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Andy Wasserman Personalized Piano Lessons

Chester, NJ 07930 (map)


Lessons Offered

Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

PERSONALIZED PRIVATE LESSONS IN YOUR HOME (Chester, New Jersey 07930 area and surrounding vicinity) and CUSTOMIZED MUSIC LESSONS ONLINE for students around the world via video chat.

Professional musician Andy Wasserman designs and achieves an exciting, engaging and enjoyable course of study to meet each student's individual requirements. You study YOUR favorite songs and preferred styles, and receive customized sheet music arrangements along with video and audio practice tools best suited for your age and level. You learn quickly and get the results you're looking for from a qualified and experienced piano teacher.

Beginner to advanced PIANO: all styles - Pop, Classical, Jazz, Beginner Piano Lessons, Beginning To Intermediate Piano, Piano Lessons for Adults, Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation and Music Arranging, Music Harmony and Chords, Music Composition and Songwriting, Using Keyboards and Computers in Music Technology Production, George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.

Experienced in providing lessons tailored specifically for students with special needs.

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Pianist and native New Yorker Andy Wasserman draws on an astonishingly diverse range of experiences in the music industry. His original compositions, arrangements and instrumental performances on many recordings and soundtracks for TV, Radio and Film productions have appeared on the NBC, CBS and ABC networks, as well as Cable TV stations that include A & E, The Lifetime Network, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, TBS, Nickelodeon, The Turner Network, QVC and The Learning Channel. Internationally, his work has been heard on TV, film and radio produced around the world in countries that include Japan, Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and France.

Andy Wasserman has had nine CDs of his compositions, arrangements and performances released in the USA over the last 10 years on different labels. Titles include KINDRED SPIRITS (High Harmony Records), BEFORE WE ASK (Z-Pen Records), COOL JAZZ, UNIVERSAL BEAT (Alternate Mode Records), PEACEFUL PIANO CHRISTMAS, and BEAD SONGS (TransMedia Sound & Music).

His latest release “OVER TONES” features his new jazz ensemble THE 3C TRIO. Excerpt from a review published in The Alternative Press: "The 3C Trio’s 'Over Tones' is a superb CD that meets an extraordinarily high standard. The repertoire is exceptional; the interplay between pianist Andy Wasserman, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and percussionist Joe Licinski sensitive, complex, and sublime. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates thoughtful, intelligent musicianship!"

Additionally, his unique and sophisticated thematic solo piano work has been produced on special edition TV/Film Music Library CDs as composer, arranger and instrumentalist, distributed around the world by both the Pyramid Music Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 1) and the TWI North American Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 2) through licensing deals with Premier Radio Network.

Wasserman's publishing company Andrew Roy Music has a current catalog of 35 of his original compositions that have been recorded and released for worldwide distribution. BMI maintains a catalog of 73 published works with Wasserman as songwriter & composer. Wasserman entered into Digital Distribution beginning in June 2007 with licensing to Apple iTunes, E-Music, Amazon.com, Spotify, BeatsMusic, GreatIndieMusic, PayPlay, CD Baby, Tradebit, BuyMusic, and SNOCAP.

Wasserman's production studio and Indie record label TransMedia Sound & Music is his main vehicle for production assignments, from in-house scores and digital editing & mastering to multimedia content development. Corporate clients since 1987 have included AT&T, IBM, Panasonic, Mastercard, Sanofi-Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Prentice-Hall, The Mayo Clinic, Castrol Motor Oil, Altered Image, Time-Life Music, Digital Cable Radio, New York Communications and Prime Productions. He is co-creator of the world music Beat of the Blue Planet interactive CD-ROM, a ground-breaking 1995 disc produced for the music software company Opcode Interactive, and has been working with the therapeutic and healing modalities of music in private and public forums since 1974.

