A teacher of mine once said if you aim for perfection, you get to be pretty darn good. I like to start with a small amount of material that the student can play very well, and use that to refine the basics. By taking a thorough approach (and playing beautiful music), the entire world of piano and music will slowly and surely open up to the pupil.
In my opinion, tone production and rhythm are the major factors that distinguish a great pianist (and make playing the most satisfying), so this is the major focus of our work. I have a very thorough understanding of proper technique and can prescribe exercises that will strengthen one's weaknesses.
I also have a unique background in that I studied jazz improvisation and classical composition, so I understand the inner workings of the music and can improvise in the styles (jazz, classical, baroque, romantic).
Music is my passion and lifelong study, and I love being able to share that with others. It's a joy to help a student overcome their stumbling blocks and reach a new levels of passion and confidence in performance. I have a thorough understanding of music history, and love to introduce my students to the entire canon of western music.
David was so good I hired him 4 days a week. That's right 4 days a week. My daughter who was very advanced for her age needed someone who could relate to her and laugh with her - not just teach her in perfunctory manner. David could do it all. I loved that I could hear them laughing together. Yet, David was teaching her BACH - an advanced piece and then another - and she got a grounding as a young child that has made her what she is today. But, not only did he teach piano - he helped her with her school subjects - both English and Math. He was a good student growing up so, he knew how to assist her with her homework. My daughter was lucky to be able to move to England and is now a star at her school over there - both in piano and school subjects. David Lantz played a huge role in her devolopment - without question. He's an amazing individual...soft spoken yet, not without determination and will. He's super nice and respectful - and get's along with children (not unlike Mr. Rogers of PBS fame). I recommend him to anyone - but, he's got the "magic" that children are naturally attracted to. He's a great one.
Usually we will talk so I can get to know the student and their goals. Then I'd like to hear something so I can get a sense of their current level. Further to that, I like to start right away on some new music, something simple so we can work on sound, rhythm, and phrasing. From there we continue per the student's interest and expand our repertoire.
I graduated from the Juilliard School for jazz improvisation, and continue to study classically with master teacher William Daghlian. I've studied jazz and improvisation with David Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Fred Hersch, Kenny Barron, and Frank Kimbrough. I study composition with Kendall Briggs.
My standard rate for my studio in Chelsea is $80 an hour, or $50 per half-hour. If students have particular needs that is something we can discuss.
I grew up in a musical family, and took on some of my mother's students when her schedule filled up. Then upon moving to New York I worked with a number of students while studying at Juilliard.
All ages, beginners through advanced. I teach classical, jazz, and composition.
Its not enough that the teacher play well. Some are gifted with the insight to guide others and some are not. Find someone who instills faith in you and truly believes in the power and necessity of music.