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My name is Doug and I have been teaching professionally either in the public school systems of Connecticut or privately for over 22 years. I possess a Master‚¬Ä¬ôs Degree in Liberal studies from Albertus Magnus College and a Bachelor‚¬Ä¬ôs degree in Music from Western Connecticut State University. I own and operate a private teaching studio in Connecticut which has been in business since 2005. Along with teaching I am also a professional musician and have been since the age of 13. I have gigged and recorded professionally in and around the tri-state area for numerous years.Music is and has always been my only form of income,so teaching and playing is much more than just a hobby to me it is my life and my livelihood. When a student chooses me as his/her instructor they can feel confident that they are learning the instrument correctly and that they will be benefiting from many years of schooling and independent study with some of the industries most esteemed and trusted instructors/musicians.
*** Lesson Details ***
When studying with me each student can expect an organized formulated lesson geared toward each students individual goals. My curriculum is different for each student for no two students are exactly the same. When beginning lessons a student can expect to be evaluated so that a baseline level can be set. From there all students will be taught to read, write and create music. This is accomplished by learning music theory and then applying it to the instrument in a specific method that suits each particular student. Students will be studying from a variety of books some of which have been authored by me. After six months of lessons (if they follow instructions and practice daily) a student should be able to play through basic chord progressions read and comprehend basic melodies and be well on their way to attaining a more advanced level of study as well as a greater appreciation and love for music. Studying music with me will be fun, rewarding and challenging. I look forward to teaching you and building a long lasting musical friendship.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Large professional studio with two big rooms with plenty of seating for studio guests along with free wi-fi and local telephone use. Studio amenities: Apple Macintosh technology,MI Audio monitors,Tascam recording,Eden,Marshall and Henriken Amplification,numerous guitars of all make and models.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Amp, guitar, stand books
*** Specialties ***
Rock, jazz, funk, punk, reggae, rockabilly, metal, hardcore.
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting
I am 52. I am a songwriter. I play piano and guitar. I spent 7 years in Nashville performing on stage and doing open-mic nights. I have been playing for over 45 years. I have been teaching since 1983.
Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano
PROFESSIONAL JAZZ ARTIST, ¬ĒMUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, PIANIST, COMPOSER, ARRANGER, BUSINESS OWNER: ALAN S. MUSIC CONSULTANTS
*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation over chord changes in various styles. Classical and Jazz background. Will work with student on Blues or Popular show tunes, etc. Any style for the piano. Interpretation, technique, tone quality and poise.
HOTCHKISS SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 1997-present
Teach classes in Jazz Piano and small combo
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Newark, NJ
Summer 2010 and 2011
Teach course-Intro to Music (Music 101).
Student comments were outstanding.
WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC; Westport, Connecticut 1991-present
Teach classes in Jazz and Classical Piano Pedagogy
Incorporate Music Theory into syllabus
Organize recitals for two pianos (4 hands)
SALISBURY SCHOOL, Salisbury, Connecticut 2006-present
Instructor in Piano:
INDIAN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL, Lakeville, Connecticut 2004-2008
PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION
30 years experience
Teach Improvisation, Jazz, Classical Music, Vocal Coaching,
INSTITUTE OF NORTH AMERICA ¬¬ďCHILE. Santiago, Chile
Teach Jazz Master Classes throughout country.
Jazz Improvisation clinics/concerts in Iquique, Concepcion, and The Universidad de Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
WESTPORT SCHOOL OF MUSIC, Westport, CT
Jazz Seminar-The Legacy of the Great Jazz Pianist-/Composers. Comparison of American Composers: Ellington/Strayhorn, Monk, Waller, Hancock, Powell, Gershwin,
Porter, Berlin, Rodgers & Hart/Hammerstein, and Bernstein.(three seminar series)
CRANE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, SUNY Potsdam, N.Y.
Jazz Seminar-The importance of playing in a rhythm section, comping, supporting, blending, and soloing.
BERKSHIRE SCHOOL, Sheffield, Massachusetts
Master Class / Workshop with school Jazz Ensemble followed by Quartet Performance
Article and Piano Arrangement-2006 Piano Today (Summer 2006 Issue) Jazz Piano Stylings: New Sounds, A Contemporary Approach (Pg. 38) Original Composition: ¬Ä¬úMagic Squares by Alan S.
Cover Article and Piano Arrangement-2005 Piano Today (Summer 2005 Issue) on Cover: Modern Jazz Harmony-Alan S.. Musicianship - Harmony Workshop: The Pleasures of Harmonic Ambiguity. (Pg. 32) Original Composition: Snow Petals¬Ä¬Ě by Alan S.
Composition, Music Book, ©2005 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, ¬Ä¬ĒJazz Piano: Pieces To Grow On (Original song Contributor) How '¬Ä¬ėBout It? by Alan S. - Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy and Stuart Isacoff, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. 2 Depot Plaza, Suite 301. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)
Composition, Music Book, ©2003 The Steinway Library of Piano Music, Piano Stylings of the Great Standards, Volume II (Contributor) Body and Soul by John Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton. Piano Arrangement, (Edward Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc. Bedford Hills, NY 10507)
Music Book©2003. The Steinway Library of Piano Music, ¬Ä¬ĒPiano Stylings of Classic Christmas Carols (Contributor) 3 Piano Arrangements. (Ed Shanaphy, ed.) Ekay Music Inc.
