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Henry holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Composition from William Patterson College and has been playing and studying piano since he was a child. He has had a number of important teachers in the classical and jazz traditions.
Henry is an incredibly experienced piano instructor in northern New Jersey, working with students of all ages and skill levels.Henry is an active member of two bands: one is a progressive rock group where he writes original compositions, and the second is a Beatles tribute band that regularly plays in the area. He is currently working on and recording his third self-produced album.
Henry has been playing piano all his life, teaching privately for over ten years and has been working with Musika for six. He has also worked as the choir director at his church for eight years.
I typically use the Alfred books for young beginning students. In these books, children learn the geography of the keyboard and learn about the contours of musical notation and by the end are using both hands. For adults, as well as intermediate children and up, I prefer the Michael Aaron series for intermediate and beyond. For beginning adults I use the Aaron Musical Primer. I also use the Aaron Technic for advanced performers.
The way I teach is the way I was taught, using methods that were in place when I was a kid, some of these techniques date back to the 1800's. I believe in teaching scales, and also the Carl Czerny exercises and etudes, pieces that are designed to get beginners up to the advanced level.
Henry is very patient and professional. I'm an adult with zero knowledge of reading music but in 3 weeks I'm playing music without looking at my fingers. I feel like it's a miracle - I never thought I'd be able to learn to play piano @56! Henry is perfect for me and I highly recommend him.
Two years later, and I am still taking lessons with Henry. He is a wonderful teacher who knows so much about music and teaching. I have come so far, thank you for your guidance and patience!!!! Highly recommend Henry and Musika.
Henry is a wonderful teacher who is very knowledgeable about piano and music in general. It's great that Henry explains the reason why I'm learning a particular song or doing a particular technique in a simple to understand manner. Henry is able to push your tallents to their full potential and I would highly recommend him to anybody interested in learning music.
Excellent! Very patient with children.
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
He is patient, and shows interest in the student's success.
Henry is EXCELLENT!!!! Can't say enough good things about him.
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