Ethan Foote


Ethan Foote is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger working in jazz, the Western classical tradition, folk, rock, and genres in between. He writes and performs in many contexts, including theatre and interdisciplinary art. Rooted in the DC music scene, he has taken the stage at many of the area’s notable venues, including the Mansion at Strathmore, where he was an artist-in-residence in 2016-2017. He received a Master of Fine Arts in music composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2020. Ethan teaches double bass, bass guitar, cello, acoustic guitar, and piano.

All lessons are currently offered ONLINE only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 17, 2021
with Ethan Foote Wednesdays, February 17th – March 10th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM What, exactly, is arranging? How is it different from composing? From production? And why should songwriters care about it? In short, because it offers a means of making songs more powerful. Before getting into strings and horns and all that fun stuff, we’ll start from the idea that arranging is simply how we choose to convey existing musical material, and that the first step in arranging is getting to know our own work better. We’ll explore our own songs alongside arrangements we know and love, with an ear toward, among other things, instrumentation, harmonization, and structure, and we’ll come away with tools for enhancing our music–whether...