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John Reed

Lawrence Township, NJ 08648 (map)


Lessons Offered

Composition, Guitar, Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

John Reed is an active fine art music composer and concert pianist, performing all across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has written for many different ensembles, including string trio, choral, solo piano, art song, string quartet, and more. His works push the boundaries of tonal and post-tonal music, exploring contrapuntal concepts in a new harmonic language.

John has studied with notable teachers such as Paul Hoffmann, Dr. Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Dr. Stefan Young. From these influences, he performs with a more European style of performance practice and piano technique. In his composition studies, John was taught counterpoint, harmony, and orchestration in the style of Nadia Boulanger of the Paris School.

In August 2018, John graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University with highest honors, receiving his B.M in Music Composition, History, and Theory, with a focus in Piano Performance. During his studies there, John received a scholarship for his high academic marks, and won the Ruth and Raymond Young Composition Prize in 2017 for his orchestral work, "The Events of a Normal Day", which was premiered by the Westminster Community Orchestra in April 2017, under the baton of Ruth Ochs.

John has been the Director of Music at Our Saviour, Polish National Catholic Church, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey since 2016. In early Spring 2018, Trinity United Methodist Church appointed John as their Director of Music and Principle Pianist. In Summer 2018, John joined the HAA faculty as the newest member of their piano department.

My Musical Education Background

Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor's of Music in Music Composition, History, and Theory, Piano Concentration, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University New Brunswick

Paul Hoffmann, Piano

Phyllis Lehrer, Piano

Dr. Benjamin Boyle, Theory, Harmony, Composition

Dr. Stefan Young, Composition

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical

Country

Folk

Rock 'n' Roll

Blues

Lesson Rates

$75 for an hour lesson. I offer a trial lesson as well.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Piano: all ages, all skill levels

Compositon: all ages, all skill levels

Harmony, all ages, all skill levels

Theory: all ages, all skill levels

Guitar; all ages,  all skill levels

 

My Certifications and Awards

Ruth and Raymond Young Composition Prize, Spring 2016

My Musical Influences

J.S. Bach

Beethoven

Mozart

Haydn

Faure

Chopin

Debussy

Prokofiev

Tallus

Montiverdi

Frescobaldi


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