I am a professional musician and software developer, and while I have been writing and playing music and working in IT I have always been teaching. I love to share what I have learned.
I studied jazz arranging, composition and bass at Berklee College of Music and privately with Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi and several others, and have freelanced as a bassist for over 30 years. I've taught music privately throughout that time, and have taught at residencies for kids with profound medical challenges. I love Jazz, R&B, Blues, Folk, Progressive Rock, and a lot of other music that may defy categorization. I am particularly interested in finding ways of relieving physical stress in playing, and in developing techniques that let us play without pain.
I also have a Bachelors degree in Comp Sci, and have worked in the IT field for over 25 years. I started at Liberty Mutual Insurance, and worked there for 10 years as an IT instructor, R&D specialist, and technical lead. After that I led software projects at Columbia University and NYU developing systems to support clinical research. I have done robotics programming at the Neurological Institute of New York, I am a partner in my own software company, and I have taught LEGO robotics for grades K-8 as a specialist for several years. Java is one of my specialties, I've been using it since 1997.
I am a working pro and a parent; I offer not only the nuts and bolts of the subjects I teach, but also professional perspective and patience. I know that there are several different styles of learning and I'm committed to finding the way each of my students learns best.
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