I offer private music composition lessons through Zoom. Most of my students are high schoolers interested in developing a composition portfolio for conservatory and music school applications. Many of my students found me through my YouTube channel, where I have posted videos about music school applications. My former students have been accepted to:
Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California
New England Conservatory of Music
Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University
Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington
Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
Belmont University School of Music
While the quality of a piece of music is often considered subjective, there are many techniques that can be used to objectively improve a composition. In lessons, I focus primarily on these objective techniques, which include:
employing notational accuracy, specificity and clarity
considering physical limitations and instrumental idioms
understanding counterpoint and orchestration principles
utilizing proper harmonic spellings
demonstrating structural foresight
I began formal musical training at age six, when I had my first piano lesson. I continued taking weekly lessons for 12 years. I began playing flute at age nine, and started weekly flute lessons a few years later. In high school, I started practicing flute and piano more seriously and developed chronic back pain from overuse. In order to cope with the pain and resulting frustration, I began composing. I fell in love with the creative process and decided to apply to music schools for composition during my senior year of high school. I had also always enjoyed math and planned to pursue academics in some capacity at college.
I was accepted to Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, where I took a variety of music and STEM classes. I also studied composition privately with Hans Thomalla, Jay Yim, Alex Mincek and Chris Mercer. During college, I scored over 10 films, composed chamber and solo concert music and produced several original EDM and pop songs.
In June 2020, I graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Music Composition and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS), and a certificate in Financial Economics from the Kellogg School of Management. I received Program Honors in Composition and completed an MMSS thesis titled A Geospatial Analysis of the Form and Migration of Crime: Hotspots in Los Angeles.
In 2019, I started uploading videos to my YouTube channel which has since generated over 100,000 views. My most popular videos are related to the college application process and life as a music student.
I offer hour-long music composition lessons through Zoom for $60 per hour. Payments are due at least 48 hours before each lesson. Students are encouraged to email their scores to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before each lesson.
There will be no refunds if a student misses a lesson. If a lesson is cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled time, the full price is still due.