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Harmony / theory / songwriting / piano lesson (one hour)

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hi! I'm selling lesson reservations to support my group Fievel Is Glauque's tour with Stereolab.

I'll be back from tour and ready to teach by Mon, Oct 24; these reservations are to be redeemed between Oct 24 and Dec 31 2022, either remotely or at my studio in Brooklyn.

-- lessons are one hour but tend to run a little long. I never conclude a lesson without feeling a student has concrete understanding of specific procedures that should help them gain new ground
-- lessons can take place at my studio in Brooklyn, NY or remotely via Google Meet, Zoom etc
-- my rate is $75-125 sliding scale per lesson. please pay what is appropriate to your means

-- I have over ten years of experience working with students of all ages and experience levels. is keyboard not your primary instrument? that's not a problem, just please have access to one for lesson purposes. whatever the complexity of the material we're tackling and whatever your background, my emphasis is on building goal-oriented syncretic exercises that meld harmonic theory, technique, improvisation, writing and analysis

-- I've been teaching myself theory through songwriting for my entire adult life. eventually, I came to realize that some dimensions of my approach to songwriting can be systematized into a pedagogical tool that provides a nice counterpoint to the way theory is traditionally taught and which has proven accessible and useful to musicians more athletically experienced than myself and to relative beginners alike. after years of teaching, my lessons have started to become streamlined into a generalized trajectory that I adapt to each student's musical situation and needs.

-- some interests include: octatonic & augmented harmony; writing with arbitrary limitations; secondariness & relational thinking; polytonality; pedal-point & common-tone progressions; unforced novelty; modular/associative concept-building; fruitful wrongness & productive error; learning to better enjoy & use ambivalence & ambiguity; the psychodynamics of writing under depressurized constraint; and so on. contact me! why not?

Thank You : - )

Includes unlimited streaming of Feed a Pigeon, Breed a Rat via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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