Play Piano. Your Muse Will Follow.
Unleash Your Inner Virtuoso
If you are new to the piano, Charlie will introduce you to the art of practice and help you gain the skills you need to play the music you love. If you are an experienced musician, Charlie will help you expand your skills and deepen your relationship with the piano.
Just getting started? Charlie will help you learn to...
- play the piano with artistry and skill.
- practice with passion and enthusiasm.
- read music fluently.
Already play? Charlie will help you...
- refine your technique
- expand your repertoire
- develop your practice skills
Want to create your own music? With Charlie you can...
- learn to improvise creatively.
- develop original arrangements of music you love.
- compose your own music and write your own songs
Piano lessons with Charlie feature...
- the convenience of home visits. Charlie comes to you so you spend less time in the car and more time making music.
- access to Improvilirium!, Charlie's unique resource for improvisation, ear training, and music theory.
Charlie's students benefit from...
- Charlie's fluency and interests across a broad range of musical styles.
- Charlie's skills as a performer, songwriter, and composer.
- Charlie's 30 years of private lesson and classroom teaching experience.
Improvisation and The Art of Play
The study of musical improvisation is a great way to explore the connection between ears, fingers, practice and play.
Study improvisation with Charlie and you will learn how to...
- hear essential patterns and relationships in the music you love.
- understand the structure behind the sound.
- improvise at the piano and experience the thrill of being able to create your own great music.
Improvilirium! and The Art of Learning
Improvilirium! The Beginning Pianist's Comprehensive Guide to the Joyful Art of Improvisation is a unique resource for beginning pianists of all ages. Distilling insights and strategies from master improvisers and featuring over 300 original songs, etudes, and exercises, Improvilirium! teaches students to trust their ears, "think" with their hands, and play from the heart.
Enjoy the Convenience of Piano Lessons in Your Home
With home visits, you spend less time behind the wheel and more time playing piano. Because lessons take place in your home, Charlie can offer observations and advice that are specific to the piano you play every day. And, because Charlie comes to you, maintaining continuity of instruction is as easy as answering the doorbell.
Charlie offers, at no additional charge, home visits in Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Cambridge, and nearby communities in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Lessons are also available at Charlie's studio in Jamaica Plain. Home visits outside of Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Cambridge may be subject to additional charges.
- that the art of play is central to the art of learning.
- that improvisation, ear training, and music theory are core elements of a great musical education.
- that great musicianship grows from love, patience, and perseverance..
- that great music is defined by the authenticity and passion we bring to it.
- that lessons taught with creativity, conviction, and a sense of humor create passionate and joyful musicians.