Teaching & Consulting

Ever since I first heard the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” as a teenager, I’ve been fascinated by the art and science of music technology, and how it contributes to the process of creative music making.

A few years later, I started teaching others how to use this technology for their own creative expression, and I haven’t stopped since. My goal has always been to empower people to create their music as effectively, economically, and independently as possible, using whatever tools are currently available.

Over the years, I have taught countless individuals, usually in their home studios, as well as hundreds of classes in various New York and New Jersey schools. As a consultant, I provide whatever technical support and coaching my clients may need to work effectively and complete their projects, from software and hardware installation and trouble-shooting, to MIDI production, engineering, editing, and mixing.

Subjects I teach

(with some overlap)

  • sound synthesis
  • sampling
  • home recording
  • MIDI
  • computer-based music production
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • ProTools (as an Avid-certified instructor)
  • Digital Performer
  • hand drumming

Where I’ve taught

  • New School University (NYC)
  • Harvestworks/Studio PASS (NYC)
  • Mannes School of Music (NYC)
  • High Tech High School (N. Bergen, NJ)
  • Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • Institute of Audio Research (NYC)
  • P.S. 24 Elementary School (Paterson, NJ)

Some notable students and clients

Yusef Lateef

Grammy-winning jazz artist

Chico O’farrill

composer/arranger (best known for his Latin jazz projects with The Machito Band, Dizzie Gillespie, and other jazz luminaries)

Roma Baran

producer (Laurie Anderson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle)

Lucy Simon

singer/songwriter/composer (best known for her musical “The Secret Garden”, and recordings with her sister Carly Simon)

Charlie Clouser

film and TV composer (formerly of Nine Inch Nails)

Mike Mandel

TV composer and keyboardist (formerly keyboardist with Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House; currently composing music for The Ellen Degeneres Show, TMZ, and various other programs)

Donald Stark

theater composer and sound designer (known for his work with various NJ-based theater companies)

Scott Killian

dance/theater composer and sound designer (known for his work with various NY-based dance and theater companies)

Michael Palmieri

contemporary classical composer

Other

various clients of the NY and Pennsylvania Commissions for the Blind