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Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
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  • Intermediate
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Composition, Music Theory, Sound Recording, Musicology lessons in Belfast from a composer

Methodology

Hello. I am 32 year old Irish composer and academic living in Belfast. I froth the cleft between electroacoustic music, field recording, post-disco beat making, and found sound, creating music that fuses together the concrète and the kinetic.

The facets of music I teach include aural skills, music theory, composition, and music technology. I am able to teach up to university level in these areas.

I prefer to teach at home in Belfast in a comfortable, light room. This is because I have a good set of practical resources at home (instruments, books, stationary etc) that are impractical to cart about. However I am prepared able to travel within a reasonable distance to students' homes. This should be considered to be within Belfast and its surrounding suburbs.

Experience

I hold a PhD in music: 'Between The Concrète and The Kinetic: A Portfolio Of Compositions' (2014)
I also hold an Masters in music (Distinction), and a BMus(hons) (First) in music.
These qualifications are all from Newcastle University.

Over the last eight years I have taught as a music lecturer in Higher Education (teaching undergraduates and masters level postgraduates at Newcastle University), and as a music tutor in a specialist Further Education music technology college in Bristol (dBs Music) teaching BTec courses. Both positions prioritised practice-led teaching.

I have taught modules such as Studio Recording, Composition, Music Production, Sequencing, Sound Synthesis, Sound For Film, Sound For Games, Aural Skills, Score Writing, Music Theory, and Cultural Theory/History of music.

I am comfortable working with large groups small groups, as well individuals on a one to one basis.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h
Lessons offered by James
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th year
  • Graduate

James's CV

PROFILE

I am an experienced musician and academic with research interests in experimental composition, modernist literature, and in particular the development of music that situates itself in the sonic intersection of the concrète and the kinetic. I have worked in both Higher Education and Further Education in teaching and research roles. I have a practice-led PhD in music (composition) from Newcastle University. I am a keen field recordist, electronic music apostle, and classically trained oboist. I currently produce work under the pseudonym James Joys.



EDUCATION

2008 – 2012 Newcastle University.
PhD in music. Between The Concrète and the Kinetic: A Portfolio of Compositions. Newcastle University. Supervised by Dr. William Edmondes and Dr. Bennett Hogg.

2006 – 2007 Newcastle University
MMus in composition. Distinction.

2002 – 2006 Newcastle University and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
BMus (Hons), First Class.

1995 – 2002 Royal Belfast Academical Institution
A Levels: Music, English Literature, Geography, Art.
9 GCSEs.


AWARDS

2013 EPSRC SiDE Research Project. Newcastle University.
2008 – 2012 AHRC PhD. Newcastle University.
2006 – 2008 AHRC Masters. Newcastle University.






TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2015 – 2016 Music Lecturer in music production, performance, and electronic music at dBs Music (part of Cornwall College), Bristol.
• Music theory and aural skills
• Composing music
• Music performance sessions
• Technical production techniques: analogue and digital recording studio sessions, laptop and software production (Logic, Ableton, Reason, Pro-Tools)
• Research and written projects
• Pastoral care and personal tutoring




2009 – 2013 Associate Lecturer – Newcastle University
• Contemporary Music Practice. Planning and delivery of series of lectures, workshops, small group seminars and tutorials
• Composition: electroacoustic music, contemporary digital production, studio recording and production
• Weekly delivery of free-improvisation workshops with groups of 5-10 students
• One-to-one music lessons teaching studio-based composition: Ableton, Reason, Pro-tools, Logic and other software and hardware
• Assessment and critical feedback of composition portfolios and essays





OTHER EMPLOYMENT


2013 – 2015 Freelance peripatetic oboe teacher and office admin temping.

2013 – 2013 Research Associate. Culture Lab. Computing Science, University of Newcastle. A public user group study in mobile music sharing habits. Paper published in 2014 at CHI (Conference on Human Factors In Computing Systems).

2007 – 2013 Part-time barman at Black Swan Arts Centre

2007 – 2008 Hotel receptionist and administrator. McKever Hotels, Newcastle upon Tyne

2007 – 2011 Oboe Teacher – Self-Employed
Fortnightly individual lessons for twelve pupils.

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