I perfer at this point in my life of working with adults, but have worked with young people for 40 years. I offer a range of learning from classical, jazz, pop and even some improvization. I do require basic technique work for without a strong finger, arm, muscle memory development, one cannot truly play musically as they are held back without this technique development which in my studio is: scales, arpeggios, and chords and inversions. Some exercises I've developed by my teachers from the past are used, also. I ask 1/4 of the time you practice to be used in technique development, the rest preparing pieces. I also work with HOW to practice as to make it EASY which is all practice means, TO MAKE EASY.
Music is my passion. I have degrees, BM< MM in piano and percussion as I loved both types of instuments and a piano IS a percussive instrument as it is struck by a hammer. My degrees are BM in performance from the U of Illinois; MM. from Catholic University. I also attented the Juilliard School In NY CITY for one semester. My goal is to help you as the performer nor student develop your own SOUND, as the sound is the end result. There is so much music of all types in this world, it is endless in choices. Understanding these styles is the intellectual part, then the musical part is taking this knowledge and applying it to HOW you produce the sound and the interpretation of the music chosen. I have had wonderful teachers in both worlds of piano and percussion, and use many of their techniques of teaching and of playing. Music feeds the soul and makes life a joy in both playing and listening. I have taught since 1970 privately and just recently stopped performing. I am an approved teacher by the National Music Teacher's Association for teaching. I have and still judge piano competition around the country. I was the winner of the 1967 piano competition in Siena, Italy for chamber music. I attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Mich. studying piano and percussion, and won in 1964 the concerto competition for percussion. I also performed for presidents, first ladies, etc. at the White House for events during my 21 years in the United States Army Band as well as the State Department, etc., performing mostly on piano at the White House. Piano study with Soulima Stravinsky; chamber music Leon Fleisher for one semester and Adele Marcus
Very skilled, warm and patient teacher. Great with adult students who want to add piano to their busy lives.
Ideal instructor in so many way! Able to tailor lessons to my particular needs and tastes (mostly baroque) though he encourages me to push beyond my meager abilities. As an aging baby boomer myself, I am so happy to find someone who has allowed me to accomplish a lifelong dream: to play better than I did when I took lessons as a kid. Joe emphasizes good technique but still makes lessons fun. Definitely 5 stars!
Joe is patient and understanding of each student's strengths. He focuses on technique, while helping students advance their playing. He offers constructive criticism without diminishing the student's efforts and attempts at new material. He is an outstanding teacher.
Joe: You are a wonderful instructor, a wonderful friend; and after reading your profile I find you are an awarded musician. I feel honored and privileged to have you as my teacher and as my friend. This coming year I am going to try to be more dedicated to my practice each week. Jim