Hi! My name is Michael Mikulka: I recently received my Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Texas. I was wondering if you have any students at Alan C Pope HS who would be interested in receiving composition lessons over Skype. My rate is $50 for a 50-60 minute lesson, and the lessons can be purchased online via PayPal. I will give each potential student a free 30 minute sample lesson.
I have experience composing in various musical styles: while my education was grounded in classical music, I have also studied many other genres, including jazz, film music, and the music of various world cultures. I am a firm advocate for the idea that a strong compositional ability entails being capable of writing and teaching in any style: baroque, hip-hop, minimalism, metal, neoclassicism, and rock still share a great deal of musical attributes, and the rest is just understanding the musical language and intentions of each genre.
In addition to composing (I have been chosen as a winner or finalist 28 times in composition contests and calls for scores), I am the founder and operator of the new music advocacy website www.newbandmusic.com and the creator and conductor of the Vine Orchestra, which has premiered over 50 six-second compositions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Michael Mikulka, DMA
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