Timothy Updegraph

Tim teaches:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Music Production
  • Songwriting
  • Ukulele
  • Beginner Banjo
  • Music Theory

Bio wrote by Tim:

It all started when I was about 13 years old and picked up a guitar for the first time. I proceeded to take private lessons and eventually pick up more instruments as the years went on. I also got my first copy of Pro Tools around this time period and began fiddling around with recording. The first song I ever wrote and recorded is still on soundcloud today titled “Lost in My Mind”. While in high school I participated in local gigs in my hometown, performing at school in band, choir, marching band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble. I realized I needed to learn more so when my junior year of high school rolled around I enrolled in GST BOCES (A vocational school local to the Elmira, New York area, BOCES is a program you attend for half of the day of your junior and senior years allowing you to earn another degree.) I enrolled in the Audio/Media class, this class covered both audio production for radio and music, as well as video production. While at GST BOCES, I was able to compete in an organization known as SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA allows students from all over the state and country to compete in their chosen career paths. In the year 2015, myself along with another student, were able to compete in the audio production category at the state level. We took home second place in New York State. I used the knowledge I had gained to create a guided audio tour of Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, New York for my Eagle Scout project. The following year, 2016, we returned to SkillsUSA, this time competing in the video production category. We were able to bring home first place in the state of New York, this allowed us to compete in nationals for video production. After my high school career ended, I knew I didn’t want to stop learning about audio or video. So, I decided to enroll in the Music Recording Technology program at Finger Lakes Community College, later adding a dual major of Music. I took lessons at FLCC in: classical and jazz piano, classical and jazz voice, and jazz guitar. I participated in many groups such as jazz band, choir, open mics, and our Woodstock themed concert at FLCC. I completed many projects while at FLCC, and for my final project I recorded a full length EP for a singer-songwriter. I was president of FLCC’s Audio Engineering Society chapter during my final year. Through this role, I was able to help facilitate our chapters trip to NYC to attend the AES Convention. I was also a studio musician, music theory tutor, and studio tutor for FLCC’s music program. After, I graduated with honors and a dual major from FLCC. I have tutored and taught music for years and it has always come naturally. My style is catered to each specific person, and I get along with just about anyone. I still write play and record my own music as well.