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Hi! I'm a Virginia-based recording artist, born and raised in Hampton, VA. I graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Recorded Music in 2011. Prior to NYU, I spent a year at Shenandoah Conservatory studying music production and classical/jazz percussion.
Under my artistic alias Ruven, I've produced EPs, singles, and remixes for Dream Diary Records, and am currently working on a full-length album. Together with my business partner, I compose music for film & TV under our co-owned company Moon Music, based in Brooklyn. I also regularly write and record as a collaborator with a variety of artists in pop, R&B, hip-hop, electronic, and rock genres.
With the live music industry and travel impacted by COVID, I hope I can share some of what I've learned as an artist, producer, songwriter, and musician with students of all ages and interests.
Rather than taking an initial deep dive into theory and concepts, I think it's important to excite and engage students with practical and achievable goals. In production, that might be helping to teach someone to make a beat or backing track, or to learn quick ways to balance a mix. As a songwriter, that might be to focus on how to write singable melody before building a song arrangement. As a guitarist, that might be to learn chord shapes and song forms before learning how voice-leading informs those decisions. It's always best to offer tools to inspire self-teaching outside of the lessons, and then to build on those inspirations and musical sparks during teaching sessions.
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Some Supplies You Might Need
MIDI keyboard, headphones, any instruments of choice are helpful!
*TRAIN is a free service offered by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, which receives no proceeds from instruction. Our mission is to connect artists directly with students, and all instructional arrangements and financial agreements are made exclusively between the artists and the students. The Virginia Folklife Program does not assume responsibility or liability for these arrangements.