My teaching is personal - I enjoy knowing what music inspires and drives my students. I work carefully in understanding ways in which I can motivate my students in crafting their piano technique or composing skills. I encourage students to create achievable goals like preparing for a monthly performance regardless of level or writing a song for a birthday. I always prefer to know what my student’s favorite piece over their most complicated piece. My methodology is a balance of traditional and innovative pedagogy that has been successful in achieving results where many other teachers fail.
My passion for music composition began at age 5. I am a pianist and a guitarist. At the University of Miami in Florida I earned a 3.8 grade average and a masters degree called “Media Writing and Production.” I have two internationally released CD’s and am expertly proficient in the creative process of audio work station production. I’ve work closely with other musicians in preparing for a producing hundreds of recording sessions. Most recently, I released a CD of my music on the international smooth jazz network. I am an experienced piano teacher and have worked with many in my home studio either at the piano or from my Mac-based digital sequencing/recording studio. I teach and compose music in all styles.
CAROL NETHEN WEST
I am a personable, highly motivated music professional with extensive experience in the recording arts and teaching. My unique blend of professional experience and degrees make me a candidate at an institution that seeks positive ways to engage students in learning how to bring their music into a recording studio. I also teach college level music theory, history, composition, private and class piano and beginner guitar.
lecturer - music appreciation, history, theory and composition
pianist, composer, arranger, producer using desktop and professional recording studios piano teacher - classical/jazz/pop
guitar teacher - beginner to intermediate level - pop and folk
music notation software programming - Sibelius
ensemble leader - conductor, band leader dance accompanist
Jan- Dec 2018 "Christmas Carol", a smooth jazz CD release
Carol Nethen West Production
Composer/arranger/ producer of a smooth jazz commercial CD entitled "Christmas Carol." Duties included arranging music in a smooth jazz style, creating professionally notated scores, desktop digital audio workstation production, working with sound recording professionals in producing live recording sessions, remote collaboration in rehearsing musicians in various parts of the country, creating music marketing package and establishing point of sale, submission to record labels for subsequent projects.
Piano Teacher 01/1970 to 04/2019 Carol Nethen West Music Vero Beach , FL
Private piano teacher in home studio - classical, pop and jazz, standard technical and music theory as applied to the piano.
Composer/Producer 09/1991 to 01/2000 America's Most Wanted - Fox TV Washington , DC Composed TV scores in locked synchronization with video for America's Most Wanted TV show in Washington D.C. Duties included spotting music and with producers, working in a home-based studio to create MIDI scores, producing live recorded performances, producing revisions in tight deadline scheduling, laying in music cues at post production houses and working with sound recording professionals in sound design - the combining of music, sound effects, dialogue and voice over.
Composer/Producer - Maryland Public Television 09/1983 to 01/2000 PBS Baltimore, MD Composition and production of original music for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Productions include
documentary film scores, station promos, educational programming scores, public service announcement. Duties included contracting and conducting instrumental and vocal recording sessions with musicians from The Baltimore Symphony, The US service bands and local professional musicians.
Composer/Producer/Instructional Designer 01/1985 to 01/2000 The Calvert School Baltimore , MD Creation of original music for use in educational programming by The Calvert School. Scores created in MIDI home based studio and in various recording studios for home instruction videos. Duties included writing of instructional manuals to accompany the published music learning video series Melody Lane, working with music professionals on set and collaborating with producer and school administrators in instructional design.
Composer/Producer/Music Editor 09/1992 to 01/2000 The United States Information Agency Washington , D.C. Composition and production of original TV music scores for the United States' TV network WORLDNET, the television broadcast production division of the Voice of America (VOA). TV show themes included America Today, Worldnet Dialogue, (global broadcast) TV Marti (Cuban broadcast station package). Music editing included the selecting and cutting in library music for TV show Science Today and the earliest documentary films on terrorism.
Recording Artist 08/1989 to 01/2000 Narada Productions Milwaukee , WI
Composition and production of the album A View From the Bridge, a new age album that gained international distribution during the early years of MIDI technology. The album is commercially available at various online outlets and streams online at Pandora, Sirius and Spotify.
Adjunct Faculty Music Instructor 08/1985 to 04/1989 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD Lecturer in courses including Music For the Classroom Teacher, Music Theory I &II, Music Fundamentals. Formed lesson plans based on textbook curriculum, created extra help work sheets, wrote tests and advised/evaluated student performance.
Classroom Music Teacher 08/1979 to 05/1980 Indian Creek School Crownsville, MD Classroom music teacher of K-6 students in private school environment. Introduced creative movement and musical theater to the music curriculum and oversaw the implementation of collaborative musical theater production in many home room and clubs classes.
Piano/vocal Sheet Music Arranger 09/1981 to 05/1983 Colombia Pictures Productions Miami , FL Arranger of piano/vocal sheet music. Credits include the music of Stevie Wonder, Cheap Trick, The Go- Go's, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and more.
Dance Accompanist 09/1966 to 05/1983 Dance Departments ( various) Miami, Boston, Chautauqua, Washington D.C., College Park Pianist, percussionist and guitarist for modern dance and ballet at Dance Miami, The Miami Conservatory of Dance, Harvard University, Chautauqua Institution, The University of Maryland and The Washington DC School of Dance.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Music Education
The University of Maryland
graduated first in the class. Piano student of Dr. Roy Hamlin Johnson
College Park, MD, USA
Master of Music: Composition and Recording Studio Production
The University of Miami
A Master of Music (M.M.) in Studio Writing and Production degree with real-life situational experience producing a wide range of studio recorded music productions for commercial applications, film scores and live show production. Focus of study included conducting music ensembles, contracting musicians, working with sound engineers, handling of budgets, music marketing composing of various styles of music from pop to classic contemporary.
Affiliations, Volunteer Work, Awards
City of Annapolis, MD USA The Mayor's Office.
Appointed, volunteer arts advisor to Mayor Josh Cohen and on the Annapolis City Dock Advisory Committee as public art specialist. 2009-2013. Annapolis, MD.
Women in Film and Video, Washington DC. Composer member. Workshops for production professionals on how to work with a composer. 1985-2000.
National Music Teacher's Association, Maryland regional chapter. Piano teacher member. Planned and supervised all aspects of student competitive and noncompetitive group events. 1985-2000.
The Washington DC Film Society Peer Award for filmscoring. 2000.
The Maryland Governor Award for Individual Artist Excellence for music. 1995.
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