Teaching music has always been a very rewarding experience for me. I’ve been a musician and a teacher for 30 years, studied and played all kinds of music, traveled to many countries, met many wonderful musicians and singers, and always had a lot of fun. From an early age I played piano, guitar and bass, and I began playing with everybody: rock bands, dance bands, weddings, corporate parties, concerts, recordings, school graduations, etc. I played Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Movie Themes, Brazilian, Latin, Israeli, and everything else. I did intensive Ear Training, and over the years developed the ability to learn new songs in minutes, figure out melodies and chords, change keys, and write parts and arrangements for musicians, bands, choirs, etc. All those experiences in music opened so many doors and nurtured me, and I soon learned how to capture what makes each song special, the secret of playing in a way that touches people’s hearts, and that made me want to become a teacher.
My approach to teaching is to have fun and help students discover the fascinating world of music, and incorporate everything I’ve learned to make lessons interesting.
I believe playing music is not just about notes and chords, each student is unique, and it is the teacher’s job to make a connection and find out if they’re interested in learning to read music, playing and singing for family and friends, school recitals, high school band, start their own band, or recording original songs.
That’s why during lessons we do a lot of stuff. Of course we have to use books and do some scales and theory to learn the language of music, but we also play melodies, introductions, play chords during verses and choruses, instrumental solos, learn "who plays what part" in a band situation, practice different grooves and rhythms, and work with arranger keyboards and drum machines.
For more challenging tasks, we learn how to figure out songs by ear, transpose songs to comfortable singing keys, write music with “Finale” notation software, create original tracks with “Cakewalk” Midi sequencing program, and anything necessary to prepare for live performances and realistic situations.
I care about teaching, and I’ve received compliments over the years about making the lessons interesting and fun, keeping students motivated, and being very patient. I am proud of what I do, and the special connection I achieve with my students.
If you love music, we already have a special connection.
Music is very powerful, and playing an instrument brings great joy to the soul.
My goal is to inspire you, and to help you make music a big part of your life.