“...I woke up one day and decided I wanted to learn how to play the piano. ...I had never tried it before. I quickly realized I would need professional help to actually learn, as I was struggling with commitment, understanding sheet music, and just understanding the overall methods used to play the piano. ...compared to when I started, I have learned a great deal and am pleased with my progress thus far. I feel incredibly more comfortable with reading and understanding sheet music as well as the overall playing of the piano. Also, lessons with [Dechen] have kept me committed to learning and have made it something I will likely stick with to where on my own I may have given up.” - Greg Ulm
Did you know that all the best musicians have mentors? Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado had Timbaland. Snoop Dog & Eminem had Dr. Dre. Lou Reed & Iggy Pop had David Bowie. John Coltrane & Herbie Hancock had Miles Davis. You need someone to guide you - Music is handed down. It’s a trade. An apprenticeship. The meat of it is in the relationship.
Hi, my name is Dechen Hawk. I’m a musician, husband, gardener, and dog lover. I’ve been making a living in the music industry for over 20 years as an entertainer, vocalist, composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist, not to mention as a talent buyer, booking agent, teacher, and mentor.
I’ve played major venues and festivals and shared the stage with top acts. I’ve studied and taught at the university level. But what I love more than anything is connecting with individuals and supporting them in reaching their goals. If you're reading this, you clearly care about music and take your music studies seriously. If you'd like to take it to the next level, I invite you to enter your email below to learn more about working with me.
“TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY TOWARDS YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS REQUIRES BRAVERY. TO REMAIN ON THAT PATH REQUIRES COURAGE. THE BRIDGE THAT MERGES THE TWO IS COMMITMENT.” ~ STEVE MARABOLI
Online Music Mentorship, TUTORING, & LESSONS
This has been a really fun way to connect and pass the time while under quarantine. All levels are welcome. I offer mentorship to musicians looking to up their game across the board, which can include but is not limited to tutoring for those looking to get into or already in music school, lesson instruction on guitar, piano, and voice, as well as songwriting, theory, and the like.
Study with me includes musicianship as a whole, using instrument or vocal technique, theory, and composition as the building blocks. I draw on 24 years of experience composing, performing, and recording music, a degree in music from Naropa University, and my experience as a professor at Naropa University. I work with my mentees to understand their individual goals so we can best meet them together. Whether you are a beginner, at the intermediate, or advanced level, sessions are designed to meet your needs in a realistic and fun way.
Sessions can include technique instruction and practical application on your instrument of choice (piano, guitar, and/or voice). Beginner technique includes foundational skills such as getting familiar with your instrument, proper hand placement, and basic chords and scales. Intermediate and advanced students can choose to work on chordal voicing, embellishment, improvisation, and other key skill-building components. We can use your instrument as a reference point to explore theory and composition appropriate to your skill level and personal goals.
We can use music theory and composition to help you better understand a song you are learning, and/or to create or embellish your musical composition. Teachings on theory include basics such as learning what key you are in and the scales and chords related to it -or- more in-depth teachings on modes and modal movement, harmony, rhythm, reading and writing music, and ear training. Students working on songwriting can choose from arranging, melody writing, chord structures and progressions, song form, and recording and studio application as a part of their lessons.
Sessions are structured to empower you to grow in your technique, explore your creativity, and to learn or create musical compositions that represent your unique offering to the world.
To develop your skills and expand your musicianship as a whole, mentees or students commit to weekly sessions for a minimum of 3 months while exploring their musicality. Sessions will be held online via Zoom.