Music as an Artistic Practice
Custom Sessions to Fit Your Goals
All Levels Welcome!
Music Technology (Pro Tools / Ableton / Logic / Finale / Sibelius)
Songwriting / Composition
Musical Theater Writing
Music Theory / Counterpoint
Work Feedback - Music / Musical Theatre / Drama
Creative Process Exploration / Help with Writers’ Block
Fine Tuning Your Style’s Authenticity and Attunement to Your Goals
Exploring Work from a Philosophical or Metaphysical Angle
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Location: NYC Coffee shops, Brooklyn home studio, Skype, or your home
all ages and experience levels / beginners welcome!
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I am very excited to introduce a new teaching service - a holistic musical training that reorients learning so that it begins with music’s artistic and creative aspects - the energy that makes us want to learn music in the first place. It is totally driven by the specific needs and goals of the client. It could take the form of technical piano study, learning songwriting, Ableton/Logic, or it could be getting out of writers’ block, receiving feedback about a work, or support to manage the creative process.
But whatever the medium, the end goal is artistry, creative power, personal authenticity, and a self reliant artistic practice. I believe that if we reorient disciplined music instruction around this axis, it will truly ignite something special in the world. This is the process that I have used to write and perform my whole career, and I’m very excited to help practitioners unlock something new in themselves and build, sustain, or tweak their creative practice.
Q. What exactly is this?
These are music lessons and consultations focused on you and your goals. You may want to look at songwriting, making beats and producing, piano lessons, music theory and musical theater writing, or you may want to do a combination of several of these things.
What makes this different from other approaches is that it is meant to help you build your own self sustaining practice by coupling technical study with personal creative unfolding.
The visceral power of music and drama that makes you want to learn in the first place will guide what we do in the sessions. Yes, especially at the beginning there is repetition required that is much like strength training or yoga, but my view is that if you know why you are doing it, if you are working to unlock something powerful or spiritual or creative within yourself, it is going to give you the engine you need to really succeed in your work and reach your goals.
Everyone is different. You may only want to learn about music technology, or how to play piano. You may only want to work on songwriting. Or you may have different interests and you want to figure out how they feed into each other. The goal of this training is to develop you on several different axes, so that you build up different techniques to flow with your practice rhythms, daily life, and creative evolution, to help you build up a self sustaining creative practice.
Q. Who’s it for?
Artistic practitioners of all levels who want their love of music and creative self discovery to guide the way they grow in their technique. You could be someone who has never played an instrument but wants to write songs. You could be a professional who needs a feedback session on your work. You could be someone who is working to break out of writers’ block, or a songwriter looking for new techniques to tap into your creative imagination.
It’s my goal to let your unique talents and interests guide the way your sessions unfold. This isn’t for people who want to be spoon fed (although everyone needs that once in a while), but for self starters who need someone to hold the space and advise them as they work to reach their goals.
Q. I’m already a musician / writer / professional - what services do you offer?
There are several types of creative consulting that we can explore:
evaluating your work at a deep level to make sure it is lining up with your specific artistic and career goals
zooming in on your style and developing it to be more authentic or attuned to what you want to express
helping with creative trouble spots and offering support for your process
navigating out of writers’ block
looking at your work from a spiritual or metaphysical perspective
investigating new practices to expand the use of your creative imagination
giving critical feedback on specific work
This is for writers, composers, playwrights, songwriters, and performers who are looking for something new. Together we can aspire to align your work with your career goals and personal vision.
Q. This is sounding kind of fluffy what with all the talk of inspiration and creative unfolding. Just teach me some solid technique.
Of course creativity is nothing but talk without the technical tools to make and execute work. But I deeply believe that the way each person develops those technical tools is highly individual and sustainably driven by the process of you getting in touch with your own engine. I can give guidance and feedback to help you cultivate and train your abilities and desires.
Your lesson style will be based on what gets results for you. Once we have talked over your goals, we can together determine concrete practices and timelines.
You also have a chance to work with your ‘right brain’ creativity and inspiration in a deep, technical way. Even if you feel uncreative (as I did my whole life until my early twenties), I am convinced there is a way to break through.
I’ve found that every creative work tends to follow a similar pattern, and my goal is to help you identify and build your workflow and rhythms around how that pattern unfolds within you.
Q. Tell me more.
The guiding principle for this studio is inspired by the Welsh term Awen, which means ‘creative inspiration.’ To me it describes that moment when an artistic experience changes the temperature of the room, no matter the medium. I believe there is a way to engage with the creative arts that begins with a reverence for this explicitly spiritual dynamic - however you prefer to identify the term ‘spiritual’. Those moments of joy, emotion, and absorption are when authenticity is happening. It may wax and wane as you progress on your journey, but you can train yourself to know when it is happening, and build up a technique to cultivate it in your performance or writing.
I think there’s a way to unlock and foster an exciting, authentic experience of music that every person can uncover in their own way, something that I believe is universally accessible. At the core, that is what the training is about.
My goal is for you to build something that is technically deep, creatively powered, and holistic, integrating everything you love about music into a unified practice that is self sustaining and driven by you and your goals.
Pricing: $75/session (60-90 minutes)
This is intended to be a service-based practice, and it’s a delicate task to balance that with the need to earn a living wage. The solution I’ve embraced is linked to the Buddhist concept of dana - financial compensation as a focused act of giving. I do believe strongly in the concept of a living wage, especially in the performing arts, with its current structures of survival and funding so imbalanced. The price given is based on careful consideration of what will supply an equitable living wage and allow for having longer, more in depth sessions.
However, if you are someone who has a deep drive to learn - and to work - and want a session or training, but have financial needs that preclude this price, please still get in touch. You’ll be asked to submit a small portfolio and brief statement of why this training is important to you. We will make it work at a price that is right for you.
This is not a counseling service nor a mental health practice.
Andrew has taught music technology, composition, songwriting, and theory at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. He has toured nationally and internationally for composition and performance. His accompanying skills are old enough to vote, his organ skills old enough to drink, and his piano skills have successfully navigated through their quarter life crisis, and they came out pretty well. He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU, an MM in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Memphis, and a BA in music from Rhodes College.