Composition Lessons for Students
Mentoring Sessions for Professional Composers
Hi! I’m Stephanie Ann Boyd. I’m a composer of chamber and orchestra music, and I teach private composition lessons via skype! I've been teaching privately for five years now and in the past six years I've brought composition programs to festivals and schools in three countries. Since 2012 I've helped over 100 composers between the ages of 11 and 33 write their first pieces. Students in my studio have been accepted to composition programs at great universities and music schools, and while in my studio they have written music for artists like Andrea Bocelli and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
My own music has been performed in nearly all fifty states over the past two years, and in the next year my music will be performed in over 35 countries as part of the World Sonata Project. I graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory, and since have been commissioned by violinists from Curtis, Juilliard, Yale, section leaders of orchestras around the world, and professors at many colleges and universities. I currently live in New York City.
Over the past five years and hundreds upon hundreds of hours teaching via skype, I've found that this method is incredibly efficient! From assigning you exercises to giving you that perfect Mahler's Fifth Symphony performance to watch on youtube to helping you troubleshoot on Finale or Sibelius (and telling you my time-saving notation tips!) to helping you perfect your scores in real time, working truly face-to-face via computer is actually an incredible boon to your composing journey. AND it means that you can study with me, no matter where you live!
Lessons are either once or twice a week, and are an hour long. Each week you’ll bring in the work you’ve done over the week and I'll critique it. This is where we discuss the hard and fast rules of composition, notation techniques, and other musical ideas. The rest of the lesson will be spent workshopping your piece and doing compositional exercises, and studying the scores of composers I think you'll be inspired by. If you’re serious about learning how to compose now, or in the future, keep reading. I'm charismatic, I believe in tough love, and I make lessons exciting and fun.
Opportunities for Studio Students
- As part of your lessons, your music gets performed in annual studio recitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan (my hometown) and New York City (my current town!).
- You will get to talk about your music and get to know your peers' music in optional studio classes several times a year.
- You will be given guidance in applying to music schools, summer festivals, submitting your work to competitions, and helping your music really get the chance to have a life of its own.
What Students and Commissioners Say
"I first met Stephanie at the JVL Summer Music Program in 2011 and since then she has provided me with tons of meaningful insight in composition - for example, she gave me great advice and assistance in preparing a portfolio that got me accepted into the composition program at the University of Toronto."
- Chestan, University of Toronto, Canada
"After months without composition lessons and struggling with motivation after making a life changing move, I had the luck of meeting Stephanie at a benefit concert hosted by a mutual friend. A few days later, we met for a first lesson and I felt instantaneously that her guidance and help would help me in so many different ways. Since then I can say that the teaching she's provided has given me not only many gained skills in the realm of composition, but has also pushed me to feel inspired on many levels." - Yoav, Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor MI
"Stephanie is an important composer not only because she is a sensitive and skilled artist, but because she has a real talent for outreach and communication. Over the course of the past two years with her 50 State Sonata Project and World Sonata Project, in my mind she became not just a composer, but an ambassador for music with the capability to reach people in ways that others couldn’t." - Robert W., Idaho commissioner of the 50 State Sonata Project and composition student
"Working with Stephanie Ann Boyd is an absolute musical breeze. The way she inflicts the most delicate melodies upon intrusive rhythms is highly inspirational and enlightening. Her music speaks to me on many levels, but most importantly it is the absolute honesty and naivety one finds in her music that leaves the listener as well as the performer dazzled and content’' - Branko Simic, Swiss commissioner of the World Sonata Project
Mentoring Sessions for Professional Composers $175 for a one hour session: advice on creating compelling projects, audience outreach, publishing options, building your brand, working with performers, and generating income with your music.
Send me an email at stephanie @ stephanieannboyd.com to set up a good time to meet!
Composition Lessons $100 per hour lesson, billed monthly. Some need-based scholarships available.
Send me an email at stephanie @ stephanieannboyd.com to sign up for a free 20 minute meeting to discuss how composition lessons work and to see if we might make a great team!
1) Stephanie with composition class at a composition residency in Chicago.
2) Stephanie's violin concerto Sybil, premiered in 2015 by award-winning violinist Eunae Koh.
3) A new piece by composer Joshua Mastel.
4) Stephanie's House of Fountains, recorded by the New England Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Earl Lee, assistant conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
5) After a recording session with Carlock Records of Stephanie's violin and viola concertos.
6) A student putting in fingerings for Stephanie's Beyond the Gate during a composition residency at Interlochen.