I have been a professional musician for 51-years, and a bandleader for 31-years. I have taught 34,000 at-risk youth in Music History since 1986. I am the Executive Director of Saturday Night Bath Concert Fund. I graduated Queens College of the City University of New York in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Performing since the age of 13, during college he continued to study the bass viol, electric bass guitar, voice, and trumpet. His lifetime love of music spurred me to Los A... [more]
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a minor in Psychology. I have been a mobile English tutor for "No Child Left Behind" youth in Los Angeles for seven years. I have been an Executive Director for a Non-profit organization for nineteen years. I have been writing successful grants for twenty five years, including The CA Arts Council, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as numerous private Foundations. I have an extensive vocabulary and a good command of English grammar. I am also a beginner in Spanish and French.
Singing and matching a note that is played begins the program and begins each session. Then we will break down the intervals ans sing solfegg scales, major. minor, and diminished chords. The intervals between notes of these chords and repeated each session. Skeletal harmony - the patterns of the song's chords and the eventual arrival at the sub-dominant and dominant chord - is taught with references to Mozart and his work; we then analyze the basics of contrapuntal melodies. Pitch is critical when matching a note vocally as well as on instruments. The use of tuning forks and more sophisticated items are approached depending on the desire of the student. Recognizing the root, sub-dominant, and dominant of all music is critical (skeletal harmony) as the base of Western, 12-tone music. Eastern music with over 52 semi-tunes is explored.
I am highly proficient in music history from Pythagoras, to European classical and modern instruments and modern styles. I can describe instruments from the voice to strings in Asia, percussion in Africa, and modern incarnations. Emphasis can be on early man playing string instruments in China and drums on the African continent, their movement to Latin continents, and eventually to America. The history of early inventors and performers from Benjamin Franklin inventing the Glass Armonica to Hohner changing the instrument to a reed instrument around 1850 a.d. Music theory from simple melodies and chords to complex symphonies are broken down.