Composition, Piano

Composition Levels: Ages 8 to High School, Beginner to Early Advanced
Piano Levels: Ages 6 to 10, Beginners

Bachelor of Music in Composition, University of Texas at San Antonio
Master of Music in Composition, California State University- Long Beach

Teaching Philosophy

Edna wishes to provide to her students the tools and knowledge to become a great musician. Edna strives to inculcate the passion for learning in her students. For composition lessons, her priority is to focus on the strengths and interests of each individual student while sharing new techniques and ideas they could use in their music. Edna’s goal is to help composition students who are interested in pursuing a professional career as a composer be prepared and equipped for that level. In addition, Ms. Longoria will provide recital opportunities so the students can experience their new compositions performed live. Ms. Longoria will also offer beginner piano lessons in order to provide a good piano foundation to her students that will help them be ready for the next level.

Biography

Edna Alejandra Longoria obtained a Masters Degree in Music Composition at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University in Long Beach, and a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has had the privilege of studying piano with Dr. Kasandra Keeling, and composition with Dr. Alan Shockley, Dr. Carolyn Bremer, Dr. Adriana Verdie, Perry LaMarca, James Syler, Dr. James Balentine, and Dr. David Heuser. During her Masters program, Edna was awarded the “Lindsey III Achievement Scholarship Award for Outstanding Achievement and Promises in Composition in 2014.” Edna also received a Music Performance Scholarship in 2013. During her undergraduate career, Edna was the recipient of the prestigious Presser Scholarship Award in 2012, the Reed Holmes Composition Scholarship in 2011, and the Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation Award in 2011. Edna’s music participated in a workshop with the highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet, and has been premiered by various ensembles and musicians such as the North/South Consonance Ensemble, Verdant Vibes ensemble, Chatter ensemble, Elixir Piano Trio, Vicki Ray and Eric Clark from the E.A.R Unit, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, flutist Iwona Glinka, and soprano Noel Archambeault. Edna’s music has been premiered in the US, Mexico, and Europe. Edna enjoys incorporating her Latin roots into her music and mixing it with contemporary techniques.

Besides concert music, Edna enjoys composing for film and other forms of media. Edna’s music scores have been featured in several film festivals such as: New Hope Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, Oceanside Film Festival, San Diego Film Week, IDYLLWild International Festival of Cinema, International Women’s Film Festival, Las Vegas Action On Film International Film Festival, Indiana Short Film Festival, Big Bear Film Festival, Corto Creativo Film Festival, among others.