Andy Wasserman Live Online Music Lessons: Interactive and Personalized in Real-Time Via Video Chat

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Address: 95 W. Main St., Ste 5-277 Chester, New Jersey 07930
Phone Number: (908) 852-9205

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Founder/President/Principal: Andy Wasserman
School Type: Online Live Interactive Personalized Private Music Lessons via webcam Video Chat
Founded: 2010
Mission Statement:

https://andywasserman.com/piano

PERSONALIZED PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME and CUSTOMIZED MUSIC LESSONS ONLINE: Beginner to advanced PIANO: all styles - Pop, Classical, Jazz, Beginner Piano Lessons, Beginning To Intermediate Piano, Piano Lessons for Adults, Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation and Music Arranging, Music Harmony and Chords, Music Composition, Music Arranging, Midi Orchestration, Film & TV Scoring, Piano/songwriter

Music Genres:
American Songbook, Big Band, Bossa Nova, Broadway, Classical Repertoire, Adult Contemporary, Disney, Film Music, TV Music, Video Game Music, Fusion, Jazz, Musical Theater, New Age, Oldies, Pop, Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, R&B, Show Tunes, Soul, World Music, Worship Music

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

https://andywasserman.com/arts-in-ed

When students work with Andy, they benefit greatly by working with someone who is not only an educator, but a full-time professional musician who is involved in the creation of original music and continually focused on the evolution of his own artistry. Andy communicates that intensity of dedication, which in turn inspires and motivates his students to move forward. Music is a total commitment. The aim is to be able to hear it, then play it. This "emotional intelligence" helps a student become an artist, not simply a musician.

As a full time professional musician and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience, Andy approaches every student as an individual regardless of their level. He does not have a preconceived rigid program or use a "cookie-cutter" plan that plugs a person into his methodology. Instead, he sees each student - regardless of age or level - in relation to their potential, addressing the student's own interests and goals and adapting to their strengths and unique talents.

Wasserman's mission is to nurture, motivate and inspire the innate talent within each student. This is achieved by creating a unique program of study that leads to the fulfillment of their complete musical potential. He shares an enthusiastic dedication to his life's work in music, creating a fresh and vibrant atmosphere during the lessons by meeting the challenge to find what is most productive for each student. This educational philosophy allows room for experimentation in terms of course of study, books, and curriculum content. The goal is to allow the student to tap into the positive emotions and mindset that fuel the fire of passion for learning through the joy of music making.

Unlike many other professional musicians who teach, he not only enjoys working with the advanced student, but is humbled and honored to be working with children with no previous experience. This is evident in the comfortable learning atmosphere he creates that fosters the development of a love and appreciation for all that music making can enrich our daily lives.

The study of a musical instrument accelerates the growth of intelligence and establishes a keen sense of personal discipline while nuturing the valuable virtue of patience. By focusing the mind on listening and calming the nerves, music making is one of the healthiest outlets for self-expression, balance, creativity and joy - key ingredients in the development of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning).

Additionally, Wasserman has had great success teaching music to those with special needs of any age, including those with developmental or neurological impairment, especially children with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD or learning disabilities.

School History:

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/composer

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SUMMARY

Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
Studied abroad at University and L'Academie des Musique in Sion, Switzerland.
Graduate studies in Music Therapy at New York University.
Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan.
Mentored through intensive, long-term private study by:
Dwike Mitchell - piano
George Russell - composition, Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (The LCCOTO)
Papa Ladji Camara - jembe (West African drumming)
Jeannette Giguere - classical piano
Anne Dodge - classical and jazz piano
TEACHING BACKGROUND SUMMARY

Private music teacher and mentor for 35 years; 2016 roster of 20 - 30 students per week in person and online SKYPE lessons.
Visiting artist giving master classes at Universities, Colleges and Festivals throughout the United States.
Presenting master classes, workshops, teacher-training and performing concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 2000 schools, working with K-12 grade students and teachers since 1979.
Certified Instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization; providing lessons and seminars since 1982.
Creator of PIANO LESSON CITY, an online private lesson music school specializing in customized and personalized instruction for all ages, all levels and all styles

Testimonials:

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons/testimonials

Dear Andy - I am writing you to express my gratitude for the gifts you have given me through your teachings over the last 2 years. My perception of the "how, what, and why" of music has been very much expanded and this in turn has increased the depth of my fascination and inspiration in music as an art form. In my short life of 18 years so far, I truly am unable to think of any teacher who has offered me so much kindness and time outside of their job description (as a mentor). For this, I will always be astounded and thankful. One day, hopefully, I will be able to pass this kindness on to others who need it as much as I did. Thank you so very much for everything. May I continue to be inspired, fascinated, and inoculated by music through your exemplary teaching as I continue to study with you in the years to come.

