Music Lessons with Fred Brown

From: $30.00

Learn to think musically.

Music is what happens when we turn the deepest part of us into sound and organize it to communicate to others. To make music, we must understand that the sound is downstream from what is inside us, as well as know what we are trying to communicate. One-on-one composition lessons with me will focus on electroacoustic practices and include traditional and non-traditional notation and instrumentation, sound recording and manipulation, instrument invention and construction, and developing a personal music philosophy. Prospective students will benefit from already having a knowledge of western music theory and practices, but it is not a prerequisite. Banjo lessons will focus solely on oldtime playing styles and the associated tunes and the traditions, and learning how to develop a unique style within this context. Whether composition or performance, I believe music making is best learned as a two-way exchange of ideas toward a holistic musical understanding.

My Favorite Things to Teach

  • Instruments: Banjo (Oldtime)
  • Pursuits: Composition & Arranging, Live Sound, Music Life Mentoring, Recording & Audio Production
  • Styles: Folk, Traditional

Ages & Skill Levels

  • I work best with students of all ages
  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome

Availability & Rates

  • Lessons are currently conducted either virtually or at my studio in Orchard Park, NY (following CDC guidelines for safety)
  • Mondays–Thursdays: 7:00pm–11:00pm
  • Fridays: 10:00am–11:00pm
  • Saturdays: 8:00am–1:00pm
  • Sundays: 3:00pm–8:00pm
  • 30 minutes: $30
  • 60 minutes: $60

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About the Artist

About the Artist

FRED BROWN grew up singing hymns in church and playing saxophone in the rural community band, which led to playing punk and hardcore guitar; classical composition; avant garde, noise, electroacoustic, and computer composition and performance; and lately to traditional American folk music performance and study. His compositions are influenced heavily by non-musical sounds, finding organization in randomness and form in the inchoate, while his banjo playing rests firmly in the American oldtime and pre-bluegrass traditions. He is also the founder of Lowly Mountain Banjos, where he works with clients to create truly unique mountain banjos and gourd banjos.
About the Artist