I have been a professional musician for 30 years in Nashville and now I live in NYC. I teach all levels of piano, keyboards (playing and programming and associated software), music theory, and vocal coaching specifically for musical theater.
I have had experience playing in the recording studio, music direction, conducting, arranging/composing, producing, and teaching. Students can branch out and learn any of these subjects/areas as they would like.
I encourage learner based learning, that is, the student's questions lead us to where the student wants to go and what they want to learn. It's my job to get them there. Otherwise, I approach music teaching based on a student's interests and explore possibilities from there. I am a firm believer in playing/practicing...you get out of it what you put into it.
I enjoy teaching students who are able to read music at a fundamental level, but I am happy to teach reading music as well...but reading music is the foundation for the entire journey.
Music is a language. And just as most people are proficient at a language, the whole point of being able to speak is to express yourself. To me, the endgame of teaching is to help the student master the language well enough to say what they want to say through music.
I have taught a myriad of different kinds of students...from piano beginners to composers to musical theater vocal students to other professionals.
I have taught formally off and on over the course of my professional career, and even when I am not formally taking on students, I teach music or how to improve musical performance to actors, beginning keyboard players, fledgling songwriters, or anyone who is trying to get better at their craft.
Recently, I have had composing students who are composing for independent films in their city as a result of my teaching.
I teach students how to express themselves musically whether through written down music or through improvisation. I teach students how to play synthesizers/keyboards, which is very different from playing the piano. I teach students how to compose music for film and how to find the right music for the emotion depicted on the screen.
I attended Luther College in Iowa and majored in music as a pianist. While there, I toured with one of the preeminent college choirs in the country under the direction of Weston Noble.
I graduated from Taylor University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition.
I attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in graduate piano performance, but left after a year to pursue my professional career in recording in Nashville, TN.
I play all kinds of music: classical, broadway, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and some country. I have composed for each of those genres as well. I improvise as well as sight read professionally, either from reading chord charts or from reading written music.
Rollie and I have worked together for nearly 10 years in various capacities. We met when I was a young actor and he was my music director. He quickly became my favorite person to work with and I have the upmost respect for him. Six years ago I opened up a non-profit youth theater company and I knew immediately that I wanted him involved. Rollie is the best at what he does. He is professional, brilliant and passionate about every project. I just adore him and would trust him with anything. We miss him terribly, but are excited to know that others will be able to learn form him!
Rollie taught music to a number of adults and students when he worked with me for over six years. He is highly skilled, patient, and supportive. He also gave me lessons on piano, as well, and was a great instructor!
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