Composition, Music Theory, Piano
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I am a retired teacher city of New York taught middle school high school and elementary levels Jazz performing groups was a community coordinator East Harlem among my duties broad in professional musicians to perform for student assemblies.taught 4 years afterschool music program for the St Albans churches Queens New York studied as a teenager Metropolitan music school Jamaica High School music major program upon graduating High School went to the Julliard school of music drafted into Military service and resume my music education study at New York College of Music 4 Years and onward to New York University for degrees in Music Education.
My Musical Education Background
my music education started in a high school where i was placed in a selected program I had the opportunity to play several instruments.Clarinet Saxaphone, trumpet. and marching drums.The course of study included Keyboard Harmony and composition. I attended the Juilliard school of music and studied the literature of music and piano sightreading before going into military service. After my release I went to the New York College of Music where I studied composition Piano and Music education which led to a BM music degree I attended New York University for Graduate studies sudying Jazz Piano with Jaki Byard George Russel Jazz composition Sam KanterElectronic Keyboards Studied classical piano and Sight Reading with Ida Elkan
Genres and Subjects Taught
I teach Children adults and senior citzens all levels Music Reading Jazz Impro , Pop music and Gospel .Having fun with music and beingsupportive of my students is where I am coming from. I tailor my lessons directly to what students are looking for keeping things simple and logical, For students interested in writing I teach Jazz Theory and composition.
My lesson rates are $40.00 per hour
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I teach beginners to advance. I teach children from the ages of 8 and up. I also travel to students homes if requested.also teach Jazz Impro compositon Harmony using voice leading arranging Piano in the style of Bill Evans and other contemporary keyboard players however for these lessons you should be a intermediate player with knowledge of basic Jazz Chords some reading etc
My Certifications and Awards
I received the Marion Bauer award Music Composition Various community awards I received awards for my work with the award winning Jackie Robinson Jazz Band St Albans Queens New York and a Teacher of the Year Award District 29 Queens
My Musical Influences
My Musical Influences Chopin, Bach.Duke ellington and my students
I was taught clarinet and then trumpet by Mr Lombard over 40 years ago at P.S. 83 elementary school in NYC. He thought I had a great deal of promise and during the summer I took private lessons in which I got into more advanced music. At the time Michael Jackson. Because of his influence on me I continued to play at I.S. 29. There we performed Latin music like Santana's Oye Como Va. Unfortunately I moved to Florida as a youngster and the music we performed was big band music and lost my interest. Wish I had not given up. I then made sure my daughters played piano, both played competitively. Til this day I still love music with a passion! At 59 just made contact with my daughters teacher and am planning on picking trumpet back up as I still own one or possibly piano. I made a big impression on my life. Anyone would be lucky to have him as a teacher.