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ESP Biography



VISHESH GUPTA, ESP Teacher




Major: CS/Human Systems

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Past Classes

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A7073: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions. Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation! You'll be able to write yourself a hit song at the end of this class :)


A7074: Harmony Hacks in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
Tired of the same old 4-chord songs? We're going to discuss the following tools to spice up your chord changes -- color chords and related scales -- chord substitutions -- changing the cadence -- modulating keys -- going modal -- and more! Everything is subjective so come prepared make your own judgements, and expand your ears! I'll not be talking at you - we'll be holding a group discussion about these ideas. If you'd like (it's optional) you can bring: - a song you like that you'd like to add color to - a song you like that you want to analyze/reharmonize together - cool ideas for tonality you've heard about somewhere - or anything else you feel is relevant. I'll also leave the last half of class open for you to bring up your own ideas so we can discuss them openly together. I also have many resources to share with you at the end of class so you can continue exploring!


A6718: Harmony Hacks in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Tired of the same old 4-chord songs? We're going to discuss the following tools to spice up your chord changes -- color chords and related scales -- chord substitutions -- changing the cadence -- modulating keys -- going modal -- and more! Everything is subjective so come prepared make your own judgements, and expand your ears! I'll not be talking at you - we'll be holding a group discussion about these ideas. If you'd like (it's optional) you can bring: - a song you like that you'd like to add color to - a song you like that you want to analyze/reharmonize together - cool ideas for tonality you've heard about somewhere - or anything else you feel is relevant. I'll also leave the last half of class open for you to bring up your own ideas so we can discuss them openly together. I also have many resources to share with you at the end of class so you can continue exploring!


A6720: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions. Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation! You'll be able to write yourself a hit song at the end of this class :)


V4943: Dance of the Overtones in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Have you ever wondered why music works the way it does? We'll build the ideas of consonance (sounding good) and dissonance (sounding bad) from scratch, starting with the properties of a vibrating string! Then we'll extend our ideas to the major scale/chord, with a focus on WHY these particular musical constructs sound the way they do.


V4944: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions. Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation! You'll be able to write yourself a hit song at the end of this class :)


V4945: Harmony Hacks in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
Tired of the same old 4-chord songs? We're going to discuss the following tools to spice up your chord changes -- color chords and related scales -- chord substitutions -- changing the cadence -- modulating keys -- going modal Everything here is going to be completely opinion-based so come prepared to learn some new ideas and make your own judgements as to what sounds good or bad! I'm just going to be presenting some ideas and you can mess around with them yourself. I'll also leave the last half of class open for you to bring up your own ideas and we can discuss them openly together.


V4488: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions. Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation! You'll be able to write yourself a hit song at the end of this class :)


V4492: Dance of the Overtones in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Have you ever wondered why music works the way it does? We'll build the ideas of consonance (sounding good) and dissonance (sounding bad) from scratch, starting with the properties of a vibrating string! Then we'll extend our ideas to the major scale/chord, with a focus on WHY these particular musical constructs sound the way they do.


V4721: Raag and Taal: Introduction to Indian Classical Music in Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 07 - 08, 2015)
Have you ever seen an Indian music performance with crazy vocals and rhythms? Want to learn more about hand drums or sitars, and experience an ancient classical music tradition? Join us as we explore the fundamentals of Hindustani classical music - traditional music from the northern part of India! We will learn about music appreciation, the musical format, and many musical instruments. We'll even spend some time singing and listening to live demos in class!


V3779: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions! Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation!


V3571: Introduction to Indian Classical Music in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
Do you learn a musical instrument? Or do you just have that itch for learning about different forms of music? Then come learn about Indian classical music. We will cover characteristics of the two main forms of Indian classical music and compare and contrast them to each other and Western classical music! Purpose is not to learn Indian music, but to develop an appreciation for it.


V3176: Taylor Swift, meet Bach in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
What do Taylor Swift and Bach have in common? In this class we will investigate the underpinnings of music, starting with notes, intervals, and moving up to chords and chord progressions! Then we will look at famous old composers and compare their music to the modern generation!