Jack Slavin
New York, NY
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Jack Slavin

Jack S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Jack has been teaching piano for 7 years and maintains an active studio of children, teenagers, and adults with diverse musical interests. Jack began his classical piano training at the Manhattan School of Music and continued his studies at the University of Chicago.

About Jack S.

Jack Slavin is a music educator, aspiring musicologist, and pianist.

Jack’s musical training began at the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Sheryl Canellakis from 2005 to 2015. While in school, Jack performed in several New York venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. He performed in the Lincoln Center Young Musician’s Concert and served on the board of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Student Producers.

Jack continued his piano studies as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Economics in June 2019. His senior thesis, "Commemoration and Nostalgia in the Music of Mikael Tariverdiev for ‘Seventeen Moments of Spring’ " earned him departmental honors and the Leonard B. Meyer Prize for Musical Excellence. Jack hopes to pursue his interests in Soviet musical traditions and film music in graduate school.

Jack is an assistant teacher at Stellar Music Space, where he gives private piano and violin/viola lessons. He also teaches on a freelance basis, works in Customer Relations for the New York Philharmonic, and performs as part of ReSonance Duo with flutist Rebecca Schifilliti. When Jack is not practicing, thinking about practicing, or reading about music, you might find him studying a foreign language or enjoying one of New York City’s many wonderful parks.

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Chris
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Jack is fantastic with working at YOUR pace. I had played piano years ago and wanted to get back into it. Jack was able to adapt exercises on the spot when he could see i was breezing through some things but struggling in other areas. Jack is also a very kind and understanding person - he was accommodating to my financial situation even before COVID. I would recommend Jack to anyone looking to start or brush up on piano.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Claire
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Jack has been absolutely fantastic! My husband and I have had other instructors for our two children but they never worked out. Jack is very patient with them and very enthusiastic about what he teaches them. He is very supportive and has high expectations of them, which is exactly what my family was looking for.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Allison
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Jack is the most lovely teacher. I couldn't recommend him more! He is patient and kind but also incredibly knowledgable. If you're looking for a piano teacher, look no further.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
Marcus A.
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Jack is reliable and lovely with our kids.

Posted Oct 7, 2019
Maria
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Jack is not only professional, but is incredibly friendly and easy to talk to. He's clear in his direction, patient, and highly reliable.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
Lisa B.
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Jack was fabulous! Very patient assessing my prior experience and finding my level, as well as checking the online set-up. His enthusiasm for piano and music theory is contagious!

Posted Sep 12, 2019
Jocelyn
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Jack was very clear, organized, and receptive to my input. He was also great in using his curriculum to support my learning process. I played some instruments growing up and always wanted to try piano but didn't try until college. I initially had some unrealistic goals for myself, and Jack was able to help me set some more reasonable ones while also making sure I was enjoying what I was learning. I can't recommend Jack enough; he's amazing!

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Kevin
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I started taking piano lessons from Jack in my late 20s with absolutely no prior piano experience and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Jack is incredibly knowledgeable about both piano and music theory in general. He's a very patient teacher and has a knack for explaining complicated material on a level that a layperson can understand. I can't recommend Jack enough for musicians at any level looking to improve!

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Petr Panov
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Jack is a very patient instructor, and he explains piano techniques in a clear and understandable fashion. Enjoyed his lessons immensely!

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Rebecca S.
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Jack is very clear and organized. He works with me to accomplish my Italian goals and I already learned so much in the first lesson. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 8, 2019

Experience

Assistant Music Teacher
Jun 2019 - Present

Stellar Music Space

I am currently employed as an assistant music teacher at Stellar Music Space, a private lesson studio in Brooklyn, NY. At Stellar, I teach piano and strings lessons and offer vocal coaching to students of various ages and musical backgrounds.

Piano Instructor
Jun 2012 - Present

Private

I started teaching piano lessons as a hobby while in high school. I am grateful for my informal start in teaching because it led me to formulate the philosophy that has guided my pedagogical approach ever since. Not being glued to rigid, predetermined methods allowed me to see how my students learned best. While at the University of Chicago, I continued to teach and amassed a studio of fifteen private students by the end of my senior year. To this day, I go into each lesson with a flexible mindset and I see my job as helping students achieve their goals, not mine. While it is important to have clear, organized long and short-term plans, I remind myself daily that my work as a teacher must be motivated by my students’ objectives. The greatest difficulty in teaching is that students often practice in a way that does not align with their established goals. It is my job to reconcile the practice method with the long-term objective of the student. Unsurprisingly, students who have agency in the process of learning the piano are more motivated and successful. When choosing repertoire, I never force students to work on pieces they dislike, and I would never value the allegedly proven fundamentals of piano technique more than I value my students’ sense of fulfillment and their love of music.

Student Teaching Assistant
Jul 2014 - Aug 2016

Great Neck Public Schools Summer Music Program

During the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, I worked in the Great Neck Public School District's summer school program. As a student assistant in the music enrichment program, I had the opportunity to work with students one-on-one, to coach small groups, and to lead larger ensembles. I worked primarily in the strings department, teaching beginner violin, viola, cello and intermediate orchestra. I also assisted with the jazz band and chamber music programs as a rehearsal pianist and a small-group coach.

Education

B.A. in Music and Economics
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019

University of Chicago

Certificate
Sep 2005 - May 2015

Manhattan School of Music PreCollege Division

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Professional Proficiency

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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