Take lessons with me!

Looking for music lessons in Portland, OR (or perhaps over the internet)? I teach all ages and levels and all sorts of musical styles. Along with traditional approaches, I offer a unique emphasis on the science and psychology of music and on creative exploration. Visit the lessons page to learn more.

Bio, Music, Resumé

Only a small portion of my music output over the last several years has been recorded, but check it out by seeing the "original music" tag on this blog.  I've also started posting a few brief newer recordings at Soundcloud and hope to find time to share more soon.

check out many samples of much older music at my old site


Below is a brief resumé. A more thorough Curriculum Vitae is also available for download.


WORK EXPERIENCE

 • Co-founder of Snowdrift.coop (2012 - present), a non-profit community engagement and fundraising platform for creative works

• Private music instruction (1998 - present)
individual and small group lessons on guitar, voice, Chapman Stick, composition, songwriting, music theory, and other music topics

• Contract teaching at community institutions (2005 - 2013)
individual lessons and group classes in guitar, voice, songwriting, theory, composition, music perception, music technology

• Oz’s Music (1998 - 2006), Ann Arbor, MI: Assistant Manager, Sales Associate

• The Closers (later the "Darktown Saints") (2003-2005)
member of independent four-piece pop/rock band


EDUCATION

• Bachelors of Music Performance, Magna Cum Laude, Eastern Michigan University (2004)
concentrations in classical guitar performance, music theory, music composition

• Harmony University summer workshop of the Barbershop Harmony Society (2003-2006)
coursework in vocal pedagogy, performance, interpretation, leadership, directing


PUBLISHED RECORDINGS

This (2004), CD released as member of rock band “Darktown Saints”
produced and recorded by Mansion Audio, Binghamton, NY
Chapman Stick, songwriting, backup vocals

Conspiracies & Racketeering (2000), self-produced original CD
recording, editing, mixing, mastering, guitar, Chapman Stick, vocals, keyboards, composition/songwriting, electronics, graphic design

False Ground (1998), self-produced original CD
composition, programming, keyboards, graphic design

Musical Shoelaces (1997), self-produced original CD
composition, programming, keyboards, graphic design


OTHER

• Member of development team for Task Coach, a cross-platform free/libre/open organizing program

• Barbershop Harmony Society
member (2003-current), Pioneer district collegiate quartet contest winner (2004), chapter music director (2005-2010), district educator for "woodshedding" (harmonizing by ear) (2010-present)

• Authored 90-page treatise on pitch theory in barbershop harmony

• Reviewed over 800 guitar methods, repertoire, pedagogy, theory, and other music publications