MM, SUNY Purchase, Studio Composition BM, New York University, Music Composition and Theory
2018 - Released 5th studio album "Left" under artist name Pedrodomus 2017 - Performed at Greenwich Town Party with Steely Dan and Alabama Shakes 2013 - Produced and performed on album "Viewing Room" by Bend or Break released by Monolith Records
Composer, producer and guitarist with experience in licensing music for film and TV. Have produced and composed original projects in Pop, Rock, Electronic and Jazz. Is fearless when making creative decisions and is not afraid to go against conventions in the studio or on stage. As a producer Pete has demonstrated strong leadership and communication skills. Possesses a passion for education and through 10 years of teaching and has accompanied students at major US venues. Has counseled students who have gone onto prestigious music schools such as Berklee and Manhattan School of Music. Has shown an ability to communicate ideas clearly in a professional and productive manner, and encourages creativity and collaboration.
I started teaching right after college in 2009. I had taken a job working for Apple Inc and taught a few days a week at the Pop Music Academy in Stamford CT. Eventually I was able to leave Apple and work full-time for the Pop Music Academy before taking a job as the Music Director at the School of Rock in Madison. It was at School of Rock that I honed my skills and developed my philosophy of teaching. We sent students to perform at Terminal 5 in New York City where they performed alongside members of the rock group Living Color. Students also performed at famed venues such as the Ridgefield Playhouse and the Spaceland Ballroom.
In 2015 I was accepted to SUNY Purchase’s Studio Composition Graduate Program which took me away from my job at School of Rock. Grad school further contributed to my development as an educator and artist, and gave me new skills to take my career to the next level. In 2018 I agreed to become a Teaching Artist with Music Ascension and took on the role of Music Director for Indian Head Camp during the summer of 2018. At Indian Head I organized the curriculum for the students and recorded a full length album of songs that campers wrote. Since then I continue to write and produce music for TV, local artists and bands that I am actively involved with. I continue to grow as a private teacher through in home lessons and as a faculty member at Long Ridge Music Center in Stamford CT.
I subscribe to the idea that I am not a teacher, but rather a facilitator. My job is not to tell students how to become well rounded musicians, but to open doors and allow them to walk through on their own. Sharing my personal experiences can be invaluable for students, but I understand that no two students will have the same path. I don’t force-feed information, but instead bring up concepts and techniques as they pertain to the needs and desires of the student. I believe in the power of the Socratic Method in which a student’s question is not greeted with a black and white answer, but rather with a line of questioning that will allow the student to arrive at the answer on their own. I have also found improvisation to be the most effective way of allowing students to express themselves and feel excited about playing. Reading music and ear training are pillars of my approach, but improvisation is where students can really find their voice. Improvisation comes in many forms and is utilized in all my lessons with students of all abilities.
I am laid back teacher but at the same time expect the most out of my students. I stress the importance of daily practice, but at the same time try to make it a fun activity. I want the lesson space to be somewhere that student can be themselves, and always explain my reasons for having a student perform a certain task. I am curious about the student’s goals and make an attempt to teach style of music that the student is interested in. I typically divide my lessons into three parts: 1) Warmup/scales/exercises 2) reading/theory/song practice 3) Improvisation