music composition lessons in Richardson, TX or online

I have taught music technology, composition, theory, and entrepreneurship for many years — at the college level and privately.

I offer lessons in Richardson, TX or online for $60/hr. Contact me (adam at adamscottneal.com) to set up our first appointment.

credentials and experience

  • PhD in Music Composition, University of Florida
  • MA in Sonic Arts, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Currently teaching at the Art Institute of Dallas
  • Taught classes at East Carolina University and University of Florida
  • Years of experience teaching private lessons (composition, technology, theory, piano)

teaching philosophy

Music is an ephemeral experience, so I emphasize experiential learning in my classes and lessons.

I may assign some non-composing homework of listening, reading, and viewing. We may do some short études in addition to the current in-progress composition. Putting together a short piece within certain boundaries can quickly demonstrate why certain rules “work.”

I’ll probably ask you questions like “What kind of composer are you?” “What is this passage about?” What I’m trying to do is help you determine what interests you most in music (e.g. melody, texture, timbre, etc.), and figure out what you’re trying to emphasize in your piece. There’s no right way to compose, but there’s a right way for you.

I am always game to talk about music entrepreneurship and the “business” of being a composer. Modern musicians rarely have one role and one income stream. Let’s strategize your career together.

I highly encourage attending concerts and getting involved in whatever local scene you find yourself in. That’s how you get started networking and promoting yourself.

Most of all, I strive to maintain enthusiasm and humor so you feel comfortable taking chances with your art. You might have temporary failures, but they are all building toward long-range successes.

Welcome and thanks for checking out my work! -adam

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