I have taught music throughout my life, in a variety of settings and at all levels from elementary school through advanced undergraduate. My experience includes youth programs, after-school private instruction, college teaching, and lectures for graduate composition studios in four countries to date.

+ Composer talks

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City. April 15, 2016. Presentation on my own music at the graduate composition studio.

  • Schwob School of Music, Columbus, Georgia. February 19, 2016. Presentation on my own music as Composer in Residence.

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Clombia, June 11, 2015.
    On being a professional composer and Artistic Director in the United States.

  • Universitá Politécnica de Valéncia. Valencia, Spain, March 25, 2015. Aesthetic trends in the United States and their relationship with Europe.

  • Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, September 20, 2014. Presentation on my own music at the Composers Forum.

  • Mahidol University. Bangkok, Thailand, June 19, 2014. Presentation on my own music as Featured Composer at the 10th Thailand International Composition Festival.

  • Eastman School of Music. Rochester, January 23, 2014. Presentation of my own music to graduate students in composition.

  • Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Cincinnati, January 19, 2014. Presentation of my own music to graduate students in composition.

  • Duquesne University. Pittsburgh, October 10, 2013. Music notation for composers (spelling, time signatures, part preparation, the pitfalls of using computer editing software).

  • University of North Texas. Denton, October 11, 2010. Music notation for composers (spelling, time signatures, part preparation, the pitfalls of using computer editing software).

  • Houston Baptist University. Houston, October 6, 2010. Music notation for composers (spelling, time signatures, part preparation, the pitfalls of using computer editing software).

+ Music Theory

  • Chatham University (Pittsburgh)
    Music Theory II, III: Adjunct facutly. 2007-9.

  • University of Pittsburgh.
    Music Theory IV: Advanced tonal harmony. Teaching fellow. 2004.
    Music Theory I, II: First year tonal harmony. Teaching assistant. 2002-3.

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia).
    Fundamentos de armonía: Introductions to the fundamentals of music theory. Lecturer at Programa Infantil y Juvenil (conservatory preparation for high school students). 2000-1.
    Literatura y Materiales de la Música I: Harmony and counterpoint in Bach chorales. Lecturer at the undergraduate level and at Programa Infantil y Juvenil (conservatory preparation for high school students). 2000-1.
    Literatura y Materiales de la Música II: 18th-century harmony. Teaching assistant at undergraduate level. 2001.

+ Musicianship courses

  • University of Pittsburgh.
    Musicianship I, II: First year undergraduate sight-singing and ear training. Teaching assistant. 2002-3.

  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia).
    Ear training: Lecturer at Programa Infantil y Juvenil (conservatory preparation for high school students). 2000-1.
    Sight singing: Lecturer at the undergraduate level and at Programa Infantil y Juvenil (conservatory preparation for high school students). 2000-1.

+ Music history, appreciation, and non-major courses

  • Chatham University (Pittsburgh)
    Music History I, II: First year music history, required for music students and open to non-majors. Adjunct Faculty. 2007-9.
    The Art of Music: One of three modules of a general arts class, required for freshment of all majors. As part of the course, students were led in composing a piece in the computer, based on everyday-life sounds and basic sound editing software. Adjunct Faculty. 2007-9.

  • University of Pittsburgh.
    Music since 1945: History and theory in modern music, required for 3rd-year music students and open to non-majors. The course included a group composition and performance, inspired by the repertory studied throughout the course. Lecturer. 2006.

  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh)
    The Musical experience: Music appreciation. Lecturer. 2006

+ Student ensembles

  • East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra. Music Director. Created youth orchestra at the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts in 2009, and developed it until 2014. Members were students ages 7 to 17, as well as parents and musically-inclined friends. The orchestra grew to 45 members by 2013.
    Coordinated a team of 5 section coaches (instrument teaching artists at Hope Academy), selected and arranged all repertory, and conducted rehearsals and performers.
    Repertory included popular (Henry Mancini's The Pink Panther, The Beatles' All You Need is Love, etc.), classics of movie music (Indiana Jones, Starwars, Harry Potter, etc.), Classical music from Vivaldi to Tchaikovsky, and 20th-century music including selections from The Rite of Spring, Turangalîla Symphony, and Khatchaturian's Sabre Dance.

  • Chatham University Instrumental Ensemble. Music Director. Re-founded the ensemble, recruited members from the Chatham community, selected and arranged the music to each member's instrumental ability, and conducted rehearsals and performers. Adjunct Faculty. 2008-9.

  • University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. All-university orchdestra. Assistant conductor. 2002.

+ Private lessons

I have taught private piano lessons since 1998, to students 6-45 years of age. Between 2009 and 2014, individual piano instruction was an important part of my income, supplementing my income as composer and Artistic Director at Alia Musica. In addition to a private studio, I was Teaching Artist at the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, and at the Winchester Thurston School, both in Pittsburgh.
At Hope Academy I also taught beginning French Horn, and fundamentals of composition to three students from Pittsburgh's Creative and Performance Arts high school.
In 2013-14 I coached young conductor Patrick Joyal, who was also my Assistant Conductor at the East Liberty Community Engagement Orchestra.