Study Music with J S Kingfisher


Jazz • Pop • Rock • Folk • R&B • Ambient



Songwriting • Composing for Film and Theater


Arranging and Orchestration • Studio Production • Keyboards


Sacred Sound: Muzoracle and the Esoteric



Jeff’s teacher and mentor, Dick Grove, used to quip, “There’s only one right way to develop a  melody—and it’s different for everyone.” Indeed, each of us is gifted with our own brand of expression, whether it’s as a composer, an instrumentalist, a lyricist, or a vocalist. Jeff’s aim as a teacher is to help you find what belongs uniquely to you, and transform it into effective and satisfying communication.


Every Good Musician is a Writer. As an artist, Jeff’s primary function is as a composer, arranger, and producer. As a teacher, the same holds true—whatever your focus of study, you will learn to write when you work with Jeff. That’s because the basics of composing—melodic development, harmonization, and rhythm—are the basis for all things musical. Whether you are or wish to be a songwriter, an improviser, a better player, or a better singer, learning how it all fits together—by fitting it together yourself—will further your aim.


Deep Knowledge. Study with Jeff always involves gaining an understanding of the structure of sound and music. Far from dry, academic theory, Jeff’s method employs exercises for the ear and the body, as well as the mind. The greater the musical knowledge in our being as a whole—in body, mind, and feeling—the broader the base upon which to build facility. Whatever your knowledge base is now, expanding it will expand your artistic palette, and make you better at what you do.



There are four basic programs that Jeff draws from when custom tailoring individual programs for his students. They are:


• The Basics. Every program of study includes these. They are fundamental acoustics; the harmonic series; tonality; harmony; rhythm; melody; notation; and form.


• The Writer’s Program. The basics, plus: composing; arranging; orchestration; lyric writing; groove building; recording; and mixing.


• The Keyboard Program. The basics, plus: improvisation; voicings; keyboard arrangements; groove; bass lines; and working with vocalists.


• The Vocalist Program. Jeff is not a vocal teacher, per se—he does not teach vocal technique. As an adjunct to traditional vocal training, however, Jeff has much to offer. Singers, especially in the pop world, often lack knowledge and understanding of what the rest of the band is up to. A singer that knows their way around a chart, and has an in-the-body/in-the-ear understanding of rhythmic nuance and harmony, is truly a member of the band; they’re more at ease with other players, and the other players are more at ease with them. For vocalists, Jeff offers instruction first in the basics; then in sight-singing, ear training, groove, phrasing, and improvisation.


• The Esoterics Program. Jeff is the creator of Muzoracle, a kind of musical cross between the Tarot and I Ching; it uses cards and twelve-sided dice to access both sounds and layers of metaphor. In addition to being a powerful creative tool, the Muzoracle draws from acoustic science, music theory, and various esoteric systems, making it an effective entrée or adjunct to studies and practices of sacred music and sound healing. The Esoterics Program is essentially a study of the Muzoracle and the various systems it engages; it can be embarked upon on its own, or elements of it can be combined with other programs.


Jeff teaches in his recording studio at Philomusica and at students' homes. Learn more about Jeff Kingfisher.


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