Andy, I want to thank you for the time we've spent together at the piano. I've enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You're really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I'm very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s LCCOTO - “The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”

Dear Mr. Wasserman: You have given me so much over the last 3 years. I have learned more from you than from anyone else I've ever studied with and than I ever expected to. You have opened my eyes and ears to new territories in the areas of studying, playing, listening to and writing music. And perhaps most importantly - to me, at least - I feel that you have set me on the path that I will begin to travel in the coming months and follow for the rest of my life (God willing). As I head off to college to study music composition at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I am giving you a bowl of fruit, symbolic of all the good things you have filled my "bowl" with over the past 3 years. Thank you so much!!

To Andy Wasserman: Our four children who have been taking private lessons with you for many years have been blessed with the perfect teacher to bring out their talents. We are so fortunate to have you and we really appreciate all you have done for all the kids. We couldn't have asked for a more dedicated teacher.

Mr. Wasserman: We appreciate the many years of your dedicated teaching. We are certain that our son has benefited greatly from your expertise as a musician and your role as a mentor. When in the future he is faced with life's many challenges, you can be assured that your influence will surface as a steady and resounding resource. Thank you for being such a significant person in his life.
Dear Andy - Your artistry, warm humor, encouraging inspiration and insightful teaching perspective continues to be a blessing for our family. It's wonderful to see the optimism and motivation that has permeated our daughter's piano studies through the many creative approaches you've shared in her weekly lessons. It is amazing for us as parents to listen to her new original compositions and improvisations along with the Beethoven and Debussy classical piano pieces you have helped her master. We appreciate you sharing so much of your music, care and natural teaching style - we're so grateful for your miracles !

Dear Mr. Wasserman: You are a brilliant and talented teacher. We believe that each student has her/his own way to learn. We only need time and perseverance to realize which way is the best for each of them, and you know how to make it possible. This is an indispensable virtue in a teacher. Thank you so much for all your kindness and dedication.

Dear Andy - Even though we have just recently started lessons with you for our 9 year old son, please know you have ignited a spark back in him with his playing - and as a parent, it is the greatest thing to witness. I can’t get him off the piano! He is totally grooving on what you have shown him. Just wanted to thank you again!  We feel like we hit the jackpot with you as his new teacher.

Mr. Wasserman: I will never find words to thank you enough for everything you have been sharing with my two daughters. Last week's lesson was especially good - caring and kind - you were outstanding! It was amazing seeing you doing everything my youngest girl requested you to teach her. I was also impressed by your dedication when I learned you transcribed by ear and notated an unpublished song for my oldest daughter because she wanted to play it but no sheet music was available. They loved the songs you gave them to work on and are so happy playing them on our piano. Thank you so much.

Dear Mr. Wasserman: I wanted to say thank you so much everything this year. I have learned so much from you, not just about music, but about all aspects of life. I have enjoyed talking with you about family, God, music, etc. You have been a great inspiration for me and I always walked away from our lessons feeling motivated. You are an amazing teacher, a great friend, and an incredible musician.
For Andy Wasserman: I want you to know that I think you have been the best teacher I have ever had. Not just musically, but in general. During our work together on the Lydian Chromatic Concept (George Russell's LCCOTO) you helped to completely change my direction as a musician and in life. It is hard to imagine where I would be now had I not met you.

