- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 1997
Dan, a multi faceted musician, composer and educator active in the tri-state area since 1994. Dan's eclectic education, upbringing and fields of interest render him one of the unique voices in the dynamic field of current music education.
In an era where old boundaries are breaking and a growing musician needs to have expanded horizons, Dan stands out in the crowd.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dan received his musical education from the Rubin music academy in Jerusalem and the Manhattan School of music in NYC where he completed a Masters degree in classical composition and Jazz performance. Dan's playing and compositions were performed nationally and internationally, reviewed by the New York Times, The St Louis Post Dispatch and other publications.
Currently Dan is teaching composition, film scoring, theory and ear training at the Manhattan school of music pre college division (where he has been a faculty member since 1994) and piano, theory and composition at the JCC on the Palisades Thurnauer school of music,where he also served as theory department chair from 1999 - 2005.
The newest addition to Dan's expending circle is The Red Bank Regional High School for the performing arts where he has a been a guest lecturer since fall of 2011.
Dan has been giving private lessons of music and music related subjects for over 20 years.
The system Dan developed over the years of teaching is based on two fundamental principles-
The paramount importance of developing sound traditional skills and the strong conviction that you should always tailor the method to the student and never tailor the student to the method.
Dan's eclectic background enables him to draw on a wide range of musical styles and techniques, fulfilling the needs of students from all walks of the musical experience. Lessons are available in the following areas for all ages and levels:
Piano - classical
Piano - contemporary / jazz / Broadway.
Piano - eclectic
Song writing, arranging and producing
Music theory, General theory, Jazz and popular music theory, a special AP music theory preparation workshop.
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a strong believer in combining traditional skills and sensibilities with a strong affinity to today's musical and pop culture, While I am an extremely patient teacher, I do expect (and achieve) results. If a student starts with me from scratch they should be able to play real piano tunes within 6 months.
*** Studio Equipment ***
living area piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment ***
The student needs to have a piano/keyboard
*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, composition, song writing, music for film, production, music history, theory, ear training, AP preparation.
I have been a faculty member at MSM preparatory division for 15+ years.
I really enjoy learning how to play the piano with Dan, he's very patient and explains the step clearly. Just need lots of practice!
The Best. Right with me where I am in playing piano and understanding technique, theory etc. Spurring me on to more music making.
Great teaching! Dan adjusts to your progress very effectively and efficiently to make sure that you are successfully progressing to the next level.
It was a great first lesson! He really individualizes the lessons and tailors his teaching to your wants and needs. He is very nice and honest and I felt like I already learned so much. I look forward to progressing in every session!
Dan is an excellent instructor. My half hr per week under his guidance helps me develop good practice routines; learn music history, & theory. I don't even have to tell him what I've struggled with during my practice sessions (at home) Dan identifies those obstacles and provides tools for improvement. Quite an impressive pro in my estimation. Just what I need to continue my musical journey. Pretty nice guy also.+ Read More
I can definitely tell he knows what he is doing. He is very helpful and very patient. I can't wait till my next lesson!
Dan is an excellent teacher!
Dan is an excellent teacher!
He is very patient with kids and my son loves his lessons!