I am an experienced teacher with a flexible and innovative 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
-How to produce music and make beats
-Fundamentals of music (scales, chords, keys, intervals)
-Songwriting and composition
-Jazz theory and improvisation
-Audio engineering (mixing and mastering)
-Ear training/aural skills (sight-singing and dictation)
-Classical music theory and analysis, including the advanced college level (undergraduate, master's, and DMA)
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 audio engineering (mix+master), jazz piano, pop production and songwriting, and DJing. 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 doing your undergrad or DMA, I can help you.
$50 USD per hour
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.
2014-2019: Recipient of the Sproull Fellowship from the Eastman School of Music.
2015-2019: Recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship from the government of Canada for my research.
Years of experience as an audio engineer, producer, songwriter, and DJ.
2020 - “All about that bass: Audio filters on basslines determine groove and liking in electronic dance music” (Published in the journal, Psychology of Music)
2019 - “Anticipatory syncopation in rock: A corpus study” (Published in the journal, Music Perception)
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!
I have been learning from and working with Ethan for the past year. I am a Berkeley graduate, and I originally chose to work with Ethan because of his extensive education in music and music theory. His depth of knowledge has proven to be just as insightful as I anticipated. He has all of the expertise you’d expect to find in a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, and thus has a lot to share/teach when it comes to making beats, producing, and mixing genres like pop and hip hop. He is also very knowledgeable when it comes to overall music theory and ear training. I have learned a lot, and I am very happy that I decided to work with him. I can honestly say that learning from Ethan has helped me, and will continue helping me, move forward in my career.
Therefore, I fully recommend Ethan to anyone interested in learning about making beats, producing/mixing, music theory, and ear training.
Ethan is a true expert. Lessons with him were so fun and easy. I learned a ton about EDM production and mixing. I don't know what I would do without him. He has so much cool knowledge about music theory and music production. On top of that, he is a profound thinker, positive spirit, and great person to talk to.
It has been an absolute pleasure to know and work with Ethan, this guy here is truly a wealth of knowledge. I can confidently say I owe a great deal of my initial success as an engineer and composer to his guidance and instruction.
Having a resource like Ethan, who can provide expert level council on matters of theory and production equally has surely become an "ace in the hole" for me. Ethan has played an integral role in my developing confidence and competence as an artist/producer, wouldn't be the same without him!
Ethan is such a great teacher! I've been preparing my DMA entrance exam over 6 months. We've been going through advanced analysis, worked on writing, and with English as my second language, he's been extremely patient and helpful. Whenever I am not understanding something and need to go to the foundations, he is on top of it. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
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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