My Musical Education Background

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SUMMARY
Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
Studied abroad at University and L'Academie des Musique in Sion, Switzerland.
Graduate studies in Music Therapy at New York University.
Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan.
Mentored through intensive, long-term private study by:
Dwike Mitchell (Mitchell-Ruff Duo) - piano
George Russell - Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (Theory/Composition)
Jeannette Giguere - classical piano
Anne Bacon Dodge - classical and jazz piano
Papa Ladji Camara - jembe (West African drumming)

Genres and Subjects Taught

In-depth, detailed information, photos, music tracks to listen to and videos to watch of my work can be viewed by visiting my professional music website at ANDYWASSERMAN.COM, and my ONLINE MUSIC LESSON VIA VIDEO CHAT website PIANOLESSONCITY.COM


MUSIC STYLES AND GENRES
American Songbook, Big Band, Bossa Nova, Broadway, Classical Repertoire, Adult Contemporary, Disney, Film Music, TV Music, Video Game Music, Fusion, Jazz, Musical Theater, New Age, Oldies, Pop, Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, R&B, Show Tunes, Soul, World Music, Worship Music

CHOOSE WHICH PIANO SUBJECTS YOU WANT TO WORK ON: Beginner to advanced PIANO: all styles - Pop, Classical, Jazz, Beginner Piano Lessons, Beginning To Intermediate Piano, Piano Lessons for Adults, Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation and Music Arranging, Music Harmony and Chords, Music Composition and Songwriting, Using Keyboards and Computers in Music Technology Production, George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

SERVICES OFFERED:
Private Lessons in your home and for homeschool populations
Composing
Performing
Special Events
Recording
Video & Online Lessons

Lesson Rates

Please contact me to set up a no-obligation, free-of-charge "meet and greet" interview and sample lesson for my IN HOME and HOMESCHOOL lessons. At that time we can discuss the many options for tuition rates such as: your location, one student or multiple students in the family, lesson time length, etc. Some scholarship discounts are awarded for highly motivated and dedicated students with need for financial aid.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All Ages - children through adult, All Skill Levels, Young first-time student, Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced-Intermediate, Advanced; Homeschoolers, as well as students with whom music lessons help as a form of music therapy (holistic music healing) for learning disabled, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and Autism.

My Certifications and Awards

TEACHING BACKGROUND SUMMARY
Private music teacher and mentor for 35 years; 2016 roster of 20 - 30 students per week in person and online SKYPE lessons.
Visiting artist giving master classes at Universities, Colleges and Festivals throughout the United States.
Presenting master classes, workshops, teacher-training and performing concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 2000 schools, working with K-12 grade students and teachers since 1979.
Certified Instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization; providing lessons and seminars since 1982.

Visiting artist teacher and guest performing artist at Berklee College of Music, North Texas State University, Delmar College - Corpus Cristi, TX, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Georgia, Jersey City State College, and at the Percussive Arts Society International annual conferences in Nashville (1996) and Los Angeles (1997).

My Musical Influences

CLASSICAL COMPOSERS: J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev

JAZZ PIANO INNOVATORS: Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, McCoy Tyner, Dwike Mitchell, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, George Russell, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Nat "King" Cole, George Shearing, Monte Alexander

JAZZ ORGANISTS: Shirley Scott, Larry Goldings

JAZZ LEGENDS: John Coltrane, Miles Davis

POP and R&B ARTISTS: Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Vince Guaraldi, Take 6

BLUES and BOOGIE WOOGIE LEGENDS: Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis

BROADWAY COMPOSERS: Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin

CLASSICAL PIANISTS: Olga Kern, Angela Hewitt, Idil Biret, Vladimir Horowitz, Alicia de Larrocha, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Krystian Zimerman, Ivan Moravec, Glenn Gould,

JAZZ ROCK FUSION: Tribal Tech, Dirty Loops, YellowJackets

THE 21st CENTURY NEW GENERATION: Jacob Collier, Eddie Brown, Quennel Gaskin, Doobie Powell, Cory Henry, Bubby Fann

DRUMMERS: Papa Ladji Camara, Elvin Jones, Idris Muhammad, Tony Williams, Bill Stewart


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Student Reviews




Glen Gardner, NJ

I began studying piano with Andy Wasserman a little more than a year ago, as a beginning (56-year-old) student. Learning the piano as an adult is a special challenge, yet Andy has shown unending patience and flexibility in his teaching. He crafts his lessons around my musical interests and enables me to progress at my own pace, always encouraging but never placing undue demands or expectations on me. As a teacher he invokes his long musical career and his own virtuosity on the piano in ways that enhance my understanding of piano history, styles, and technique. He also weaves in plenty of music theory, tying theory to practice in a way that makes his lessons more holistic and accessible. Andy is a wonderful conversationalist and storyteller, and our discussions have ranged far and wide, and often far beyond music. He's a consummate artist, dedicated both to his craft and to his students, and his passion for the piano is infectious. Andy is always punctual for our lessons and he's always flexible whenever I need to reschedule a lesson due to work or travel obligations. I highly recommend Andy as a piano teacher, and I'd be happy to talk further about Andy's teaching style with any prospective student or parent.




