Lesson Feesfrom $30.00 / 30 Minutes
I am an award winning composer and sound designer from Milwaukee, WI. My work includes composing original music and sound design for film, TV, video games, dance, and contemporary classical music. In January of 2022 I was awarded the MLC Festival's award for Best Original Production Score for my work on the film Lonesome.
I offer lessons in Orchestral Mockups and Music Technology. Most of the pieces I create (with the exception of commissions from musicians) are produced as orchestral mockups that blend orchestral and electronic sound libraries. I work primarily with Logic Pro X and have a selection of sound libraries and plugins from from Native Instruments, Spitfire Audio, Best Service, 8dio, Sound Paint, and iZotope. Because music technology is an ever evolving field I prioritize continuing to expand my knowledge and experience to pass on to my students. Currently I am working to expand my services to Cubase and live recording.
Students will find lessons to be very organic. Every student comes with a different set of experiences and tools and I believe that lessons need to reflect that. When a student takes their first lesson with me we discuss what they already know as well as what they are struggling with. We set short term and long term learning goals which are reassessed over time as the student grows. Lessons will include working with the student to create music while they learn because I believe in a strong hands on approach to teaching music technology.
My music education is very eclectic. I have a combination of private lessons, self-directed study, and University experience. I have studied piano for 23 years with various teachers including Professor Molly Roseman and Professor Peggy Otwell and have studied music theory and composition privately with Amanda Schoofs, Dr. Garrett Hope, and through self-directed study for 11 years. I have a minor in music (focusing in piano and music composition) from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and was fortunate enough to be able to spend one year studying in the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's Music Theory and Composition program. My education is so eclectic because formal music education (especially at the University level) is financially out of reach for many people, including myself, but my skill as a musician and the teachers I have been fortunate enough to work with gave me the foundation and resources I needed to become a professional composer and pianist without a degree.
Now I am an award winning composer and music teacher and strive to make music education accessible to as many people as possible. I have been teaching independently through my private studio for 5 years.
There are no recommended texts and I will provide resources such as articles, videos, worksheets, infographics, and more.
Tech requirements include:
A computer with Logic Pro X installed (Garage band can work in very early lessons, but you will outgrow it quickly)
For Orchestral Mockups I recommend the following software companies:
Spitfire Audio - orchestra, solo instruments, ambient sounds, film scoring tools (their LABS program is a great place to get tons of fun FREE libraries)
Native Instruments - electronic music
8dio - broad range (Also has a few FREE libraries that are fun to work with)
Soundpaint - broad range
East West (not my favorite, but their Composer Cloud deal is good for those with a tight budget.)
I also recommend eventually purchasing mixing and mastering software from iZotope, but that can be something we discuss later.
For additional or more specific recommendations including software and recommended computer specs send me a message.