Skype™ Lessons - Information
Comments from students:
“Dan is a world-class jazz pianist and jazz educator as well. My improvisation has greatly improved as a result of studying with Dan. I notice it on the gig as well as during my practice, and so have my musician friends. When I started with him he was able to listen to me play and immediately knew what to start working on, picking up right where I was; not beneath my ability or knowledge, but just enough ahead to be challenging. But while constantly challenging my ability, he is very patient, encouraging, and understanding of my efforts and feelings as a student. I have a pretty good background in jazz theory, but Dan is always showing and telling me things I never thought of, or was unaware of from scale theory and patterns to chord structure, substitutions, and facts I did not know about tunes even though I may have played them for years. Dan has my highest respect as a player and teacher, and my highest recommendation.”
"I have been a student of Jazz for many years, so I like to think that I have a fairly good grasp of theoretical concepts like scales, modes, and chord-scale relationships. Studying with Dan has helped me develop as a player by addressing not only what to play (scales and modes and their relationships to chords) but how to combine those elements in a musical way. I have particularly enjoyed the “minimalistic” approach of the “Magic Motives” and to appreciate how we can construct excellent musical ideas from a limited amount of “prime elements”, incorporating concepts like sequence, repetition, connection of guide tones, and melodic development. Dan has also stimulated me to adopt new practice habits like playing patterns (that are eventually internalized and incorporated into creative improvisation), and composing solos based on standard tunes. Any musician, not only piano players, can benefit greatly from his lessons, since the focus is on music. Lessons are always done in the context of Jazz tunes. As a saxophone player, he has provided me with valuable feedback about issues that apply to any instrument, such as good time, intonation and articulation. I look forward to continuing learning from his lessons."
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Online students - general info
When we have a lesson, you and I see each other on the computer but are also able to play a keyboard. Sometimes I demonstrate what I want you to do and then ask you to play it. I assign music to learn and we talk about how to make the improvisation sound good with the harmony of the song. It is also helpful if you have some kind of playalong available but not absolutely necessary. You might have a playalong CD such as one of the Jamey Aebersold or Hal Leonard series, Band-in-a-Box or the iReal Pro program which is available for the Apple computer and the Android or iPhone. You should definitely have a good quality metronome!
I will also assign exercises for you to practice to develop more jazz vocabulary. I listen to you play and critique what you are doing. Sometimes I ask you questions about a piece to see if you understand what to do. Of course, you may always ask questions about any aspect of playing that interests you and I will try to answer them!
I record a video as we are having a lesson . It is split-screen so you will see both yourself and me. Then you can review the lesson as much as you want in case you don't remember something I said. I post the video on DropBox and send you a link to download it. Then you can keep it as long as you want.
I teach mainly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Give me a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of days and times and I will see where I can fit you into my schedule. I also need to know what time zone you are in!
As a new student, you are entitled to two lessons at a discounted price of $80 so you can try it out. After that, the regular lesson fee is $50 per lesson. Most of my students take lessons weekly but you may take them weekly, every two weeks or once a month. The frequency of lessons is up to you but I will reserve a time and day for you that will be available as often as you want it.You may pay for each lesson separately but my weekly students prefer to pay for the whole month at one time. Be sure that you have a good internet connection wherever you do the lessons!
I will have Pay Pal send you an invoice for the first two discounted lessons. Payment is due the day before the lessons begin.
You can take lessons on either Skype™ or Facetime™
You will need:
2. Or the FaceTime™ application (included with Apple computers)
2. A computer with either a built-in or peripheral video camera and a piano or keyboard nearby.
3. A credit card or PayPal™ account for payment.
To set up a lesson on either Skype™ or FaceTime™:
Click on the "Email" button on the home page and send me a request of a couple of days and times to arrange a lesson. Be sure to tell me your location so I can plan for the time difference in scheduling. I will try to give you your preferred time! Lessons are mainly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays but other arrangements are possible. Lessons may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or randomly, whatever works best for your schedule!
The lesson fee is $50 for a 45 minute lesson . Special discount for new students: Two 1/2 hour lessons for $80!
After a time is arranged, you will receive an invoice with instructions for payment through PayPal™
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When I receive notification of your payment, we can proceed with the lesson as arranged. Thanks for your interest in expanding your knowledge of music!
I am now providing a video of each lesson, free at no extra charge!