I perform and teach all levels many diverse styles of music such as traditional jazz, modern jazz, theory, arranging, Arabic maqam, West African rhythmic theory, Ghanaian xylophone, world music, and improvisation. I have a very wide range of contacts of musicians who I work and perform with professionally, I am able to prepare music ensembles for your specific musical desires and requests at your event, wedding, party, or cocktail hour, ranging from jazz, funk, pop, rock, vocals, trumpet, horn, saxophone, flute, bass, drums, guitar, vibraphone, and more. Let the music begin!
My studio is located in Park Slope Brooklyn, F/G/R trains to 4th ave & 9th st. station. I maintain a Yamaha upright piano, Adams vibraphone, Ghanaian xylophone, numerous books and resources for students. Please text upon arrival. Email is my best form of contact: [email protected]
Rates and Payment:
Studio - $70/$60/$50 (60/45/30 minutes); House-calls - $80/$70/$60 (60/45/30min)
I accept payment monthly in cash on the first of the month (i.e. January 1st). I cannot give refunds for paid lessons, but I am happy to reschedule any missed dates.
Philosophy and General:
My style works with each individual student to achieve their goals. I teach one-on-one music lessons to all levels, all styles of piano and vibraphone, all ages 7 and up. Topics include: reading, composition, intermediate classical, improvisation, history, jazz, pop songs, rock, ear training, harmony, chord voicings, voice, songwriting, singer-songwriter studies, rudiments, jazz standards, walking bass-lines, melody, soloing, comping, lead sheets, notation software (Sibelius), Organ, synths, ragtime, blues, world, Ghanaian xylophone, Arabic theory and repertoire, and more! I truly enjoy developing student confidence by tackling creative anxiety, performance anxiety, being a creative guide, being an encourager, and helping students reach goals by making a plan with them each month that we carry out each week.
Trial Lesson: Want to see if we’re a good fit? Let’s do a trial lesson! Please note I cannot accommodate company, parents, babies, or siblings. It is ok for parents of students to attend the trial lesson, but not regular lessons.
Commitment & Cancellations: 4 weekly lessons per month. (I do not teach bi-monthly students due to slow progress, forgetfulness, schedule issues, and lack of student priority.) I require 48 hrs notice for a cancellation
Scheduling: We confirm four monthly lessons by the 23rd of each month via email. For example, all February lesson date/times must be confirmed by January 23rd. I need seven days advance notice to schedule and confirm a new or different lesson time with all details confirmed: length of lessons, location, times and dates. If, after schedule confirmation during the month, you need to change a lesson time or date, I need five days advance notice from the new proposed date. For example, if you need to change next week's Tuesday lesson to a later time, please let me know by Thursday so I can respond to confirm my availability by Friday (5 days before Tuesday). All missed lessons (due to travel, etc.) must be rescheduled within the month.
Materials: I require students bring a manuscript notebook each week (blank sheet music) to keep track of each lesson and what we’re working on. You can find this online easily. Usually I can determine what books to start with at the first lesson or two. Feel free ALWAYS to bring any books, mp3s, or new music you’re interested in; often I can easily teach it to you by ear. Even better – I’ll teach you how to write it down yourself!
Practice Tips: I encourage beginner students to practice daily 5-30 minutes per session, 3-4 times per week, for advanced students 30-45 minutes. The brain is a sponge and responds to frequency. It’s better to practice 5 minutes six days per week than 30 minutes one day per week. Like any sport, you get in shape with frequent daily exercise. Maximizing practice time is an art form. Mental practice (away from instrument) is a thing you can do on the subway or commuting. Never cancel a lesson due to lack of practice – it won’t help you get better. Just show up! Lessons are meant to stimulate growth and tackle where you are at in the moment, today, regardless of how much you practiced last week. It’s great confidence building and fosters musical self-acceptance. Just show up and you’ll improve!
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Discussing student goals in lesson and seeing their abilities is what I need to understand where we can go.
Bachelor's degree in piano performance and 15 years of experience teaching and performing
I start lessons at $60/hr at my studio, I teach weekly lessons only. For children under 10 I offer 30 minute lessons at $40.
I began teaching at my teacher's insistence when I was in high school. I always enjoyed watching people blossom and grow on their musical journey!
All level and ages from 6-65
I recently took oud lessons and loved learning something new! I realized it helped me become a more patient teacher with beginners.
Make sure you can go with someone you want to see every week - progress comes from experience and comittment and trust in your teacher.
Ask what topics they cover and tell them what you want to learn. If rapport is strong then go for it!