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BS Music Theory and Composition; Hofstra University
MA Music Theory; Aaron Copeland School of Music/ Brooklyn Conservatory
I&H Sachs Award for Academic Excellence in Music, Hofstra University 1988-89 Upperclass Award, Hofstra University 1987-88-89-90
Academic Scholarship, 2018-2019 Aaron Copeland School of Music/Brooklyn Conservatory
I began playing by ear at age 5. I have perfect pitch and was able to play songs I heard after one hearing by age 6. I made my first record at age 16 and began to perform professionally. I attended Hofstra University and received a BS in Music Theory and Composition. I current am an MA candidate at Queens College Aaron Copeland Scool of Music. I have very effective teaching techniques and methods that yield results. I set my students up for success every week and I have had tremendous results with it.
My Teaching experience began in High School when people would ask me to teach them after they heard me play. In order to teach my students more effectively, I decided to study classically at that time and studied with Morton Estrin, (Billy Joel's Piano Teacher) and Ross Barentine, a celebrated conductor. While they each had drastically different styles of teaching and playing, I was able to take the best from both and create a method of teaching that will give my student the technical ability to play advanced pieces while helping them to become well-rounded music artists.
Simply put, my methods are based on classical methods involving very specific exercises, as well as carefully chosen pieces that will be an important part of their repertoire as well as exhibit a specific technique I want them to master. I customize my lessons for each student and break down in minute detail exactly what I want them to achieve on the piano daily. Generally speaking, I want a student to spend 1/4 of his/her practice time on exercises, the rest should be spent on the assigned piece. Exercises build technique, strength, and confidence. This is achieved through mastering scales, arpeggios, and finger independence, repertoire will give them musical vocabulary and broaden them as musicians.
My goal is to create an artist. I know many people who have incredible technique, but the music sounds lifeless. I create a fun, warm environment where my students don't dread lesson time and practice because I have given them daily manageable tasks. There would be nothing more satisfying to me than one of my students surpassing me. During a lesson, I focus on their technique, what is good and what needs a little more refining. I will play to exhibit a technique and work with the student until they have satisfactorily completed it on their own. I will then assign a piece that uses that technique.
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