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I graduated in 2006 from the AMR professional jazz school and obtained a degree in music teaching from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve 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.

Approach

My approach to teaching is to help each student discover areas needing improvement or areas not yet explored and use a combination of both creative and methodical methods 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 their goal.

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!

 

Rates

Prices per semester are based on a 20 lessons per semester basis. (this amount is subject to change depending on public school holidays)

Lessons at your home:

30min: $74 ($1’480 per semester)

45min: $83 ($1’660 per semester)

60min: $92 ($1’840 per semester)

Lessons at my Brooklyn studio:

30min: $65 ($1’300 per semester)

45min: $74 ($1’480 per semester)

60min: $83 ($1’660 per semester)
A recital fee of $35 per performer will be added to the semester amount.

 

Payments

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.

 

Studio Policies

Cancellations

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.

Makeup Lessons

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.

Expectations

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.

Recitals

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
January: 30th
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
January: 31st
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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