Skidmore SJE 12.1.12

This semester I had the privilege of returning to Skidmore College to teach jazz piano and coach combos in the music department. The video below shows my student combos’ final performance. If you missed it live, the online stream is the next best thing. Special thanks go to Mark Vinci and George Muscatello for their excellent work coaching with me, the Skidmore Music Department for their support, and all the great work by the students. Enjoy!

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The start of every school year is always full of excitement. There are new classes, new students, new colleagues, and the possibilities of a fresh start. For me this year, the start of the year also included excitement and anticipation for my new role as a visiting lecturer at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. As a Skidmore alum, it has been an honor to come back and work with former professors as my new colleagues!

During my first two weeks I heard over 30 students’ placement auditions for small jazz combos. Then I auditioned students for private lessons in my piano studio. Then I scheduled the 5 small jazz combos for the semester. Then ran my first three rehearsals. Then taught my class study of jazz piano. It has certainly been a whirlwind.

With the addition of my private students, this coming week will be my first full week of teaching. In addition to my duties here, I hope to continue practicing and writing for my next recording project, as well as line up some gigs here as well as back in CT and/or Boston, Providence, and New York City. Stay tuned for more updates…