Charles Clarke
West Long Branch, NJ
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Charles Clarke

Charles C.

West Long Branch, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a well rounded pianist and organist. I will help you develop your style and technique to meet your goals, what ever they may be, life time enjoyment or preparing to become a professional musician.

About Charles C.

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 and rock.

I develop an individual learning path for each of my students so they can achieve their musical goals. I use a variety of 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 ***
Kawai Grand 6' at Studio
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:

Classical and Jazz

Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms

Songwriting and Arranging

Piano accompaniment

Developing a performance repertoire

Technique Development


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10 Reviews
Hayden A.
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The first piano lesson was truly great! I am glad we found Charles.

Posted Jun 20, 2018
Michael E.
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Awesome - motivates my son, makes it fun. Knows how far to push him, keeps material current and enjoyable to pay.

Posted Apr 13, 2018
Sharon B.
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I recommend Charles, he is a qualified instructor.

Posted Apr 14, 2017
Linda J.
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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.

Posted May 8, 2015
John L.
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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.

Posted Feb 10, 2015
Dawn J.
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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.

Posted Feb 9, 2015
Sherri E.
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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.

Posted Feb 5, 2015
Tony B.
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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/

Posted Feb 5, 2015
Amy S.
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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!

Posted Feb 5, 2015
Charles C.
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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

Posted Jun 11, 2014

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Band Leader
Dec 2017 - Present

The Big Dance Machine

Band Leader of eight piece Big dance Band playing regularly on the Jersey shore

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


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



Professional Proficiency


Music Director
Apr 2009

Old First United Methodist Church

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


Garden State Music Performance
Apr 1975

PNC Arts Center


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2013
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
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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