Piano Arrangement-2003 Piano Today (Winter 2003 Issue) Ballad for Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters by Billy Strayhorn
Music Book-©2002 Beautiful Christmas Piano-12 Easy and Elegant Solos for the 12 Days of Christmas (Contributor) 4 Piano Arrangements.Ekay Music Inc(Distributed by Warner Bros.)
Piano Arrangement, 2001 Sheet Music Magazine Vol.25, #3, (May 2001 Issue) Special Arrangement: ¬Ä¬úNo Moon At All by Redd Evans, Words by Dave Mann
Contributor,¬Ä¬ĒMusic Book-©2001 ¬Ä¬ú505 Great Piano Intros¬Ä¬Ě (Ekay Publishers) Republished ©2004 as The Steinway Library of Piano Music, 500 Piano Intros For The Great Standards
Feature Article and Published Piano Arrangement,¬Ä¬Ē1999 Piano Today (Summer ¬Ä¬ė99 Issue) The Jazzy Side of Leonard Bernstein, A Bernstein Beauty: ¬Ä¬úLucky To Be Me¬Ä¬Ě by Leonard
Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Piano Arrangement-1999 Piano Today (Fall ¬Ä¬ė99 Issue) Daydream¬Ä¬Ě by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington
Piano Arrangement-¬Ä¬Ē1999 Sheet Music Magazine Vol. 23, #4, (July ¬Ä¬ė99 Issue) Special Arrangement: You Always Hurt The One You Love¬Ä¬Ě by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Piano Arrangement-¬Ä¬Ē1998 Piano Today (Winter 97/98 Issue) My Ship,¬Ä¬Ě by Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin
Piano Solo Sheet Music Series. 1990 ¬Ä¬úRudy's Tail¬Ä¬Ě by Alan S., Second Floor Music, A Don Sickler Production
All Music Guide to Jazz: Alan S.- Rainsplash CD Review (Style: Postbop Jazz) Cadence
Jazz Records 1027 / 7 of 9 stars, by Steven A. Loewy,2000
Marge Hofacre¬Ä¬ôs Jazz News, CD Review by Jim Santella, Spring 2000
Cadence Review of Jazz & Blues (record review) Vol.23, #1, Alan S., The Present (Whispering Pines 120649) Jan. 1997
Poughkeepsie News: Alan S.: Artist of the Month ¬Ä¬ĒProfile, 1997
New York Times- ¬Ä¬úJazz Is Joining the Masters At Westport Music School-Alan S.-Jazz Pianist, by James Lomuscio, 10/13/91
The Advocate, Stamford, Connecticut - In a gig at the mall, the piano player puts the spirit of music into Christmas from About Town by Arthur Helms12/24/98
Savannah News-Press, Georgia Alan S. ¬Ä¬ĒJazz: Classic Jazz Group Performing "Sunday¬Ä¬Ě by Frank Jossi, 4/20/86
Omaha World Herald -¬Ä¬úHampton's Tasty Solos Delight Crowd¬Ä¬Ě (review)‚¬Ä¬Ēby Rick Ansorge 2/8/86
El Mercurio Santiago de Chile ¬Ä¬úCon Jam Session Seran Conciertos de Alan S. 12/5/86
Jazztimes (record review) by Stanley Dance, 10/86
Jazz Journal International ‚¬Ä¬úFestival Roundup: Nice, France by Martin Richards, 5/86
Chicago Observer-Consumer Guide To Jazz Records¬Ä¬Ě, by Lofton A. Emenari, 5/31/86
The Gazette Montreal - New and old favorites make records that are a pleasure Jazz Notes by Len Dobbin, 6/5/86
Coda (record review) by David Lewis, June 1987
BeBop and Beyond (record review) 5/1 Spring1987
El Sur En Concepcion: Manana actua: Alan S. Jazz Trio, Concepcion, Chile, 11/24/86
Jazziz (record review) by Frank Spena, contributing writer
International Musician Interview with Lionel Hampton, by Burt Korall, June 1986.
New York Times A Couple of Artists Come Back To Jazz by Procter Lippincott, 10/24/82
FM Radio Interview at Columbia University Station WKCR where many CD selections were played. FM Radio Station WNCN (NYC) broadcast over the air Alan S.'s Solo piano version of Claude Debussy'¬Ä¬ôs, ¬Ä¬úReflets dans Leau¬Ä¬Ě into Billy Strayhorn'¬Ä¬ôs ¬Ä¬úLush Life on David Dubal's show as an example of Classical music meeting Jazz. (from Alan's Rainsplash recording)
Several Live broadcast performances of the Alan S. Jazz Trio on NPR station WAMC from Albany, NY
Television Documentary on Jazz in Chile¬Ä¬ĒMusicalimente: The Alan S. Jazz Trio
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