I am a firm believer in student-centered learning. My job as a teacher is to be as attentive to student needs as possible in order to provide the best support I can.
I enjoy teaching most when it is clear that students are excited about their progress and developing their own love of music.
I worked with Will for a 6 month period, over which my understanding of piano technique, jazz theory, and musicianship all developed greatly. Will is an incredibly humble and supportive teacher, while sporting all of the wealth of knowledge to provide inspiration every lesson and help explore whatever questions came up over the course of our study. He was particularly good at managing the balance between self-directed study to pursue personal interests while also providing the necessary pre-requisites and surrounding knowledge to facilitate effect development.
William is very knowledgeable and seems understand my skill level and is adjusting the lessons accordingly. We are just getting started now but I am very happy with his work so far and I highly recommend him
Will is an excellent teacher. He has been very nice and super accommodating about any anxieties I had about playing. I have made a lot of progress from our lessons and it has been a very good experience.
Will is an excellent communicator, encouraging, enthusiastic and very knowledgble. Resuming piano lessons after many years, he has tailored instruction to my skill level making it fun and challenging. I've learned a great deal about jazz piano and progressed beyond my expectations. Highly recommended.
The first step for starting lessons is working together with the student to identify and set achievable goals that will keep them happy and motivated.
Manhattan School of Music, Jazz Piano Performance, graduate class of 2023.
Has studied with Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Francisco Pais, Ron Sanfilippo.
Has played in workshops or masterclasses with musicians including Wallace Roney, Jimmy Heath, Randy Weston, Danilo Perez, Monty Alexander, Dick Oatts, Don Braden, Helen Sung, Avery Sharpe, Dave Ballou, Russ Johnson, Kris Allen, Jen Allen, Claudio Roditi, George Schuller, Paul Bollenback
George Wein Jazz Ambassador Award, Newport Jazz Festival 2016,
Brown University's Mitchell Baker Music Award and Scholarship 2018, 2019,
Rhode Island All State Senior Jazz Piano 2016, First Place,
Selected for critique at International Jazz Fest Workshop led by Danilo Perez
I have worked with a wide range of students, from children to adults in their sixties, and from very beginners to advanced.
Students should take the time to envision how they want to position music in their lives and how lessons might help them on their musical journeys.