I graduated in 2006 from the AMR professional jazz school and obtained a degree in music teaching from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève that same year. I have been teaching since 2004 and teach students of all ages and levels. I graduated in 2011 with a Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the Queens College of New York where I studied with David Berkman, Antonio Hart and Michael Mossman, Johannes Weidenmüller and Howard Brofsky. Since then, I have been maintaining a private studio in New York City. I am also currently on the piano faculty of the Turtle Bay Music School (NYC) and the SummerKeys Music Camp (Lubec, Maine).
My approach to teaching is to help each student deepen their love for music and improve their musical abilities. My goal is to discover areas needing improvement or areas not yet explored and use a combination of both creative and methodical techniques to work on these areas. Here are some of the topics that I cover during the lessons:
- Posture at the piano and hand position
- Reading and writing music (rhythm, melody and harmony)
- Ear training
- Classical repertoire
- Discovering and developing the jazz repertoire
- Improvising over chord changes
- Developing improvising techniques
- Transcribing the music that the student likes and teaching them to play it
- Composing their own songs and playing them
- Expanding their knowledge of music through listening
During my years of teaching I realized that every student has a different way of learning. My aim is to help them progress until they get to the goal they will have set for themselves.
Although I expect the student to practice in a diciplined way, my teaching enables the student to progress with even limited practice time. My aim in teaching you or your child is to increase your love of music and help you progress so that you can have even more fun at the instrument, while playing with other people or listening to music!
Prices per semester are based on a 18 lessons per semester basis. (this amount is subject to change depending on public school holidays)
Lessons at your home:
30min: $74 ($1’332 per semester)
45min: $83 ($1’494 per semester)
60min: $92 ($1’656 per semester)
Lessons at my Brooklyn studio:
30min: $65 ($1’170 per semester)
45min: $74 ($1’332 per semester)
60min: $83 ($1’494 per semester)
A recital fee of $35 per performer will be added to the semester amount.
In order to promote consistency and steady progress, I ask that the whole semester be payed on the first lesson.
A payment plan is available by paying in three post-dated checks that will be deposited on the first lesson, November 4th and December 15th.
Students are eligible for up to 2 make up lessons each term for missed lessons when notice is given 24 hours or more in advance. In the case of illness, lessons cancelled by 10a.m. on the lesson day may be eligible for a make- up lesson. Non-illness cancellations of less than 24 hours are not eligible to be made up or reimbursed.
I understand that from time to time scheduling conflicts result in a student missing their weekly lesson. Students are allowed up to 2 makeup lessons per term for absences for which I has been notified in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate scheduling for a makeup session, however, it is the students’ responsibility to make sure they receive any eligible make up lessons as they are non-refundable and may not be transferred towards the following semester.
Students are expected to practice on a regular basis and be prepared for each lesson. Parents are expected to inforce a regular practicing routine on a weekly basis. For students younger that 8 years old, parents are expected to sit with their child and help them practice.
Students are held to take part in a recital at the end of each semester. The $35 recital fee will be payed at the first lesson.
2017 spring Semester Calendar
Mondays: 16 lessons
February: 6th, 13th
March: 6th, 13th, 20th 27th
April: 3srd, 24th
May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
June: 5th, 12th, 22nd
Holidays: February 20th (Mid-winter recess), April 10th and 17th (spring break)
Note: Classes will not take place on February 27th and March 6th (I’m out of town)
Tuesdays: 17 lessons
February: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
March: 7th, 14th, 21st 28th
April: 4th, 25th
May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23nd, 30th
June: 6th, 13th, 20th
Holidays: February 21st (Mid-winter recess), April 11th and 18th (spring break)
Note: Classes will not take place on February 28th (I’m out of town)
Wednesdays: 16 lessons
February: 1st, 8th
March: 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th
April: 5th, 26th
May: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
June: 7th, 14th, 21st
Holidays: February 22nd (Mid-winter recess), April 12th (spring break)
Note: Classes will not take place on February 15th, March 1st and April 19th(I’m out of town)
Thursdays: 16 lessons
February: 2nd, 9th
March: 9th, 16th, 23rd 30th
April: 6th, 27th
May: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
June: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Holidays: February 23rd (Mid-winter recess), April 13th (spring break)
Note: Classes will not take place on February 16th, March 2nd and April 20th(I’m out of town)
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