and beginner piano.
Through high quality lessons, you will easily understand everything from chords and scales to advanced harmony.
Whether you are a total beginner who doesn't read music, or a university music major, I can help you.
2010: Bachelor's in Music Theory (Honors), University of British Columbia.
2014-present: PhD student in Music Theory, Eastman School of Music. Fully funded tuition scholarship, and research and teaching stipend.
2015-2019: Recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship from the government of Canada for my research.
As a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, I taught:
2017-18 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis III/IV
• Sophomore written theory. Taught two classes, twice a week. Chromatic harmony;
composition of fugue, sonata expositions, art song; popular music harmony and form.
2016-17 Aural Musicianship III/IV
• Sophomore aural skills. Taught two classes, twice a week. Chromatic dictation and
singing; sight-singing; keyboard skills; tenor and soprano clef; performing complex rhythms; hearing sonata form.
2015-16 Model Composition & Tonal Analysis I/II
• Freshman written theory. Taught two classes, once a week. Harmonic counterpoint;
keyboard skills; diatonic harmony; sequences; binary and ternary form; composition of minuets.
2014-15 Aural Musicianship I/II
• Freshman aural skills. Taught two classes, thrice a week. Dictation of diatonic melody
and harmony; scale-degree skills; sight-singing; alto clef.
Perfect! Ethan is a terrific music teacher. I've studied with him for close to a year and have transformed my understanding of classical music. He's well versed and is brilliant at breaking down complex theories and making them understandable. He's also very good with homework and emails me detailed assignments after the lessons. If you have a chance to study with him, go for it.
Wendy is awesome, she is passionate and curious about music and ready to learn!
Ethan has an excellent track record teaching music to undergraduate students at an elite music conservatory. I have known Ethan for 5 years, and witnessed first-hand his impressive ability to connect with, challenge, and inspire his students. Ethan is my first recommendation to anyone interested in taking their music ability to new heights.
Ethan did a great job teaching me about music theory as well as DJ'ing. He's patient and met me where I was at in terms of my knowledge and skill. He has a good way with explaining and giving the student enough space to learn. I would recommend him for music teaching jobs of all kinds.
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