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Chris C.

New York, New York
My approach to teaching involves developing a comprehensive understanding of what one is doing while playing, rather than just learning a couple of songs, or relying solely on your muscle memory, you will be able to explain what you are doing from a theoretical standpoint. Without getting too heavy with the use of technical terms, I will teach you to see the underlying threads that apply to all styles of music and encourage you to begin making these types of connections yourself. This is an important skill to develop early so that as you progress you can begin to teach yourself develop your own unique stylistic approaches to music! After studying at Laguardia High school for the Performing Arts, I attended McGill University in Montreal where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano Performance. If you study with me you will be able to expand your knowledge of: -Music Theory -Harmony -Piano technique -Ear Training -Sight Reading -Composition -Improvisation Located right on Chambers street in Manhattan, I am available most days of the week and am also available for visitation lessons at your convenience!
About Chris C.

Born and raised in downtown Manhattan, I have studied music for over 15 years now. When I was about 8 years old I started studying classical piano, and to be perfectly honest, it was like pulling teeth to get me to play. The repetitious nature of learning classical etude after etude wore down upon me at that young age and it was hard for me to focus on it. Then I learned about the blues scale and picked up the electric guitar... After starting to play some blues piano and studying with guitar player Scott Sharrard of the Gregg Allman band, I started to really enjoy playing music. I was also playing Trumpet in my middle school band (NYC Lab school) although the constant upkeep trumpet requires made it hard to study three instruments at once... I proceeded to go to Laguardia High school where I decided to zero in on the piano, studying theory and piano technique extensively, and deciding to study jazz as well as classical music. I began to compose my own tunes and study improvisation diligently, and ended up earning my Bachelor's degree from McGill University. If you choose to study with me, I will guarantee that you will have fun and see music as more than just a sequence of abstract notes... you will learn how certain chord progressions imply certain emotional settings, and how to manipulate those progressions into creating a scene or narrative! I currently record my own jazz albums, and play keyboards in a rock band called "Caverns" based here in NYC. Additionally, I am also fluent in Ableton and record my own electronic music which I am willing to teach, as it is an important skill in the 21st century music scene. Thank you for your consideration! -Chris

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2011

Jazz Piano Performance

Age: 4+

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Subject: Piano
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Student's Home
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Teacher's studio

Chris is an excellent teacher and a great guy. He’s really attentive and makes sure to tailor each lesson to the needs of the student. Would highly recommend!

Posted May 8, 2021
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Posted Jun 14, 2019
Student's home

Chris is excellent

Posted Apr 11, 2019
Jazz Pianist
Jan 2012 - Present
Self Employed
Composer. Teacher. Arranger.
Mar 2013 - Sep 2017
Commercial Acting Agency.
Jan 2011 - Jun 2017
Request models.
Jazz Piano Performance
Sep 2011 - Jun 2016
McGill University
Native Proficiency
After-School music at P.S.234 and P.S. 276 along with “summer rising” summer program.
Sep 2021

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