Fortuitous Artists Music Lessons

Fortuitous Artists Music Lessons

5.0 (3)
1 employee
39 years in business

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Learned secrets of the great Classical pianists of the early 20th century like Emil Sauer and Alfred Cortot via the late great Detroit Symphony Orchestra pianist Mischa Kottler. Among these are relying on the strongest fingers, splitting notes across the hands, sight-reading techniques, and maintaining the maximum possible physical relaxation. 

For recitals, competitions, or exams, which are optional, I give students previously learned music to polish into expressive performance, rather than music at the edge of their ability as most teachers do. In this way my students build superior confidence in performance.

Also studied jazz piano in Detroit with the late great Matt Michaels, and played a variety of paid gigs with a combo while a college student. Given that I began improvising at the piano as soon as I began playing, I acquired excellent skills with various kinds of improvisation and eventually created award-winning compositions as well.

Have Ph.D., M.Mus, B.Mus., and Associate degrees, all in music.

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I love taking my students from wherever they are, and motivating them to grow as musicians as far as they wish to go!

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Boston, MA 02132
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  • Rachel King

    I was lucky to start my son with piano lessons from Dr. Harold Fortuin as a young child. He patiently guided him from the very beginning with both finger techniques and note reading, and later on added sight reading and music theory. He does very few boring exercises and primarily learns through new pieces, both from method books and from other sources. Before the pandemic he did 4-hands piano music from time to time, either with him or with another piano student, and he includes some pop and jazz along with the Classical. When he played in local competitions he often came home with prizes because he gave him music comfortable for his level, and prepared him to play with style as well as the basics. He is both an inspiring teacher and performer - thank you Dr. Harold!

  • Donald Becker

    It has been a pleasure hearing Dr. Fortuin's piano students year after year at the Suzuki Institute of Boston's holiday concerts, as they grew from beginners to expressive intermediate pianists playing Classical and holiday music (these including his own children who also learned violin from me). We have also been very happy to retain him as our Senior Staff Piano Accompanist for many years, given his excellent technical and musical skills accompanying both advanced and intermediate strings students. He is also great at improvisation, doing a number of fun things on the spot at concerts. Donald Becker, director Suzuki Institute of Boston

  • Louise-Marie Mennier

    I met Dr. Fortuin when his children attended my Music Together classes as babies to toddlers. I was always impressed with his enthusiastic participation in class and at home with them. After his kids aged out of the program, I appreciated how the family volunteered for our holiday concerts year after year, especially given how well Harold prepared them with all aspects of their performances of Classical and holiday music on piano and violin, viola, and cello, and how their skills grew so impressively over the years. Harold also provided excellent, often improvised accompaniment in any key and style for Music Together songs working from lead sheets and with our ensembles including voice, flute, guitar, and a sing-along audience. We look forward to resuming holiday concerts with their participation once the pandemic is over. I highly recommend Dr. Fortuin for music lessons. Louise-Marie Mennier, Director LouLou's Music Together


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

Student plays something they know well, and tells me about their background and experience, and their goals.

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

Decades of successful teaching experience. Studied educational psychology while earning my B.Mus. in piano. Judged youth piano competitions for years. Worked as teaching assistant and professor while earning M.Mus. and Ph.D. in music.

How did you get started teaching?

Began teaching piano in my home studio while earning my B.Mus. Then was selected to teach piano to underprivileged youth at the Weekend School of Music at Wayne State University.

What types of students have you worked with?

Piano, music theory, music composition: Child beginners from age 5 and up, adult beginners, intermediate students for Classical and jazz, and advanced Classical students. Also have taught undergraduate college music courses in these subjects.

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

Learning from a highly skilled, experienced teacher might cost more in dollars, but will repay itself many times over as to the results you get, and could even save you from bodily damage from practice - I know from experience.

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

Every adult or parent will have individual ideas as to this question. It is fine to just start taking lessons and see where it might lead!