- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I want to help you be more creative with your unique musical expression. I fell in love with music as a child and want to pass on my love of music to help others to grow musically. I have spent the past 50 years performing and teaching music in just about every setting in New York and Los Angeles. I have taught many adults and children on all levels from beginner to advanced and professional musicians. I work on piano technique, Jazz improvisation, composition, music theory, and music production. I have also coached many pro and semi-pro musicians to advance and develop their careers. I will do whatever it takes to help you grow your music to the next level. I love teaching and look forward to finding out how I can help you reach your musical goals.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
I am a Professional recording artist, in the field of Jazz and World music. I have multiple CDs out that have been played and sold internationally. In my performing career I tour internationally performing both original music and World music. In my own music, I for a very long time have been interested in the meeting of rhythm and beautiful harmony. Growing up in 60s and 70s I had the very good fortune to hear many of the legends of Jazz ( and to study with a few of them-Victor Feldman, Clare Fisher, and Mike Garson were some of my teachers). I have bachelors degree in music, and a Masters degree in Film Composition from the Grove Music Conservatory in LA.
Along with my own musical interests, I have also always loved to teach music. I enjoy helping to grow others musianship- whatever this means. I teach all levels and ages. I think that the fundamentals of music, such as piano technique, theory and music reading are all important; but I also think all musical subjects should be taught in a way that allows for the growth of the student's own creativity and personal self expression. I have taught Jazz improvisation to many students, along with music composition, song writing, applied music theory , and music production. I also have coached many professional music careers to advance in new creative ways in the musical world. Also , I have worked with special needs kids, teaching them music and helped them to open up to the world of musical possibilities.
I believe that each person has their own unique song to sing, and that music is the tool to release this song and let it fly. It is only a matter of hewing away through the layers to release the diamond that is hidden inside.
I played and taught professionally for 50 years. In that time I have performed internationally, while making my home in LA and later in New York City. I have recorded many original works, and been on other's albums.
Richard has taught the piano to members of our family for the past 12 years. When i decided to take lessons myself, i quickly developed a love for the process and an appreciation for my progress. When Richard suggested we continue our lessons through WhatsApp FaceTime after learning in person for a year, i decided to give it a try and have not regretted it. The lessons are efficient and Richard manages to keep me interested and challenged, with a great balance of technical and practical tips that help me enjoy so much my progress .Show More
Richard is great to work with. Flexible and patient. Our daughter had no previous knowledge of music and now can play music by reading the music.
It's wonderful to have a teacher who also uses niggunim as lesson material.
Richard is a top musician and an amazing teacher. He teaches methodically and with expertise. My son learned so well and plays beautifully (despite learning exclusively via video chat!).
We are so happy we did this, my son plays proudly by small events we make at home.
Thank you Richard!
Richard taught my boy how to play amazingly. He’s very talented and patient. So many have learned from him. There’s just something about how he teaches it so well !
I have taken piano jazz improvisation lessons with Richard for three years. He has been the most patient, supportive, caring and knowledgable piano teacher one could ask for. He combined theory, classical and improv in a way that made it understandable, interesting and fun. I highly recommend Richard!Show More
My oldest 11-year-old son has been taking piano lessons by Richard for almost a year now and the results are outstanding, my son has advanced much faster than average and he enjoyed playing the piano very much, he can play many sounds and our home has become very musical in a very pleasant way.
I highly recommend Richard as a teacher he is very patient and professional, he is very good with young childran getting started, the introduction he gives the child on his first leason is very important, it gives the child a true understanding of all the benefits of playing music and developing your talent for music and how music can become someone's life and make other people happy, i hope to also send my other childran for leassons when they get older
Richard has been my teacher for quite some years and has taught me an enormous amount of skills and theory and has taught me to be a better pianist! He’s an incredibly talented musician and an amazing teacher.
I have been taught by Richard for almost 8 years, and counting. He’s a phenomenal teacher, he explains concepts well, he has patience, he’s very clear, you feel comfortable asking any questions, and not to mention plays piano like a champ. There aren’t many teachers like him. I’d recommend him any day to anyone who wants to really understand the theory of music, and pave a future path in piano playing.Show More