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MM Five Towns College, Music Performance BM Five Towns College, Music Performance Private Studies Lennie Tristano Jazz Private Studies Sal Mosca Jazz Composition Studies Raoul Pleskow
2017 Best Jazz CD of 2017- Downbeat Magazine 2007-2009 Music Scholarship Five Towns College 1988-1992 Music Scholarship Five Towns College 1985 Fellowship Award National Endowment for the Arts 1983 Fellowship Award National Endowment for the Arts 1982 Fellowship Award National Endowment for the Arts
I am fortunate to have met, associated and studied with, performed and recorded with some of the greatest musical minds of the innovators of traditional modern jazz, and also a few of the eternally legendary classical musicians. I have two degrees in music but more important is the gift that I have been given to know these amazing people in my life. I've received three National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowships to pursue music in the direction of my choice. The love of music is a gift that should be shared.
I have been teaching private music lessons since I was 18 and my International travels and performances have given me the opportunity to conduct master classes at some of the prestigious musical academies across Europe. Music truly is international. Now more than ever global music is available instantly through the advent of smart phones and the internet, as well as music throughout history. Still, it is a gift to have a passion for music and each individual is given their own path that they must follow.
My teaching methods are essentially designed to give the student maximum command of his/her skills on their chosen instrument. First, all students must know the music essentials and the masters, especially on their instrument. Technique must be perfected by daily practice. I seek from every individual the highest level that they can attain to. No one knows exactly what that is but what is surprising and refreshing are the boundaries once thought impossible to accomplish have been broken.
I basically teach as I've been taught by the masters. There are musical essentials that must be mastered for every musician, with no exceptions. By completing one level of proficiency one moves on to the next level, and so on. Eventually students are able to grow to become masters themselves. This has always been the case throughout history, and in all fields for that matter. Never allow yourself to get bogged down by futility; there is always another way.
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