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Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Performance at its best is not just playing music correctly. It means being aware of the emotions of your audience and interacting with that.

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Richard teaches



Richard passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Richard delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 1981

I can take any student to the pro level within a year with my unique color-coded methods. I was educated at Interlochen Arts Academy, near Traverse City, Michigan. I taught the bass player for LeVert how to play keyboards with LeVert. His name was Mike Ferguson. If you want to be a star and you are willing to work, I can get you there too. On the other hand whatever age you are, if this is just a hobby for you I can definitely help you to enjoy it.

If you love jazz improvisation, I can show you how to navigate the Real Book & if you want to play with a band I will show you how.

I now have an internet compatible color scanner and printer. Its a bit like having an electronic blackboard for the lessons. Ask me about what that can mean for us!

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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3 Semesters as Psychology Major
Sep 1969 - Feb 1971
Case Western Reserve University
Diploma. Piano, Theory, and Composition Major, Academics Minor
Sep 1967 - Jun 1969
Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan


Parisian (rather than Quebequois) French
Professional Proficiency


Karl Lemmerman Prize for Poetry
Jun 1970
Case Western Reserve University

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25 Reviews

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Jordan Jul 10, 2019
Piano · Online

Great first lesson really enjoyed Richards time look forward to the next lesson

Tammie T. Jun 10, 2019
Piano · Online

Richard was awesome. I had a wonderful 1st lesson with him and look forward to many more!!!

Andrew P. Apr 23, 2019
Piano · Online

Richard is incredible. I've learned more and can play better in 1 month than I did with other teachers in 5 months. I can already play simple songs! He teaches in a very natural way and it really does make a world of difference, especially for us adults. He is extremely knowledgeable in all the different play styles and methods of teaching them, and his responsiveness is unparalleled when you're stuck on something between lessons.

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Elizabeth M. Apr 22, 2019
Piano · Online

Fantastic teacher

Robin U. Nov 15, 2018
Piano · Online

Aaron C. Aug 2, 2018
Piano · Online

Great lesson! Rick was able to break down advanced theory into bit size pieces. I learned a lot and looking forward to the next lesson.

Aaron C. Aug 2, 2018
Piano · Online


Colin Jun 3, 2018
Piano · Online

Colin Jan 6, 2018
Piano · Online

He is fantastic!

Kyle C. Dec 15, 2017
Piano · Online

His is great teacher. Very patient to my son. My son likes him. Thanks,

Alex Oct 24, 2017
Piano · Online

Great guy. Very clear and unique teaching design!

Emma Aug 23, 2017
Piano · Online

Richard has been very patient with my 8 year old. He makes sure my daughter understands the lesson and always gives her homework to work on to show him the next week. He is tuning in to her love for playing the piano! She looks forward to her lessons every week.

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Hani S. Apr 18, 2017
Piano · Online

My 15 years son love his first lesson. Richard was great, very professional, and patient.

Max J. Mar 13, 2017
Piano · Online

Brianna Feb 16, 2017
Piano · Online


Rachel K. Nov 29, 2016
Piano · Online

I really enjoyed this piano lesson. I really look at the piano a lot differently than I did before and I love learning!

Lorraine S. Oct 21, 2016
Piano · Online

I had a very good first lesson with richard i had a fun time with it

David W. Oct 7, 2016
Piano · Online

Richard truly enjoys teaching music theory. He has given me so far a better understanding of how music is related to our feelings and moods. I hope to take what he gives me and further my knowledge to playing by ear and improvising on piano.

David W.

Aurora D. Oct 5, 2016
Piano · Online

My first lesson was fantastic,terrific, well self explanatory, I enjoyed,Richard is a very good & patience instructor,am a beginner, and I'm already amazed with what I learn. Looking forward to my next class.

Nikkie S. Aug 22, 2016
Piano · Online

Rich is very patient and knowledgeable about piano and easy to work with.

Wesley Aug 4, 2016
Piano · Online

Richard's color system works great to conceptualize moods expressed on the keyboard. I enjoyed my first lesson very much!

Joyce Apr 20, 2016
Piano · In studio

Richard is a very patient teacher. He is wise and experienced. He is able to support individuals at a variety of levels of instructional need.

Matt Apr 19, 2016
Synthesizer · In home

Rick didn't just arrange songs for my lyrics. He got me writing the songs myself for the words and tunes in my head. I'm using chord progressions I thought I'd never master!

Tim Feb 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very experienced. Was able to get me playing and keep me interested.

Ed Feb 16, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Rick is a very good teacher. His knowledge of music theory is outstanding. He knows how to teach drills & technique so that you not only understand the theory behind the music, but you know how to play it as well! I recommend him wholeheartedly.

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