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CW Post College, Long Island University, Music Composition and Performance New York University, Computer Technology
Toured internationally with several well known performers and shows.
I am a very experienced music teacher. I teach all ages and teach and play all styles. In addition to teaching reading and conventional piano, I teach what most music teacher's don't - improvisation and playing by ear. This is not music that came from a printed page - it relies on the students ears and creativity. I believe without both aspects of learning - traditional music theory, reading and training, plus learning how to play from your heart and soul, and by ear - one is not a complete musician. I do not teach by one standard method. All students are unique and have different ways of learning and different interests. I am also an active performer playing every type of music. Lessons will be fun - especially if the student practices.
I've taught music, when my schedule has allowed, for more than 40 years. I've always enjoyed teaching. I feel that there is an implicit obligation to pass musical knowledge on to others. I have a lot to give to my students from my experience both in music and in life. I am comfortable teaching any musical style or genre. I have played professionally with all types of acts from old time country to current pop and hip hop.
I teach to the student's wants, desires, abilities, time and goals. I understand that some people want to just download chords of their favorite classic rock songs from the internet, and play them as quickly as possible, without learning to read and write music. Another student is interested in studying music theory, classical music's greatest hits, and how to read and write music. Obviously, it would be absurd to try to teach these two students with the same method. However there are good methods to teach both of these students. The key to learning any musical instrument is practice. If the student doesn't practice, they will not improve very much. Just like anything else in life... what you get back equals what you put in.
As I previously mentioned I believe that every student is unique in how they learn, their musical goals, the time they have to devote to music, etc. Having the luxury of teaching one to one enables me to teach the individual. In addition to teaching conventional music theory, reading, writing, et al, I also teach improvisation and playing by ear. I've known pianists who are incredible technicians - they can play any piece of music put in front of them perfectly. Amazing! However, bring them to a Blues Jam and they're lost. Without wtitten music they don't know what to play. My students will never have this problem. They will be good music readers who understand improvisation and how to use their ears. I also feel great personal satisfaction and accomplishment, with my students progress and successes. It is wonderful to take a student from "Where are all the C's on the piano?", to playing Mozart, Beethoven, John Legend, or Pharrell Williams, within 6 months!
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