Dan Bar Hava
New York, NY
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Dan Bar Hava

Dan B.

New York, NY
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I have written many songs, one of them got an honorable mention
at the billboard international song contest, another is the theme song
of the movie "Falling Star" (AKA "Goyband") starring (and singing) the magnificent Adam Pascal.

About Dan B.

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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17 Reviews
Dan C.
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Dan knows how to do everything! I consider myself an advanced student, and he's able to clearly answer all of my questions and show me examples on the fly! I highly recommend him, especially if you're eager to learn quickly

Posted Aug 26, 2021
Susan B.
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Dan is an excellent instructor. Although I have played the piano for years, my technical skills and understanding of music theory have improved exponentially through my work with Dan. He is particularly accomplished at using multiple approaches to explain difficult concepts to ensure that I fully understand them. I highly recommend him.

Posted Aug 14, 2021
Nicola H.
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Have had a few lessons with Dan so far and nothing to complain about. Really this is the type of teacher I'm looking for the whole time as an adult beginner. He knows what he is doing and how to push you to the next level.

Posted Aug 6, 2021
Mark D.
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Excellent teacher

Posted Apr 20, 2021
Courtland A.
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Dan was an awesome instructor - even after our first lesson I came away with a ton of actionable ways to practice and improve my playing.

Posted Dec 21, 2020
Jack B.
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I started my mission to learn how to play piano with zero prior knowledge or experience with Dan and I could not be more happy with my results thus far. Dan is an expert piano player there is no question about that. But more impressive is his ability to teach, having no prior exposure to piano lessons Dan was extremely helpful in introducing me to new topics and ideas that have helped me to improve as a piano player. He works based off of your own goals and is dedicated to teaching what you want to learn as well as what is necessary to learn in order to meet your goals. He is very flexible in scheduling lessons which is huge for me having a job who's schedule changes regularly. I will continue to take lessons from Dan in the future and highly recommend from my experience for anyone just getting into piano although I know he works with much more talented and experienced students as well.

Posted Dec 10, 2020
Xi L.
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Dan is really good and creative teacher! I had fun lesson with him!

Posted Apr 12, 2019
Tess D.
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On the first lesson with Dan as an intermediate/advance level student, I have certain expectations of the kind of guidance I need to improve my playing (even if I usually play for my own personal pleasure). Dan was able to pinpoint some areas that I could improve which were very helpful. Looking forward to having more lessons with him.

Posted Feb 26, 2019
Thu H.
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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!

Posted Jan 8, 2019
Johnnie H.
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The Best. Right with me where I am in playing piano and understanding technique, theory etc. Spurring me on to more music making.

Posted Apr 20, 2018
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Great teaching! Dan adjusts to your progress very effectively and efficiently to make sure that you are successfully progressing to the next level.

Posted Sep 28, 2017
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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!

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Trevis P.
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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.

Posted Apr 20, 2016
Jazz W.
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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!

Posted Sep 21, 2015
Ruth L.
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Dan is an excellent teacher!

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Ruth L.
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Dan is an excellent teacher!

Posted Jul 6, 2015
Edward D.
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He is very patient with kids and my son loves his lessons!

Posted May 18, 2015

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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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


2nd prize in composition, honorable mention in songwriting contest
May 2005

1. Rubin Academy Jerusalem, 2. The Billboard international contest

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