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Chris K.
Los Angeles, California
Build strong technique and great auditory skills with a Julliard-trained composer/multi instrumentalist.
Aural skills have many applications: playing your favorite songs by ear, transcribing melodies and chord progressions to learn conventions of a specific musical style, even singing more in tune, to name a few. Through a combination of incremental exercises tailored to your specific weaknesses AND transcribing your favorite songs, you'll improve your ear and gain a newfound understanding of how the music you love works.
About Chris K.

Hi there! I'm a Juilliard-trained composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer currently serving as the Dean of California College of Music in Pasadena. I've worked in both modern classical and popular music styles, and my music has appeared in many places: - Cirque du Soleil - Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series - New York Philharmonic's Biennial Festival - tons of TV and advertising spots I've played with artists like Jonathan Batiste and have toured the country as a bassist and keyboardist, gracing stages ranging from Alice Tully Hall and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to the Roxy and DTE Energy Music Theatre. I've taught collegiately for seven years (and counting) and have taught private lessons for over 15 years. Whatever kind of music you make, I'd love to help you realize your full artistic potential. While we will certainly focus on the nuts and bolts of music and honing all the requisite techniques to execute it, we'll spend significant time on discovering and refining your artistic voice. None of the tools matter if you don't know what you're building. And drafting the blueprint is hard. Rabbit holes are explored, mistakes are made -- and that's ok! As an instructor, I try to encourage musical experimentation as a means of self-discovery. If you come fully prepared to apply yourself and keep an open mind, I will help you on that musical journey. Currently accepting beginner to advanced students in the following areas: - Songwriting and production - Composition and arrangement - Musicianship (theory, ear training, rhythm studies, improvisation) - Electric Bass

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2004

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Master of Music in Composition

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Teaches ages 14+

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Chris K.
Los Angeles, California
Build strong technique and great auditory skills with a Julliard-trained composer/multi instrumentalist.
Aural skills have many applications: playing your favorite songs by ear, transcribing melodies and chord progressions to learn conventions of a specific musical style, even singing more in tune, to name a few. Through a combination of incremental exercises tailored to your specific weaknesses AND transcribing your favorite songs, you'll improve your ear and gain a newfound understanding of how the music you love works.
About Chris K.

Hi there! I'm a Juilliard-trained composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer currently serving as the Dean of California College of Music in Pasadena. I've worked in both modern classical and popular music styles, and my music has appeared in many places: - Cirque du Soleil - Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series - New York Philharmonic's Biennial Festival - tons of TV and advertising spots I've played with artists like Jonathan Batiste and have toured the country as a bassist and keyboardist, gracing stages ranging from Alice Tully Hall and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to the Roxy and DTE Energy Music Theatre. I've taught collegiately for seven years (and counting) and have taught private lessons for over 15 years. Whatever kind of music you make, I'd love to help you realize your full artistic potential. While we will certainly focus on the nuts and bolts of music and honing all the requisite techniques to execute it, we'll spend significant time on discovering and refining your artistic voice. None of the tools matter if you don't know what you're building. And drafting the blueprint is hard. Rabbit holes are explored, mistakes are made -- and that's ok! As an instructor, I try to encourage musical experimentation as a means of self-discovery. If you come fully prepared to apply yourself and keep an open mind, I will help you on that musical journey. Currently accepting beginner to advanced students in the following areas: - Songwriting and production - Composition and arrangement - Musicianship (theory, ear training, rhythm studies, improvisation) - Electric Bass

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2004

Education

Master of Music in Composition

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 14+

Speaks

Has background check

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Studying with Chris has been awesome. We started working together on music theory and since then he has helped me to better understand songwriting, live performance and sound production. I feel so much more confident in my abilities as a musician with the skills I’ve leaned from him. Chris is patient and very thorough. There were several moments when learning music theory that I felt I wasn’t picking it up fast enough and he continued to review the material with me until I understood it. Chris is very fluid in his teaching approach. He is able to shift from one topic to another based on what I am wanting to focus on in each lesson. My favorite part of working with his has been diving deep into my original songs and brainstorming ways to improve them. Chris always has tons of ideas to offer that are rooted in theory which makes them both practical and effective.

Posted Aug 22, 2021
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Chris is a magnificent teacher. I had an elementary level of music theory when we started last year. Now I am able to hear music in ways that I simply could not before. As a teacher, he is patient and has a great sense of humor. I recommend studying with him if you are attempting to level up your musicianship skills.

Posted Aug 20, 2021
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Jun 2019 - Present
California College of Music
Director of Education
Sep 2017 - Present
California College of Music
Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2016 - Present
California College of Music
Composer
Mar 2014 - Oct 2015
FAMILY ADG
Composed music for TV, advertising, and other artists as part of an artist development group/record label in Los Angeles
Ear Training Teaching Fellow
Aug 2007 - May 2010
The Juilliard School
Master of Music in Composition
Aug 2007 - May 2009
The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Aug 2004 - May 2008
The Juilliard School
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Morton Gould Young Composer Award
Jun 2009
ASCAP
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2008
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Instructor details
Ear Training
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
S St Andrews Pl
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$48
45 minutes
$60
60 minutes
$70
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30