I provide tutoring in the following areas: Piano performance (jazz, classical, and popular styles), jazz improvisation (all instruments), music composition and theory, music history, arranging, band directing, and vocal performance. I am a former university professor (received Excellence in Teaching awards), have performed at jazz festivals in the United States and Europe,and own a proprietary music school in the Chicago area. I'm a great one-on-one teacher, currently have music students ages... [more]
Music theory has been an integral part of my training in music composition. I have academic training at the masters and doctoral levels in jazz theory, traditional (common practice) theory, and set theory. I have over a decade of experience teaching music theory and composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
My academic preparation in ear training consists of classes at Berklee College of Music and Roosevelt University. I served as ear-training coach while at Roosevelt. I always incorporate ear training in my piano teaching. When teaching ear training, I follow a standard university curriculum, starting with recognizing and notating basic tonal harmonic material (intervals and chords), tonal melodies, and simple rhythms. More-advanced work would consist of recognizing and notating modulating progressions, atonal materials, and polyrhythms/changing meter. I encourage each student to practice daily. Usual activities include taking melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, sight singing, and developing musical memory. My students usually make great progress, enjoy their lessons, and are motivated to work diligently.
I have twelve years of experience teaching Music Appreciation, Jazz History, History of Popular Music, and Rudiments of Music Theory at the college level. For Music Appreciation, I stress knowledge of major style periods (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Twentieth Century) with an emphasis on listening to important compositions and learning about major composers. For jazz, I can cover influences leading to the development of early jazz, and style periods from Early New Orleans, through Swing, Bebop, Cool, Hard Bop, Free, Third Stream, Fusion, and current eclectic developments. Because jazz is such an individualistic art, the focus is always on learning the works, influences, and lives of important innovators. Popular Music includes blues roots, through the many sub-genres dating from the early 1950s through the present. Rudiments of Music Theory offers an opportunity for students to become familiar with basic scales, rhythms, and harmonic materials that form the basis of western musical language.
I have over twenty years experience teaching private piano, and performing at festivals, clubs, recitals, and private events. My teaching stresses developing sound basic musicianship, including technique, sight reading, expression, improvisation, and recital preparation. My students consider me patient, enthusiastic, motivating, clear, and open to individual interests and goals. I have many returning adult students, as well as beginners of all ages, and professional performers working at expanding their skills.