Classes are great, I love teaching them and think they’re a really effective way to learn (see the COURSES page for more details). Private lessons offer some benefits that a class just can’t however, mostly having to do with the one-on-one environment and the ability to focus the lessons on the specific needs of the student. I live in Santa Fe, NM, USA and offer virtual lessons to students anywhere in the world using Zoom and some plugins to create an environment where we can both see, hear, and work on your computer at the same time.
I am an Ableton Certified Trainer and can offer lessons at all levels for Ableton Live and Push 2.
Some topics we could cover in lessons:
• How the software works from the ground up – starting at the beginning
• Performance techniques and setup
• Composition and arrangement
• Mixing and mastering
• Instrument and device design
• Intro to Max for Live
• MIDI Control
• Hardware controllers, including Ableton Push 2.
Other software I offer lessons in:
• Protools (all levels – I am an Avid Certified Instructor for Protools)
• Reason (intro to advanced)
• Logic (intro)
Ask me if there’s something else you need help with!
Contemporary Composition: Form and Process
I’ve always hesitated to offer composition lessons because while rules and theory are essential, I don’t like the idea of getting bogged down by rules and theory while attempting to explore the creative process. Other people teach rigid composition lessons and they can be a very valuable experience. It’s just not my thing. These lessons are more about why than how. Understanding the process and intent (or lack thereof) behind your work, why you make the choices you do, what the work is, and what it may become. It involves a lot of talking and listening. The student is expected to be open to criticism, willing to experiment, and should be producing new work regularly.