Itai Gal

Itai G.

Jamaica Plain, MA
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Lesson Details

Songwriting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Please see the entry for "composition." We can work on both music and lyrics, and I would be happy to listen to what you are working on and offer suggestions and feedback. Also learn techniques for getting your inspiration back to write more songs and overcome writer's block.
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About

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Itai delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2005

I graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. I have been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for the past ten years. Most of my students are learning piano, and I also have a few Hebrew students. My Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. My piano students have ranged from age 4 to young children learning Classical pieces to teens learning to play the songs they like to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. My strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk, etc.

Please feel free to get in touch and ask questions!

The review posted on my profile was from when I used my English name, Ricky.

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Experience

Hebrew and Judaics Teacher
Dec 2016 - Present
Kesher Newton

I teach conversational and written modern Hebrew and Chumash to grades 4 and 5.

Outdoor Educator
Jun 2016 - Dec 2016
Teva (summer and fall programs)

• Participated in a tour of summer camps leading activities about sustainability
• Adapted Teva (nature) curriculum to various age groups and to the needs of each camp
• Led communal singing
• Led groups of students in grades 5-6 in multi-day experiential programs
• Developed lessons that incorporate Torah, ecology, and environmentalism
• Facilitated Shacharit services that are consistent with day school practices
• Cultivated a group identity among the students through music, games, and ritual

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Religious School Teacher
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek

• Incorporated role-playing and art into the study of Sefer Shemot for grades 5-6
• Developed a project-based curriculum that connected Torah to social justice
• Taught the prayers and blessings of the Torah service

Lead Community Educator
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
BIMA (summer program)

• Mentored high school students in writing songs and playing in bands
• Lived in dormitory, held meetings, shaped communal norms, and mediated conflicts
• Encouraged and developed the students’ leadership in planning Shabbat programming
• Provided engaging programming during recreational time

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Hebrew Teacher
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Temple Beth Shalom of Needham

• Taught Hebrew decoding, prayers, and blessings to grades 4-6.

Song Leader
Mar 2013 - Jun 2013
92nd St. YM/YWHA

• Taught Hebrew words, Jewish concepts, stories, and holidays through song

Bunk Counselor
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
Eden Village Camp

• Engaged sixth grade campers in activities throughout entire day
• Established and maintained wake-up, bedtime, meal, and transition time rituals

After-School Counselor
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Manhattan Youth

• Aided activity specialists in chess, sports, Karate, art, cooking, piano, and drumming
• Accompanied dance and drama classes on the piano, substituting for specialists
• Led a weekly musical activity during recess

Keyboard Instructor
Jul 2007 - Jul 2011
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (summers only)

•Team-taught a keyboard class of mixed ages and levels.
•Worked with co-teachers to plan a week-long curriculum that emphasized cooperation and creativity and created a supportive learning environment.
•Classes included popular songs, basic accompaniment and improvisation techniques, and using the keyboard as a percussion or timbre-driven instrument.

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Music Teacher
Sep 2008 - Jun 2010
New Settlement Apartments

•Developed and implemented a music curriculum that included vocal technique, song performance, and songwriting.
•Selected repertoire, prepared students for performances, and accompanied students on piano during class and performances.
•Mentored students on compositions they have created on the piano and on Apple Garageband.

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Music Specialist
Sep 2008 - Aug 2009
Rainbow Rhymes

•Developed and implemented lesson plans for ages 5-13 that included singing and rhythm games.
•Directed musical recitals that involved choral musical theater songs

Piano Teacher
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008
Keys to Success Music School

•Adhered to the curriculum requirements of the school while using creative and motivating methods to teach piano to children and young adults.

Song Leader
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled

•Conducted a sing-along class for developmentally disabled adults, and created a fun environment that encouraged participation on all levels.

Education

Master of Jewish Education
Sep 2013 - Jun 2016
Hebrew College
Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - Jan 2006
SUNY Purchase

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Hebrew
Fluent / Native Proficiency

2 Reviews

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lorraine Mar 21, 2017
Piano · In home

My first lesson was everything I hoped for from start to finish. I haven't played piano for many years & wanted to begin by using a keyboard as a learning tool--to recapture dexterity and reading ability. I emerged with a better grasp of basics & even a little music theory--exactly as I had requested. Itai is a wonderfully patient teacher & I am looking forward to next week.

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Vesna S. Jan 7, 2013
Piano ·

Ricky is an amazingly creative and inspiring teacher.

Ricky has been teaching my daughter for last 5 years. My daughter is now 15 years old. She already played piano for a couple of years before Ricky started working with her and at that time was getting disinterested. We were looking for someone who would bring that interest and spark back into her playing piano. I was looking for a special teacher who can teach basics of improvisation and accompaniment to a young child. After talking with several potential teachers, we decided to work with Ricky.

Ricky has proven to be an amazing teacher for my daughter. He is patient, creative and able to adjust to the child’s needs. I was amazed when couple of months after my daughter started working with him; she was already improvising and playing really cool pieces of music. That kind of teaching has inspired my daughter to continue playing piano for the last 5 years. She has accompanied two of her friends singing at her school talent shows and graduation ceremony with encouragement and inspiration Ricky has provided her all along.

Ricky frequently encourages my daughter to pick her own songs she would like to work on. Ricky has a strong knowledge of music theory and has incorporated that in his lessons. I love that my daughter is learning music theory, improvisation, accompaniment and reading music all with the same teacher. It is not easy to find a teacher who is so creative to include all of these in his teaching method. I would highly recommend Ricky as a piano teacher for any age.

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