Teaching

Howard Frazin has been a music educator for more than 30 years, holding composition faculty positions at the New England Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, and Northeastern University, where he has taught composers in graduate, undergraduate, and preparatory programs. He teaches in both lesson and seminar settings, and has maintained a private composition studio in the Boston area since 1991.

Mr. Frazin has been affiliated with Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero research music group, and during his 18-year tenure at the Longy School of Music, restructured the Preparatory Studies solfège and theory program, and similarly reorganized the solfège curriculum and developed a teacher training program for the Suzuki School of Newton. He also founded and directed Longy’s Preparatory School composition department. At Longy, in addition to teaching many undergraduate and graduate courses, he founded and taught the composition for performers class for graduate students, and at the New England Conservatory he founded and directed the Composer-Performer-Repertory (CPR) Ensemble. He is currently director of chamber music at Roxbury Latin School.

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Teaching Experience

    • Private Composition Studio
      Somerville, MA
      (1991–present)
    • Roxbury Latin School
      Director of Chamber Music
      (2012–present)
    • New England Conservatory
      Preparatory School and Continuing Education Composition Faculty
      (2010–present)
    • Northeastern University
      Adjunct Composition Faculty
      (2008–2011)
    • Longy School of Music
      Graduate, Undergraduate, and Preparatory Composition Faculty
      (1991–2009)
      Studio incorporated private lessons and regular group meetings focused on intensive year-long composer/performer collaborations.
      Designed and taught Composition for Performers.
      Founded and directed Young Performers Composition Program.
      Redesigned Young Performers Theory/Solfège curriculum.
    • Powers Music School
      Composition and Theory Faculty (1993–1996)
    • New England Conservatory
      Theory Department Assistant
      Solfège/Keyboard Harmony Teaching Assistant
      (1987-1989)

Masterclass Teaching

  • Amherst College (2019)
  • New England Conservatory (2019)
  • Tufts University (2005, 2010, 2017, 2019)
  • Bowdoin College (2015)
  • Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival (2015)
  • Bard College Conservatory (2014)
  • Song Source Festival (2014)
  • Southern Methodist University (2010)
  • University of Texas at Dallas (2010)
  • Tufts University (2005 and 2010)
  • Rivers School Conservatory (2010 and 2013)
  • University of Miami Frost Music School (2010)
  • Longy School of Music (1996–2009)
  • Emmanuel College (2009)
  • California State University Fresno (2006 and 2009)
  • California State University Summer Arts (2008)
  • Columbia University (2007)
  • Yellow Barn Summer Music Festival (1999, 2005, and 2006)
  • Manhattanville College (2006)

Students Have Continued on To

  • The Juilliard School
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard University (Graduate Program in Music)
  • Yale University
  • Yale School of Music
  • Columbia University
  • New England Conservatory
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Mannes School of Music
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • The Royal College of Music, London
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Hart School of Music
  • Bard College Conservatory of Music
  • Lawrence University Conservatory
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Tufts University (Graduate Program in Music)
  • Indiana University School of Music
  • Rice University Shepherd School of Music
  • University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • University of California, Berkeley (Graduate Program in Music)
  • Boston University School of Music
  • University of Miami Frost School of Music