Acclaimed as an outstanding educator, Mr. English has served on the faculties of Sam Houston State University, Houston Community College, San Jacinto College and Texas Tech University.  He has lectured extensively on jazz theory and techniques for improvisation in modern music and he has been a frequent guest artist and speaker at schools and music seminars.

Mr. English is an alumnus of The University of Miami and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (B.M., M.M.), where he studied composition with the late Dr. Paul Cooper.

Teaching Experience

Countermeasures, Founder (School for Intensive Music Studies) 2010-present
• Advanced Tonal Analysis
• Tonal Counterpoint
• Improvisation


Texas Tech University, Director of Jazz Studies Interim 2008-09
• Jazz Ensemble
• Jazz Combo
• Jazz Improvisation
• Private Studies


Sam Houston State University, Adjunct Faculty 2001-04
• Theory
• Musicianship
• Music Fundamentals
• Class Piano
• Jazz Ensemble
• Jazz Improvisation


Houston Community College, Adjunct Faculty 1985-86, 2001-05
• MIDI Technology
• Scoring for Video
• Introduction to Synthesizers and Electronic Music
• Jazz Piano
• Music Composition


Texas Tech University, Artist in Residence 1999-2000
• Jazz Piano and Improvisation
• Jazz Combo


San Jacinto College, Faculty 1995-98
• Piano
• Theory
• Aural Skills
• Jazz Theory & Improvisation
• Jazz Ensemble


Rice University, Teaching Assistant 1985-89
• Aural Skills


Private Studies 1970-present
• Composition

• Arranging

• Orchestration

• Traditional Theory

• Jazz Theory

• Improvisation

• Jazz Piano

• Trumpet

Private Studies

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Academic Preparation

Master of Music Composition - Shepherd School of Music, Rice University 1989

Bachelor of Music Composition, magna cum laude, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University 1989

University of Houston, music studies 1977, 1979

University of Miami, music studies 1969-71

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