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Qualifications & Experience

I am a full-time Composer and Educator, available to teach Musical Composition, Music Theory, Musicianship, Music Fundamentals and Ear-Training.

I have a great passion for music and for music making. Teaching has provided me the greatest opportunity to employ what I have cultivated as a musician. I strive to shed light on complex musical concepts and terminology for those who find intellectual exploration a barrier against pursuing music as an academic discipline.
With careful instruction, I nurture and encourage critical thinking about music and aim to prepare musicians to face the incredible demands of today. I take the time to discover who my students are. I work to connect to their lives, to ascertain the music and musical experience that is a part of them. I aspire daily to teach with excellence and to guide students to effective strategies for learning. Practice and reflection have nourished my capacity to connect with students, to connect them with one another, and all of us to music. I believe these connections illuminate the path to learning.

Juilliard Graduate - BM, MM in Music Composition - Milton Babbitt

PhD with distinction, Columbia University, Music Composition. - Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer, Joseph Dubiel

Education

1994

The Juilliard School

Music Composition

2006

Columbia University in the City of New York

Music Composition

1992

The Juilliard School

Music Composition

Subjects

Social Studies

Music History

Music

Music History Music Composition Ear Training General Music Music Theory Sight Singing Songwriting

Christopher ’s Rating

4.9
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
4.8
Punctuality

Reviews

Ke C.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Christopher is definitely a professional teacher, the courser content is designed to correspond to personal needs, his teaching has put thoughts and consideration in order to give the efficient study results. He spot my weakness and help me improve. If you want to be a good musician definitely take his class.

a year ago

Billy D.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

My experience of studying with Christopher has been productive, thorough and engaging from the first lesson. Scheduling and interaction outside lessons has been consistently easy, quick and reliable. Christopher quickly created a directed, structured and personalized course of study pursuant to my objectives and ability level, and has provided a plethora of resources and materials to facilitate and compliment the instruction.

a year ago

Elisabeth S.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
4.0 Punctuality

I have been studying with Christopher for about a year. He has a lot of experience to share. A serious student would enjoy a positive atmosphere and his teaching methods will produce great and fast results with a fun learning environment. He is strict yet will make music fun for anyone. From working hard and studying with him I have been able to write music much better, more efficiently and creatively. 10 out 10 would recommend!!

a year ago

Anthony P.

5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Dr. Buchenholz is a professor who will fascinate you and transmit to you his passion; by far the best professor i ever had, he will help you understand complex concepts and is always available to make sure you fully grasp and understand the material. He is very passionate about what he teaches and in addition he always has this positive energy which will make you smile and have a great time while learning. Last but not least i believe his advices of how to succeed in life towards your personal goals are extremely valuable and helpful. Thank you Dr. Buchenholz for showing me a whole new world.

a year ago