I want to help you become more confident using your ears, improvising, and playing the repertoire that inspires you! I am always trying to hone my skills as a teacher by identifying the best ways each student learns and adapting my teaching methods to fit them. I grew up jamming with my family and knew right away that I wanted to be a musician just like my dad. I was classically trained and competed regularly in piano competitions throughout the Midwest before attending the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati as a jazz piano major. Right after graduation, I moved to New York to earn my Masters of Music in jazz piano performance at the Eastman School of Music.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2012
Master of Music (M.M.) Jazz Piano Performance & Contemporary Media
Teaches ages 5+
Has background check
If you're looking for a teacher, you caught a break here. The search is over. Max is your guy. He's a phe-nom-on-al teacher - he's super smart (but not in an irritating way), and he really seems to know how to teach the student what they're ready to learn, as opposed to just telling them what he knows. He has an awesome sense for how the student learns - and when they're ready for more. (He let me jump around from topic to topic and idea to idea, which is how I learn.) His approach to the hard stuff is relaxed and easy-going. He makes you work for it, without SEEMING like you're working for it. I returned to basic theory much later in life, and Max made it SO easy. I'm now playing the old standards by ear, and arranging as I play, and - bonus! - understanding what I'm doing. That's because of Max. He's THAT good! Thank you, Max! And, you - new person looking for a teacher...you found him!