jakub rojek

jakub r.

Plainfield, IL

About jakub r.

jakub teaches: Ages 1 and up
Teaching since: June 1994
Last sign in: Within two months


Jakub R. is a Polish-born pianist and composer. He had studied classical piano at the Music Academy in Krakow before coming to United States and was an active performer on the Krakow music scene. He has also established himself as an educator and maintained private studio teaching piano, jazz improvisation, composition, theory, and arranging. In 2002, after relocating to United States he began his study at North Central College, which he graduated from in 2006 with a BA in Jazz Studies. He has been actively involved in a jazz scene in Chicago and has been feature artist on few independent recording projects including, Jakub R./Yaron Goldman Quartet, Joel Moore Quartet (2006), and Duo w/Frank Caruso (2006). He has performed with Dave Douglas. Dave Holland, John Hollenbeck, Cecil McBee, Michael Cain, Don Byron, Frank Caruso, Larry Kohut, Paul Martin, Dan Shapera, Tom HIpskind, Erich Hochberg, Rick Shandling among others. He has performed in venues such as Lily Pad, Jordan Hall, Tai Chi Center, and Savant Project in Boston, Pops Highwood, O'Brians, Chopin Theatre, and Katerina's in Chicago. In 2006, after relocating to Boston he began his studies at the prestigious New England Conservatory, which he graduated from in 2008 with Master of Music degree in jazz performance. He has studied with Frank Caruso, Jack Mouse, John Mclean, Larry Kohut, Danilo Perez, Michael Cain, Frank Carlberg, Ken Schaphorst, Michael Gandolfi, and Jerry Leake among others. Jakub is also an established composer and arranger. His compositional credits span the music ranging stylistically anywhere between Gesualdo di Venosa, to Gyorgy Ligeti and Danilo Perez and include any possible combination of instruments from solo, duo, trio pieces to chamber music written for eleven piece ensemble (Ear-rash-yonal'08), and big band. He is founder of "Shrinkt", the collective established in 2008 in Boston. The ensemble is comprised of five improvising composers. The band draws in its improvisations and compositions on the idea of multi layered textural improvisation/counterpoint model. Finally, Jakub is an established educator with years of experience teaching piano, improvisation, harmony, theory, jazz theory, ear training, composition, arranging to students of all ages. He has been teaching with great success for the past seven years and has collaborated with many studios, private, and public schools around Chicago and Boston, including private instruction. R. is also a recent prize winner at the International Composition Competition organized under patronage of Rachmaninov Society of Darsmtadt, Germany.

I have extensive background teaching people of all ages, and that does not limit to music at all. I will, instead of teaching you something, I'll teach you how to teach you the same thing to thousands of other people; that way you would not need me forever. Why am I different? I have learned a lot about teaching music, simply by observing how students think and what logical scheme or model work for each one of them. It does not have to necessarily have anything to do with music; any point of reference is good. I believe, this is probably one the most essential thing I will point out to you as your guide through your learning journey. I will guide you to discover what it means to learn how to learn something and how to think about learning music the same way you think about learning anything else in your life. I am positive that you will not regret it and will immensely benefit from my approach. I have had myself teachers that taught me how to think more than anything else and it serves as my foundation till this day. I am convinced that it'll become yours too.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to know everything you are interested in first, including beyond musical influences etc. and what are you here to learn about. Then, I will specifically design your lesson to the area of your interests, unless you would prefer to go with my own core of education and suggestions about the things I think you should be working on to get you where you want to be. I'll make it as difficult as it needs to be, depending on whether you want to do it just for fun or you are thinking about professional career in music in the future. Also, we can work on many areas at the same for instance, learning piano, era training, theory, harmony, and sight reading, if that's doable for you. I'll work at your pace, though I'd like to make it as consistent as possible. My students always have results and fast. I would like you to think about studying music with me as something that will encompass and relate to virtually anything in your life; spiritually, and artistically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano-Casio Privia

*** Travel Equipment ***
It's strongly recommended that they own upright piano or some kind of electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical and jazz piano, improvisation, voicing (jazz/commercial/popular music syntax), theory, jazz theory, arranging, composition, compositional techniques, ear-training, transcribing techniques etc.

Photos and Videos

These are unedited, complete takes from my recording session at Piano Forte Chicago recorded back in February of 2011.


show band pianist

May 2009 - Present
RCCL, Carnival, Cunard, Princess

I have an extensive background as an accompanist and studio/session player. I have also spent few years playing with an orchestra for several cruise lines in the business.


MM in jazz studies

Aug 2006 - May 2008
New England Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

Polish, English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Prize, and a special mention at the International Composition Competition

May 2013
Rachmaninoff Society of Darmstadt


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 2008

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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jakub R. Oct 5, 2014
Piano · In home
My mentor Mr. Jakub is both a great pianist and teacher. I've been with him for about a year. He enjoys teaching music theory when he has the chance and is very patient with the mistakes I make. I would recommend him as a teacher to anyone wishing to excel in the field of musical arts.

Lawrence Chen
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