Christopher Melen

Music tutor

Based in
Swansea, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Midlands, Southern England
Christopher Melen | Music tutor

Rates: Starting from £35 (negotiable)

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I am a composer and musician (specializing primarily in electronic instruments), and offer my services as a composition tutor and also general music theory tutor. I have a 1st class Batchelor of Music degree from Cardiff University, and a PhD in Composition from the same institution. I use electronics and computer-aided composition techniques widely in my music, and as such I also have extensive programming skills, with expertise in a number of programming languages (C, C++, Java, Scheme, Common Lisp, Prolog, Oz, etc.) and intimate knowledge of major DSP environments such as Csound, SuperCollider, Max/MSP and Common Lisp Music. In this latter capacity I am available as an assistant to any composers who might require advice or aid in designing electronic components of compositions, and also as a performer if required (laptop, synth, etc.).

I have recently had an article on one of my pieces ('Six Metal Fugue', for four brass, tubular bells and steel drums) published by the renowned French electronic music research institute IRCAM (see 'Six Metal Fugue' in 'The OpenMusic Composer's Book', Vol.2, pub. Editions Delatour).

I am the designer of YLEM, a computer-aided composition system, and CLAVIS (Common Lisp Audio Visualization and Synthesis), a graphical DSP environment. Both are programmed in Common Lisp.

Please see below for further details on my education and teaching experience.


Lecturer in Composition (Cardiff University)

Oct 2002 - Jun 2003

Associate Tutor in Harmony and Counterpoint (Cardiff University)

Oct 2001 - Jun 2006

Educational history

PhD in Composition

October, 2001 - April, 2006
Cardiff University
I studied under renowned English composer Anthony Powers.

Batchelor of Music (1st Class)

October, 1998 - June, 2001
Cardiff University

BA in Philosophy

October, 1988 - June, 1992
Swansea University


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Online teaching offered

Last login: 10 years 24 weeks ago

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