Chester, NJ

Mr. Wasserman is an outstanding piano teacher and role model. I have been journeying through the music world for about 5 years, and all I can say are good things! He always carries with him a smile planted on his face, and a joyous attitude that has made a difference in each and every one of my lessons. His never-ending patience never ceases to amaze me, and his passion and talent for the piano and other instruments definitely inspire me. He finds a way to explain every little thing that I may be uncertain about, no matter what. He provides a wide variety of options for me, which makes the lesson more enjoyable and personalized. He can make anyone laugh with his great jokes, and takes our minds off of the troubles of reality. I always look forward to my lesson after a long day at school, or just a normal day. He is able to allow student's to just relax and enjoy the lesson and learn something from it, something that is very much needed sometimes. He is simply a master musician, and a wonderful teacher!




Chester, NJ

Andy Wasserman is not only a consummate musician, but an intuitive individual who possesses a variety of wisdoms that combine for an exceptional learning experience for each of his music students. Our 15 year-old, Emily, has been studying piano with Mr. Wasserman for 15 months. Emily had studied piano from age 6 to 8 with a different instructor, but did not want to continue with piano lessons. At the age of 14, Emily wished to return to piano study. We were very fortunate to learn about Andy’s holistic and individualized instructional talents through mutual friends. The growth in Emily’s piano ability and her love to spend time at the piano over the last 15 months has been very significant, very remarkable. Emily is playing complex classical pieces by Beethoven and Chopin, experimenting with jazz chord progressions and melodies, and composing pieces of her own. Mr. Wasserman is very generous in locating and providing given pop or Broadway sheet music for Emily so that she is able to explore pieces within her own personal interests. Everyday we observe and marvel at the joy that Emily derives from “her music,” across many genres, as a result of Andy’s influence in her piano study. The accelerated progression in piano ability and personal growth that Emily has enjoyed is attributable to Andy’s unique and effective approach to music instruction and his love for his calling in life, to awaken within individuals the mindful and soulful benefits that music brings to each of us, its qualities that unite us. I studied piano formally for 17 years and continue to play actively. Day to day, I’m amazed at how far Emily progresses with her confidence and desire to learn more and enjoy more within music. Week to week, I hear the amazing connections that Andy makes between music genres (classical, jazz, pop, Broadway). We are grateful for the way he customizes his instruction to each student’s interest and ability, and we’re thankful for the mentorship that he extends to his students through his personal philosophy and music pedagogy. It’s wonderful to hear Emily play solo, but an added blessing to hear her play duets with her instructor. I’m grateful to share in Emily’s study and play duets with her in between lessons. As an in-home instructor, we appreciate Andy’s timeliness, his reliability, and his flexibility when schedules “collide”. We feel that we receive a tremendous value for our tuition in that Andy provides customized music materials which have created a wonderful repertoire of musical pieces that a student can visit as much as he or she wishes. It’s an honor for us to esteem and endorse Mr. Wasserman as a truly unique and beloved music instructor.




Chester, NJ

For about six years now I have daily devoted my time to initially learning, now understanding the piano and by far, my last three years with this instrument have best due to the caring and patient teacher I have had- Mr. Wasserman. Every lesson always puts a smile on my face and allows me to distract my mind from the burdens of daily life and completely submerge myself in the music. The constant jokes that are shared have come to encompass my 45 minutes of lesson and have made it one of the parts of my days that I eagerly look forward to. During my lessons, I am able to not only continue in my study of music but I am also able to share my current academic or social endeavors, as Mr. Wasserman not only enriches the musical aspect of my mind but also the personal aspect. My favorite thing about taking lessons with Mr. Wasserman is his patience and lenience in allowing me and other students to construct a unique learning structure through being able to choose from any classical, jazz, pop, etc, and also having the privilege to incorporate other instruments and means of technology to enhance the pieces. Ultimately allowing me to possess genuine pride and pleasure in learning the piano.


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