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
and efficiently - not by negative stress, like anxiety over the quality of a result, but through kind encouragement, patience, and the opportunity for open communication between student and teacher.
In teaching and performance, I have absorbed styles from classical, popular, and Broadway music. A vast repertoire from these genres is available for students at various places in their development. My interest in improvisation, and an ear sensitive to nuance in improvised performance have enhanced my grasp of popular styles. I love music with a message that begs to be encountered, uplifting or not so uplifting - as long as it expresses anything essential from the heart of our collective humanity. My experience as a teacher and pianist has shown me the scope of music that fits this description, covering jazz, classical, contemporary pop, r&b, and world music. For example, a current student has worked with me on Sweet Dreams by Beyonce, and more recently on Together Again by Jackson, which we have alternated with Bach Chorales (which expand both his sense of fingering and harmonic motion.)