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University of Utah (Music)
If you're looking for expertise in music, I'm your tutor. I've spent many years teaching jazz piano and jazz keyboard harmony to students, and I have performed in concerts with some of the great jazz instrumentalists - for example, Bobby McFerrin, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Watrous, Don Menza, and Larry Coryell.
I have performed in night clubs (Vitello's - Studio City, CA), concert venues (Rose Wagner - SLC, UT), and jazz festivals.
My experience includes musical transcription and arranging. I have composed/recorded music for film documentaries, CDs (my own and for hire) and written big band and orchestral arrangements for hire.
I currently teach at a university and a college. Though I may give the same material to many students, I give students the tools by which they can not only learn, but explore and teach themselves.
Contact me, and let's work together!
If you're looking for expertise in music, I'm your tutor. I've spent many years teaching jazz piano and jazz keyboard harmony to students, and I have performed in concerts with some of the great jazz instrumentalists - for example, Bobby
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For many years (40+) I have learned music by ear - everything from the most simple music to the most complex. Experience is the best teacher for ear training, and that is what I have an abundance of.
I have also been teaching ear training for many years. I can use the standard method of teaching (solfege - Do, Re, Me). I can teach a method of identifying melodic intervals by the first two pitches of a song that begins with the same interval, and I also have developed a method where students can teach themselves, unassisted, at the piano.
I am highly proficient in jazz performance, theory, composition and arranging.
I have been writing, playing, and teaching music professionally since about 1970. Some of my orchestral arrangements have been recorded -- my best arrangements are on an album with Joey DeFrancesco "When I Look At You".
Performance experience in one's art/craft is essential in demonstrating principles and techniques to students. Therefore, I will first list some of the highlights in my experience as a performer.
I have performed in concert with such jazz greats as Freddie Hubbard, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzutti, Brandon Fields, and many others. I have, in past years, performed with the Utah Symphony as a member of the rhythm section for visiting pop/jazz artists. For the past 12 years I have performed a Christmas concert at a high-profile performance venue in Salt Lake City -- The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. That music is available on CD Baby, or can be streamed on Spotify.
Moving on, here is some of my experience as a teacher.
I have been teaching jazz piano since 1973. I began at a local music studio in Salt Lake City, The Alan Weight Studios. I have taught private applied jazz piano to jazz majors since 1992 at the University of Utah. I also currently teach a lecture class at the University of Utah -- Jazz Keyboard Skills. I began teaching at Salt Lake Community College in 2011 (currently teaching), and also taught at Snow College for two years at that time (the drive from Salt Lake became prohibitive). From 1997-99 I taught jazz piano at BYU.
My experience as a jazz piano teacher is extensive. I have taught ages 14-70. Some students were already accomplished pianists, others beginners. Some began with a sense of playing by ear, some have required ear training.
Under my direction, my students all continue to progress well!