FALL 2023 - I have started leading family music classes at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Fort Sheridan, IL. I am excited to be teaching at this nationally known music school. My classes at MYAC involve young children and the grown-ups who take care of them. Live musical experiences are vitally important for children and I am proud to be presenting such experiences to families across Lake County.
You can find out more about the Music and Movement classes at MYAC here
These classes are in addition to the Music Together classes I lead in Lake Bluff and Libertyville.
You can find out more about my Music Together classes here
I give formal music lessons to children and adults and I have been teaching music full-time since the last century! (1999)
I do private instruction on Piano, Guitar, Drums.
If your family lives around Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, or Highwood, you're in my area.
My first collection of jazz originals is available here. Some of the pieces are straight-ahead jazzy, some are, um, crossovers. (Crossing. Get it?) Where are they crossing over to? you ask. Give 'em a listen and tell me what your thoughts are on that subject.
A visual sound experiment, inspired by some of my Vox Spectra work.
I modified one of my Vox Spectra performances to run on on-line, and you (yes you!) get to try it out. It's a "flash" program, so if you have Adobe Flash installed on your device, have at it.
Different results every time you mess with it.
Note: This on-line experience is in "beta" mode, it is still being tested and refined. Your comments on its specific behavior--as well as your general impressions and suggestions for improvement--would be, as they say, greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me (link up top on the left).
No less than the Wall Street Journal recently published an article (October 10th) that summarizes the latest research into the notion that children who actively participate in music-making are, well, just plain smarter and become better students. The article also mentions that, somewhere in passing, that making music is just plain fun, so music study is sort of a win-win scenario.
This article, on the web site dottedmusic.com is called Benefits of Classical Music Training although I think it would be more appropriate to call it Formal Music Training. Whatever. In any case, here are some points to consider about what methodology to use when learning how to play a musical instrument. (And your own voice counts as a musical instrument--what is more musical than us humans!)