Charles Clarke

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ

About Charles C.

Charles teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1993
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition,
Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.

Member Music Educators National Association.
Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association
Member BMI

I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.

I develop an individual leaning path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that interest the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.

1. How to practice efficiently,
2. Improving technique.
3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn.
4. Long range major works which will take several months to master
5. Sight reading
7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc
8. Understanding of music styles and composers

How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawaii Professional Studio Upright
Steinway Professional Studio Upright
Yamaha Digital Practice Piano
Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard
Logic Pro 9 Recording Software
JV-1010 Synth Module
Roland VK-8M Organ Module
E-MU Hamond B3 Module
Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface
JBL Studio Monitors
Macbook Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties Include:

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano

Developing a performance repertoire.

Technique Development

Photos and Videos

Experience

Music Director

Apr 2008 - Present
Private Church

Directed Choir and performed weekly church services on piano and organ.

House Pianist

Oct 2001 - Present
Raven and the Peach Restaurant

Perform Jazz and Broadway Standards every Friday and Saturday

Music Director

Jan 2000 - Apr 2004
First Presbyterian Church

Directed Choir and performed weekly church services on piano and organ.

Church Organist

Sep 1986 - Jan 1997
St Dorothea's Parish

Played weekly mass services and worked and played for all youth activities and services

Director Of Retail Music Sales

Oct 1980 - Jul 1983
European American Music

Education

MS

Sep 1982 - Jun 1984
Montclair State University

BA Music

Sep 1975 - May 1980
Rutgers College

Piano Performance-Music Composition

Sep 1978 - May 1979
Berklee College Of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Music Director

Apr 2009
Old First United Methodist Church

I am a music instructor and choir director at the oldest Methodist Church in NJ.

Awards

Garden State Music Performance

Apr 1975
PNC Arts Center

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association

Jan 2013
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2012
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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7 Reviews on Charles C.

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Linda J. May 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
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John L. Feb 10, 2015
Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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Dawn J. Feb 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, jazz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55.
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Sherri E. Feb 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Charles Clarke is hands down the best, Piano teacher I have ever taken lessons from. His is concise and effective in his communication and I am excelling at a steady rate. Now I am even able to figure out chord progressions by listening to recordings all because he has taught me how chords are constructed. I would highly recommend him to anybody seeking a reliable, talented and professional instructor.
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Tony B. Feb 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Charles has done very well for our son. He has helped our 6-year old son progress quite a lot since we started last October. Our son enjoys having Charles as his teacher/
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Amy S. Feb 5, 2015
Piano · In home
I have been taking piano lessons with Charlie for a year now.

As an adult learning piano for the first time, I was concerned that I find a teacher who could help teach an old dog new tricks.

Charlie is terrific! He has accommodated my learning style, tailoring each lesson to my capabilities. He is patient and fun, the two best traits you could want in a teacher.

A very enthusiastic recommend!
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Charles C. Jun 11, 2014
Piano · In home
Charles has been a wonderful piano teacher to my son. He is a gifted and skilled pianist. His knowledge and patience is evident at each lesson. We are lucky to have found him!

Cathy G
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