Manhattan School of Music - classical piano - 09/07 - 05/08 (Degree received)
Manhattan School of Music - classical piano - 09/05 - 05/07 (Master's degree received)
Manhattan School of Music - classical piano - 09/02 - 05/05 (Bachelor's degree received)
Columbia University - biomedical engineering (prospective) - 09/00 - 05/02
Regardless of your current level of playing ability, I will guide you through the language of musical performance and understanding in the context of the piano. I believe in encouraging my students to connect to their passion as one of the keys to a healthy and low-pressure learning experience, rather than imposing unreasonable expectations. Our educational system would be so much better off if more teachers knew how to respond to the way our brains and minds learn naturally and...
most efficiently - in an environment where negative stress is minimized.
As a teacher and performer, I have assimilated classical, contemporary and non-contemporary popular, and Broadway music. Pieces and songs from these genres exist in formats for students at diverse stages of ability. When locating a students' preferred selections (unavailable for the right levels in their original forms,) my goal is to connect them to level-friendly arrangements only of high artistic quality. My interest in improvisation, and an ear sensitive nuance in improvised performance have enhanced my grasp of popular styles. I love music with a message that deserves to be encountered, none the least classical. My experience as a teacher and pianist over the past three years has shown me the wealth of music that bears this hallmark, including (but not limited to,) jazz, R&B, and world music. A current student has worked with me on Sweet Dreams by Beyonce, and more recently on Together Again by Jackson. I have increasingly come to realize the special plea of humanity that speaks from these songs, each a spontaneously etched impression of a singular mood.
School choir until my graduation in 2000. In January of that year, I performed the third movement of Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the school's symphony orchestra. The then-president of the Stuyvesant Parents Association praised the "extraordinary performance" in an issue of the PA newsletter. Starting in August 2000, I attended Columbia University where I continued my piano studies. Wishing to dedicate myself more completely to music, I transferred to Manhattan School of Music in September 2002. I completed my graduate training there in May 2008 under the pianistic and musical guidance of Arkady Aronov.
I have taught beginner and intermediate level private piano lessons to adults and children since January 2009. Throughout January 2010, I accompanied a student production of the musical _You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown_ at The Women's Leadership School of Astoria, Queens. In May of that year, I collaborated with Jermaine Lewis, a Bronx composer for a concert of his musical, _Spiritual Heritage_. These performance endeavors helped me grow in my feel for popular music (including improvisation,) which I enjoy conveying to students who prefer to learn piano through that style. My appreciation of contemporary music has also developed through my activities as piano teacher and music transcriber (someone who notates music on paper or computer by ear) for the lead singer of 3D2, a contemporary pop group that has performed in Madison Square Garden as well as at international venues. During the regular school year, I teach group piano lessons to children ages 6-13 in a private school setting.