Hilarie provides individualized instruction for the:
After an initial assessment of the student’s musical strengths and weaknesses, Hilarie develops a curriculum that is specialized for the needs of the student.
Hilarie is passionate about the importance of music theory and aural skills. Her strength in teaching music theory is her focus on applying music theory to all disciplines in music. She is able to “cross reference” each theory concept with its historical significance, answer most questions of “how” and “why” the concept was used, and show the performer and or composer of how to apply it in one’s musical interpretations or compositions.
“It is not enough to understand music theory in “theory” but to play it, sing it, and hear it for all musicians. ” – from Hilarie
Hilarie reinforces the importance of the practical application of music theory through the study of aural skills: sight singing, keyboard skills, and harmonic and melodic dictation.
1991 – Ph.D. in Music Theory, Yale University
1987 – M. Phil in Music Theory, Yale University
Basic Musicianship I and II/Advanced Musicianship II (SUNY Orange)
Elementary Studies in Analysis and Composition I and II (Yale University)
Ear-Training Lab (Yale University)
One music student who was asked to leave a music program at a university because of her poor aural skills worked with Hilarie intensively over a summer. Afterwards, she transferred music schools and graduated with both a degree in music performance and music education. She has just completed a graduate degree in music performance and has been successful in orchestral auditions throughout the U.S.