D’Arcy’s Teaching Experience
D’Arcy Reynolds teaches piano, improvisation, theory, composition, and coaches voice and chamber ensemble. Her private studio was founded in 1990, and she has also served on the faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center, the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and has coached chamber music at ACMP workshops. As the founding Director of the American Composers Forum’s San Francisco Chapter, she designed the Composer in the Schools program that has been running in high schools in San Francisco and Berkeley for the past 11 years.D’Arcy enjoys working with children, young adults, and adults, and tailors her teaching methods to the specific learning style of the individual.
Piano teaching methods
Piano students enjoy her unique teaching methods, especially the ease of learning new music that develops through coached sight-reading sessions, along with the joy of improvisation which is a fun way to learn theory right at the piano. The program of study is very flexible, and students may choose to be trained in classical technique and repertoire, or focus on improvisation and composition. Inspiration is the key to success!
Private composition lessons and workshops
Composition students have enjoyed her unique composition and orchestration workshops for the past fifteen years. Her basic composition workshop is 10 sessions, usually with 3-5 students. Students learn from each other, and begin to trust their inner-muse as they develop their compositional voice. Further studies include orchestration, composing chamber music for string quartets or woodwind quintet, and composing for voice.
Integrative Sound Healing
Working with individuals and groups for 25 years, D’Arcy uses a synthesis of the arts, somatic exploration and awareness in her Integrative Sound Healing practice. Clients tap their creativity with storytelling and improvisation, explore authentic movement with sound, activate inner resourcing with music and imagery, develop somatic awareness through toning, and experience their innate curiosity and connectedness. Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Feldenkrais, and Continuum are woven into the fabric of this Integrative Sound Healing process.
It’s important for us to be sure that there is good synergy, and that my teaching methods are a good fit for you. Let’s plan the first lesson as an open dialogue about the process, your goals, and how we can work together to achieve them.
D’Arcy Reynolds, MA<br>
Composer commissions and awards
Ms. Reynolds is an award-winning composer, pianist and music educator in based in Marin County. Her
compositions are influenced by jazz, African, and North Indian music, while being grounded in the traditional Classical forms. She toured South Africa with the Sontonga Quartet in 2005, and was featured in the DVD ‘Inner Landscape’ filmed in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa at Helene Martin’s Owl House.
She has received commissions from the American Composers Forum, Noe Valley Chamber Music, Adesso, and Tessa Brinckman & the East/West Continuo, and has received grants and awards from the ASCAP, USIA, the American Music Center, and Meet the Composer. Her CD the Past Keeps Changing was awarded the Music Now Recording Grant in 2000.
Numerous ensembles, including the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Ariel String Quartet, Chamberlain String Quartet, Adesso, and New Music Works have performed her chamber music. Her work has been represented at several new music festivals, including the Festival of New American Music at California State University at Sacramento, the Nevada County Composers’ Coalition New Music Festivals, Derriere Guard Festival, and Music in the Mountains in Nevada City.
Performances in Northern California include Noe Valley Ministry, Mills College, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory, CETA Symphony, Brava! for Women in the Arts, SF Composers Forum, Berkeley Store Gallery, and other venues in Europe, South Africa, and Northern California.
Education and mentors
In addition to her work as a composer and pianist, Ms. Reynolds studies North Indian Raga Music with Terry Riley.
Reynolds earned a B.A. in piano performance with honors and an M.A. in musical composition from Mills College. She studied piano with Bernhard Abramowitch, Julian White, Paul Hersh, and Katrina Krimsky, and composition with Terry Riley and Charles Shere.
Her music is published and recorded by Dharma Gate Music, Capstone Records, North Pacific Music, and New Music Publications and Recordings.