Mel Epstein Bio

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The early days, with Hopalong Cassidy & The Lone Ranger for companions

Education

  • 2012-2014  Self-Study – Finale Music Notation Software
  • 2003-2011  Self-Study – guitar, bass guitar, accordion, drums, mandolin,
  • Self-Study Cont’d violin, cello, banjo, voice, ukulele, hammered dulcimer
  • 2007  Self-Study – Score Writer Software (GenieSoft)
  • 2005  Self-Study – Home Studio Software (Cakewalk)
  • 1991  Alternative 5 Certification (Elementary Education)
  • 1990  Notre Dame College, NH, The Exceptional Child Course
  • 1990-1991 Lessons and Self-Study:  Electric Organ/occasional performances
  • 1985  Dr. Paul Verette, UNH Music Professor, Advanced Piano Study
  • 1983  MCBA, Software Corporation, Intro to Data Processing Course
  • 1983  Word Processing Education Center, Intro to Word Processing
  • 1978- 1982  Faunt School Of Creative Music, Keyboard/Theory Study
  • 1969-1970  School of Contemporary Music Music Theory, Piano
  • 1964-1968 Allegheny College B.A. Philosophy Phi Beta Kappa Magna Cum Laude
  • 1961-1964  Columbia High School So. Orange, NJ College Prep Music Appreciation Courses
  • 1952-1960 Private Music Lessons

Reading

  • Trailblazer Guide to Finale 2012
  • Very many music instruction books – published by FJH Music, Mel Bay,Hal Leonard,
  • Instruction Books Cont’d KJOS Pub, Faber & Faber, Berklee Press, Schaum Pub, Alfred Pub
  • KJOS Music Music, The Brain and Exstasy – Robert Jourdain
  • How To Play The Hohner Diatonic Accordion – C. Livingston Valentine
  • How To Listen To & Understand Great Music (6 Volumes) – RobertGreenberg
  • The Corded Shell: Reflections on Musical Expression – Peter Kivy
  • The Encyclopedia Of Music – Max Wade-Matthews
  • The Contemporary Singer – Anne Peckham
  • A Philosophy of Music Education – Bennett Reimer
  • Music Matters: A New Philosophy of Music Education – David J. Elliott
  • An Introduction to Music – Martin Bernstein and Martin Picker
  • Guitar: A Complete Guide For The Player – Dave Hunter
  • The Definitive Guitar Handbook – Rusty Cutchin
  • Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents – Bruno Nettl
  • The Craft Of Lyric Writing – Sheila Davis
  • Harmony – Walter Piston
  • Counterpoint – Walter Piston
  • Orchestration – Walter Piston
  • Planet Drum & Drumming At The Edge Of Magic – Mickey Hart
  • The Drummer’s Path – Sule Wilson
  • Philosophy In A New Key - Suzanne Langer
  • The Synthesizer & Electronic Keyboard Handbook – David Crombie
  • Blues All Around Me – B.B. King
  • Chinaberry Sidewalks – Rodney Crowell
  • Behind The Shades, Bob Dylan – Clinton Heylin
  • Hard Rain, A Dylan Commentary – Tim Riley
  • Chronicles – Bob Dylan
  • This Wheel’s On Fire – Levon Helm
  • For What It’s Worth – John Einarson and Richie Furay
  • Composed – Roseanne Cash

Employment

  • 2014 Accompanist, St. Stephens Episcopal Church
  • 1998-2014  Self-employed full-time as private music instructor
  • 2003-2013  Music Instructor, part-time, Retail Music Store
  • 2008-2013  Author 3 Songbooks, formatted for piano, guitar, mandolin, violin and banjo
  • 1998-1999 Accompanist, St. Mark’s Catholic Church
  • 1992  Author Six Volume Set of Music Theory Books (The Young Musician ‘s Series)
  • 1991 – 1999  Software Trainer, Software Documentation  Author, Custom Software Designer
  • 1989-1990  Darrell’s Music Hall Teacher Liaison, Group Music Instructor
  • 1983-1988  RealWorld Corporation Dealer Technical Support, Curriculum Development,
  • RealWorld Corporation Cont’d Computer Software Instructor, Business Software,  Company/Job Orientation
  • 1979-1999  Self-Employed Private Music Instructor (Part-Time)
  • 1969  School of Contemporary Music, Private Music Instructor
  • 1967-1968  Allegheny College Library Assistant
  • 1959/1960  Summer Camp Swim Instructor, Music Instructor, Reading Tutor, Camp Counselor

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Present day