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Composition for Beginners & More Experienced Composers, Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration

Barney's Teaching Manifesto:

Dear Composer,

The only true teacher is hearing your works rehearsed and performed. This is the most important element to realizing your destiny, but if you have come here, you probably do not yet believe it. Teachers will keep you trapped in the belief that you do not have what you already need. But everything you need you can get on your own.

I cannot teach you anything, or rather, I can teach you everything but composition itself: You are the final expert on your own works. A teacher is a shortcut. And when we take shortcuts, we must always go back. But this is not a bad thing. Going back is a way to go forwards. If you have tried to advance through the no-teacher method and you feel that you cannot wait any longer, then perhaps it is time to try the teacher method.

You are the king, queen, or ruler, shall we say. I am just your advisor, should you so choose. I can tell you what I think, I can warn you of pitfalls, and I can even stop you for a moment in time. But it is you, dear composer, that must choose. I cannot teach you to be what you already are: The Composer. Sometimes my advice may be of help. And other times it won’t be. And then one day you must rule your kingdom on your own. Let’s hope that that day arrives very soon.

I seek students who are hardworkers, strong-willed, or a combination of the both. Composition requires an obscene amount of work and determination. We live in a world that seeks our silence and complaisance. The act of completing a piece is itself a declaration of war, because the amount of effort and energy required to bring this child into existence is unfathomable to the general public.

With Eternal Love from my Compositional Pen,

Classes for Beginners
1)Composition (60 mins)
2)Introduction to Composition (60 mins)
3) Introduction to Composition & Harmony (90 mins)
Prerequisites:
0-3 years of composition experince
3 years of instrumental study

Classes for Composers with Experience
1) Composition (60 mins)
2) Composition & Harmony (90 mins)
3) Composition & Counterpoint (90 mins)
4) Composition & Orhcestration (90 mins)
Prerequisites:
3+ years of composition study with a teacher
OR
5+ years of self study in composition

If you feel that I can be of assistance for a short time on your compositional journey, then you may contact me to arrange a trial lesson. If we deem that it is a mutual fit, then we can work together for a period of time.

Have a great day,

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Location

At student's location: Around Amsterdam, Netherlands

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General info

Skills:
Age:
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English

About Me

My strategy is as follows: the first lesson you tell me what your goals are, and then I will craft our lessons arond your goals. Once your goals are met you are free to leave. If your goals change over time, make sure to communicate them to me, so that I can do my job well. Very important: your music scores must be handwritten. You can type them up as well for legibilty, but they still must be handwritten. Copies of your handwritten score are acceptible. We will look at your music either at the piano or discussing between us.

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara: Masters in Music Composition (2014)
State University of New York, Purchase College: Bachelors in Music Composition (2011)

Experience / Qualifications

teaching positions at SUNY New Paltz, Union County College, Chamber Music Center of New york, JCC Thurnauer School of Music

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