Dan Cray

Dan C.

Brooklyn, NY

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Dan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I'm a professional pianist and composer with a passion for both performing and teaching. I have an undergraduate degree in music performance from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in jazz performance from NYU. I've released six albums with my band, and my music has been licensed for TV (WB) and film (Universal). My last album was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and I tour nationally and internationally while overseeing a teaching studio of about 20 students here in New York.

While my passion is jazz and I work in contemporary music, I've studied classical piano since age 4 and believe that a strong foundation in theory and harmony translates well to all genres while providing much needed context. My students are all ages and range in ability from beginner to professional. I teach out of a cozy studio in Boerum Hill, and travel to students homes under the right circumstances. Whether your goals are reading music, reading chord charts, playing by ear, improvising, or composing, I always strive to make the lessons fun and stress free!

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Masters of Music in Jazz Piano Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2011
New York University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1994 - Jun 1999
Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts in History
Sep 1994 - Jun 1999
Northwestern University


Sep 2001

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Phi Beta Kappa
Jun 1999

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

Solo piano:  "Autumn Nocturne"
"Hammerhead" by Wayne Shorter
Photo by Dan C.


4 Reviews

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Simone Bernard Nov 15, 2016
Piano ·

Kind, encouraging attitude and patient; the perfect instructor for anyone with no experience as myself.

Amanda David Aug 8, 2016
Piano ·

Very patient, and knowledgeable. Great instruction on form and theory as well.

Bridget Carey Apr 3, 2016
Piano ·

Great lessons so far! Dan is a good teacher and very patient with a total beginner

Cassandra Rosner Dec 9, 2015
Piano ·

Cassie always looks forward to her weekly lesson with Dan. Having never played before, I think she's made excellent progress.

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