Music Subjects Tutor Brenden from Vancouver

Music Subjects Tutor Brenden from Vancouver, BC
Name Brenden M. Recommended
City Vancouver, BC
Teaching Ableton, Audio Engineering, 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

If you are on a learning or creative path with music software, a tutor can speed up your learning. Knowledge and experience grow well together when someone is there to ask quick questions. As a person, I am a bit of a nerd, but I am friendly and communicate well. That said, my approach to audio mixing is also hands-on and sense-driven.

Education / Certificates
  • 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.
  • I've worked with audio and video on computers for about 17 years.
Professional Experience

Involved with computer music and audio since 2005:

  1. For the last 16 years, I have made music with Ableton Live, mostly for fun. 
  2. At audio school, class was held 4 hours, 5 days a week. I spent time in the studio whenever I could. It was about 28 hours a month in addition to regular class time. I learned about hardware tools, recording techniques, and Pro Tools.
  3. Since 2017, I've worked as a computer music tutor and for an educational software company (as a voiceover editor and bug tester).

I can best teach Ableton or Pro Tools, but also transmit a lot of concepts and techniques for recording, composing, mixing, and audio engineering in general.

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 know a few things about video.
Teaching Approach

I'll give you an hour of free discussion! Please use this time to ask me questions about what you want to learn. After that, if you want to, we can plan lessons. Sessions lasting 1.5 hours once a week or every two weeks would be what I recommend.

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.

Physics and math are helpful, and so are muscle memory and grooving to the beats!


I am flexible about arranging the time in advance, either spontaneously or by sticking to a plan. Only Zoom on Thursday.

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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Keiko N.

1 year 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.
1 year 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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