Music Without Walls

Music Without Walls

5.0 (2)
2 hires on
1 employee

About this pro

I'm an award winning composer, pianist, conductor, with extensive experience performing and teaching many many kinds of music. I can teach you how to play your favorite music, and make that process engaging, fun and rewarding. 

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San Francisco, CA 94131
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  • Anne Price

    Jack is brilliant! Working through a song that I loved, we identified what I knew, what I wanted to know, and what I didn't even know I wanted to know. I wanted motivation to keep working on music and someone with a LOT of knowledge to teach me and how I could grow and get better. Jack provided that and I appreciate his teaching style and enthusiasm. I would recommend to any student who wants to learn not just about piano but about what makes great music beautiful and great musicians inspirational.

  • Andrea Chenoweth Wells

    Jack is a wonderful composer and a generous collaborator.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

What's your favorite music? What do you want to accomplish? How can I help you get there? Those are the key quesitons. I focus lessons around the music a student really loves, building learning through that music. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Doctorate, Music Composition (Yale School of Music)

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How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching my friends in High School, I was the sort of music nerd. I'd teach them how to play their favorite music by listening, breaking it down, communicating it, building it up. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, from 4 years old to retirees. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We visited St. Mary's Church in NYC, where I used yto play the organ for services. We were surprised they were hosting a sofar event there - an impromptu concert. I was there with my wife and daughter; it was a beautiful way to revisit a place from eariler in my life, and think about how things both change and stay the same, and how music remains so important in everyone's lives. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher you connect with, and who will work from music you care about, as opposed to a rigid pedagogical system.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Just two - what's your favorite music ( a few songs) and what would you like to be able to do, musically, in say, six to eight months.