Dan Bar Hava

Dan B.

New York, NY
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Music Performance

Levels Taught:
I revel in teaching all styles & levels and revel even more in making the universal connections that tie across all musical genre and levels.
From Beethoven to Beatles to Blues and beyond - music moves
in the same pathways and it gives me great satisfaction to expose my students to this connections.
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Dan teaches



Dan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.

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Teacher, compostion, theory, ear training, film scoring, improvisation
Sep 1995 - Present
Manhattan school of music NYC

I have been a faculty member at MSM preparatory division for 15+ years.


Masters degree
Sep 1991 - Jun 1995
Manhattan school of music NYC
Masters degree in science
Sep 1988 - Aug 1990
Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Classical composition towards a Bacheler degree
Sep 1988 - Jun 1990
The Rubin music acadeny
Bachelor's degree in science
Sep 1984 - Sep 1988
Hebrew University in Jerusalem


English, Hebrew
Fluent / Native Proficiency


2nd prize in composition, honorable mention in songwriting contest
May 2005
1. Rubin Academy Jerusalem, 2. The Billboard international contest

Photos & Videos

Am introduction to my teaching,  combined with sample students performances
Photo by Dan B.

I am a big believer in music and technology, this video is a sample of how I use technology, especially at beginner / intermediate levels.
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8 Reviews

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Johnnie H. Apr 20, 2018
Piano · In studio

The Best. Right with me where I am in playing piano and understanding technique, theory etc. Spurring me on to more music making.

Anthony Sep 28, 2017
Piano · In home

Great teaching! Dan adjusts to your progress very effectively and efficiently to make sure that you are successfully progressing to the next level.

Pamela Jun 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

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!

Trevis P. Apr 20, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

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Jazz W. Sep 21, 2015
Piano · In home

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!

Ruth L. Jul 6, 2015
Piano · In home

Dan is an excellent teacher!

Ruth L. Jul 6, 2015
Piano · In home

Dan is an excellent teacher!

Edward D. May 18, 2015
Piano · In home

He is very patient with kids and my son loves his lessons!

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