Music Subjects Tutor Brenden from Vancouver

Music Subjects Tutor Brenden from Vancouver, BC
Name Brenden M. Recommended
City Vancouver, BC
Additional Location Burnaby
Teaching Ableton, Audio Engineering, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Synthesizer, Ear Training, Music Composition, Music Production, Music Software
Speaking English
Originally From Canada
Working With Youth, Adults, Groups
Levels I Teach Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lessons Take Place My Home/Office, Learner's Home or Work, Public Place, Online
Review Rating
Hourly Rate C$35

Enrolled in an audio course, recording music, mixing a podcast, or creating audio-video content on the internet? These are some areas I have knowledge in. I've worked with audio and video on computers for about 17 years. I enjoy helping students understand details and give methods to creativity.

Education / Certificates

Educational Experience:

  • In 2010, I received an Audio Engineering and Production trade diploma. 
  • For the last 11 years I've worked in the audio industry as an editor and mixer, and I've also worked as a tutor off and on.

Educational Credentials:

  • B.A., Major in Philosophy, Minor in English - Vancouver Island University, with several electives in Music and Linguistics. 2009.
  • Trade Diploma, Audio Engineering and Production - Pacific Audio Visual Institute. 2010.
Professional Experience

Some notes on my experiences with computer music and audio engineering over the years:

  1. For the last 16 years, I have made music with Ableton Live, mostly for fun. 
  2. While at audio school, in-class instruction took place 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. I also spent as much time in the studio as I was allowed to. I once added it up to about 28 hrs a month in addition to class time. That time was devoted to practice learning how to use professional audio equipment and Pro Tools.
  3. Since 2010, I've worked on audio books, as a computer music tutor, and for an educational software company (as an audio editor and bug tester).
  4. In my daily work, I use Ableton Live, iZotope RX and Ozone, and Avid Pro Tools. I am somewhat familiar with Logic Pro, but I do not use it at home.

I can best teach Ableton or Pro Tools, but the concepts of recording, composing, and sound engineering are applicable in any Digital Audio Workstation or hardware. 

I can help students with the following tasks:

  • Audio engineering in general,
  • Making music with a computer,
  • Preparing home studio spaces,
  • Recording audio and MIDI, 
  • Software instruments, 
  • Mixing with effects and plugins, 
  • Audio mastering.
  • I'm not an expert at video but know a few things.
Teaching Approach

Have a free hour of discussion: please take an opportunity to ask me questions and chat about what you want to learn. After that, if you want to we can plan lessons. Sessions running 1.5 hours one a week or every two weeks is recommended.

I can help with concept instruction, and point things out on the screen while you hear with your ears. How far you go up to you! I wish to emphasize the value of reading and practice. Move faders, hit buttons, read the manual, read the forum, keep practicing. A tutor on hand is like nitro to this learning process.

There are three big topic clusters as I see them:

  1. Learning some sound physics and about digital audio,
  2. Understanding software and hardware to your advantage,
  3. Fun: use these tools to be creative and productive.

I am flexible to arrange the time in advance or stick to a plan. Thursday by Zoom only.

Teaching Place(s)
  • In person is OK.
  • Zoom or chat is OK.
  • Cafe or public library is OK.

Sharing screens is possible, but it can be tricky sometimes to coordinate the computer for music software while running audio in Zoom. I will wear a mask during in-person sessions.

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2 reviews available.

Keiko N.

8 months ago

I had very fruitful sessions with Brenden learning beginner level mixing and mastering on the Garageband for the past two months. Brenden's teaching method focused on understanding the "why" behind certain issues I faced with my own mixing of original/cover songs (EQ, Mater Reverb, etc.,) By using tons of analogies and examples easy to understand for a beginner like myself, I was able to digest key concepts and transform them into tangible skills-a lot faster and more effective than searching answers on youtube forever. What I also found extremely helpful was that Brenden left some notes prior to the lesson in response to the draft Garageband file I sent for him to take a look at, which allowed me to have more productive sessions with key concepts and further questions in mind. Whether you are trying to become a professional mixer, or someone like me who is a beginner and don't know how to tell if your mixing style is good or bad, Brenden will be a great resource to point you in the right direction and guide you through based on your level and skills.

East End Doug [James E.
East End Doug [James E.

Brenden accelerates results.
12 months ago

I highly recommend Brenden M. His ability to break down technical concepts that at first may seem overwhelming is rare. And he always explains the whats and whys of the problem as he's solving it before moving on, so there's no unsolved mystery at the end of a lesson. I also find Brenden M. to be patient, customer centred, fun to be around, flexible, a good listener, and a great technician/engineer. I meet with him once a week and am gradually believing that with help and effort, I too will achieve a high level on my DAW and make excellent records. One last thing: Because Brenden M. advises me on what hardware gear and software plug ins I might need or not need to achieve specific goals, I end up saving money... lots of it. But that's just icing on the cake. Therefore, I highly recommend Brenden M.

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