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 Composition 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. Regarding scheduling, I do have a 24 hour advance notice for cancelling lessons to maintain steady schedule. *** 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.
Teaching since 1997
Teaches ages 14+
Has background check
I chose the right teacher! As an adult who took lessons as a youth, I had definite goals in mind. Dan listened and catered the lessons to my aspirations. In a short time, I have already improved my skillset and theoretical knowledge. Dan introduced me to a new composer and taught me why I like his music. Dan taught me how to use a metronome, and this practice has increased the speed and fluidity of my playing. Dan's knowledge and teaching style has far exceeded my expectations!
I'm sort of blown away by how far I've come through my lessons with Dan. To the point where I take for granted what my fingers can now do on the piano. Any goal I had, whether it was in improvisation, composition, performance, or theory, Dan had a plan for how to get me there. And now I'm there and its genuinely exactly what I wanted. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
For the past 5 years, I've had the pleasure of taking lessons from Dan. The experience has been truly life changing. I took piano lessons as a kid (5-18), and stopped as an adult. I tried to pick it up here and there, but ultimately it never stuck. Taking lessons with Dan changed all of that. My love for music and piano has never been higher in my life. I have developed a passion for many styles, including blues, classical and improvisation. Dan's ability to break down big concepts, like improvisation, to bite size pieces is incredible. I've had teachers in the past teach improvisation as "sit down at the piano, relax and just play." That simply doesn't work. Dan's structured approach results in substantial progress, which in turn, makes me enjoy the piano that much more. My only regret is that I didn't record myself more when I first started with him. The progress I've made over the past 5 years with Dan has been amazing. I cannot recommend Dan enough for piano lessons.