Private Lessons with Andy LaVerne
Andy LaVerneís teaching credentials and experience are vast and varied. He
is Professor of Jazz Piano at the famed Hartt School (University of
Hartford), on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, given
clinics and Masterclasses at schools around the world, has written and
produced instructional videos, articles, books, and playalongs. He also has
a loyal and sizeable group of private students. Since his days as a student
at Juilliard, and his private studies with Bill Evans, he has shared his
knowledge with a great many gifted musicians, many of who have gone on to
very successful careers in music. Whether your goal is becoming a world
class player, or just a part time music enthusiast, Andy can help guide you
there. His thoughtful musical diagnosis, and individually tailored straight
forward program blends theory, technique, and creativity. Now you
can study privately with Andy!
1) In person lessons with Andy at his studio in NY. Andy has a 7í
Yamaha Disklavier Piano (acoustic piano which records and plays back). This
is a great teaching tool, a student can record and playback for analysis.
Andy has a library of Disklavier disks of such artists as, Chick Corea, Bill
Evans, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, George Shearing, Teddy Wilson, Richie
Beirach, Warren Bernhardt, Andy LaVerne, and others. This is an invaluable
resource for listening and analysis. A tone generator enables instant play
along rhythm section recordings, which can be tailored to each studentís
needs and abilities, i.e., keys, tempos, tunes, and progressions. Also
available is the ability to record the lesson in a number of formats:
Cassette tape, mini disk, Yamaha Disklavier disks, standard midi files.
Video recording of the lesson is also available. (VHS/mini DV/DVD).
2) Lessons via phone. You sit at your piano at home; Andy is at his
piano. The next best thing to being there!
3) Lessons via audio recording. Cassette tape or mini disc formats
are available. You send Andy the tape or disc with a sample of your playing.
Andy sends the tape or disc back with a complete lesson tailored to your
needs. Written materials may be included with the audio recordings.
4) Lessons via video recordings. Formats available are VHS/mini DV/DVD).
Similar to the audio recording option, with visuals.
5) Lessons via midi files. Andy generates midi files directly from
the Yamaha Disklavier acoustic piano. Can be solo piano, or ensemble. Great
for voicings, lines, time feel, comping, etc.
6) Lessons via Internet. Perhaps the most exciting of all. Equipment
required: High-speed Internet connection, Instant Messaging program (Mac or
PC), Web Cam (video camcorder, iSight, etc.), and piano or keyboard. You sit
at your piano; Andy's at his. You see and hear both in real time, in stereo.