I am a composer, arranger, and tutor. I have been composing for the better part of 30 years. Among my compositions are numerous choral compositions, symphonies, a concerto for arpeggione, sonatas for arpeggione and for flute, and operatic works.
I believe Bach was right when he said that if you love music, and work hard at it, anyone can be a great musician.
I don't generally work with the standard textbooks, but have my own excersizes with which I teach my students to see more of the music theory for themselves. I believe that working together, we can mold a curriculum that works best for each individual student.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Depends on the student. My goals are to help the student define what he/she loves about music, and to help with finding the student's own expressive voice in the process of learning music.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in composition, the former from the Mannes College of Music in New York, the latter from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ. I have experience tutoring college students in central New Jersey in piano and music theory.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I generally charge $50 for a 50-minute lesson.
How did you get started teaching?
I started out as a bar mitzvah tutor for the son of a friend, and discovered that I enjoyed relating the religious instruction with my musical background and with the student's own interest in religious life.
What types of students have you worked with?
The age range of my students has been 12-35.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I have been working with a wind band director on producing a scene of an opera I am composing. There is nothing quite like hearing other people bring to performance a score that you've created. But perhaps a close second is performing a new work of someone else's. In recent years I have had the opportunity to do both, and to converse with other composers about their process in composing.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Give me a call and let me see if I can help you achieve your goals.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
The main question I would pose to a student is this: what do you want to be able to do? How well would you like to be able to understand the field?