FROM A PARENT OF A TEENAGE STUDENT: Andy Wasserman is not only a consummate musician, but an intuitive individual who possesses a variety of wisdoms that combine for an exceptional learning experience for each of his music students.  Our 15 year-old daughter has been studying piano with Mr. Wasserman for 15 months.  She had studied piano from age 6 to 8 with a different instructor, but did not want to continue with piano lessons.  At the age of 14, she wished to return to piano study.  We were very fortunate to learn about Andy’s holistic and individualized instructional talents through mutual friends.
The growth in our daughter’s piano ability and her love to spend time at the piano over the last 15 months has been very significant, very remarkable.  Emily is playing complex classical pieces by Beethoven and Chopin, experimenting with jazz chord progressions and melodies, and composing pieces of her own.  Mr. Wasserman is very generous in locating and providing given pop or Broadway sheet music for Emily so that she is able to explore pieces within her own personal interests.  Everyday we observe and marvel at the joy that she derives from “her music,” across many genres, as a result of Andy’s influence in her piano study.
The accelerated progression in piano ability and personal growth that our daughter has enjoyed is attributable to Andy’s unique and effective approach to music instruction and his love for his calling in life, to awaken within individuals the mindful and soulful benefits that music brings to each of us, its qualities that unite us.   I studied piano formally for 17 years and continue to play actively.  Day to day, I’m amazed at how far she progresses with her confidence and desire to learn more and enjoy more within music.  Week to week, I hear the amazing connections that Andy makes between music genres (classical, jazz, pop, Broadway).  We are grateful for the way he customizes his instruction to each student’s interest and ability, and we’re thankful for the mentorship that he extends to his students through his personal philosophy and music pedagogy.  It’s wonderful to hear her play solo, but an added blessing to hear her play duets with her instructor.  I’m grateful to share in our daughter's study and play duets with her in between lessons.
As an in-home instructor, we appreciate Andy’s timeliness, his reliability, and his flexibility when schedules “collide”.  We feel that we receive a tremendous value for our tuition in that Andy provides customized music materials which have created a wonderful repertoire of musical pieces that a student can visit as much as he or she wishes.  It’s an honor for us to esteem and endorse Mr. Wasserman as a truly unique and beloved music instructor.”

FROM THE LINER NOTES IN THE CD OF ONE OF WASSERMAN'S STUDENTS:  I would like to express appreciation to my long-time music teacher and mentor, Mr. Andy Wasserman, who taught me everything I know musically, and so much more. I thank him for his unending patience, his outstanding dedication and generosity. He was without a doubt the best teacher for me and without him, my stubbornness and misguided interests would have out-matched my creativity.
As much as he influenced my music, it doesn’t compare to his lessons of character and spirituality. He pushed me to reach my potential while giving me the freedom to be myself, and at the same time, keeping me grounded and always making sure I know who’s ultimately responsible for the talent I've been blessed with.

Dear Andy: I don't know what to say except "thank you" for being the vessel through which the Creator confirms a presence and hand upon my life. Our work together continues to help me break down huge walls that I have spent a lifetime building around my limited ideas about music. You nurture my creative powers and help me renew and free myself from many misconceptions of what it means to be an artist.
I know that in the truest definition of the word "teacher" you do not feel a need to share your perspectives and revelations in order to be lauded or validated. You are first and foremost a teacher in the oldest and deepest sense of the word. You offer your students a lineage - not just information - and it is clear to me that the only thing you seek is understanding and profound experiences deep down in your spirit. I am filled with gratitude for these life's lessons that shine through my studies with you.
There is not another teacher on this earth who has the capability, the capacity, the tenacity and the "Agape Love" to teach what you have been teaching me. Your assignment on this earth is so much more difficult than most, but so much more hands-on and therefore extremely effective and intimate. I have always been in awe of your willingness to be open to discovering who you are through your musical journey.
Over the 8 years I have been your private student I've witnessed that you rarely falter in your walk despite the challenging life of being an artist in today's world. All I know is that through our work together, my inner being has been transformed and a burden I felt within has been lifted. Please accept my gratitude for continuing to reveal the Truth through your music and your teaching.
Hi Andy, I enjoy all the music you so proudly present at my weekly lessons. I am thankful that you continually enourage me to dig deeper during the many years you've been my teacher and guide. My wish is that I may always keep an open mind and listen to my mentor. In addition to our work on the piano and learning the art of arranging, I hope the Lydian Chromatic Concept (The LCCOTO) will remain a force for me that grows and blossoms by uncovering the richness within it. I never lose sight of the purpose which has been planted witihin you that drives and motivates you to set an example by creating beauty and expressing it in your own way.

Testimonial posted on LydianChromaticConcept.com website: I started studying the Lydian Chromatic Concept in May, 2002 with Andy Wasserman using the recently released revised edition. These past 9 years (of study with Andy, as of 2011) have been both enlightening and enriching. As a full time professional musician and music educator, there were deep things in music that I had grasped aurally but could not explain. These things are now crystal clear. Through the Concept the law of gravity is apparent. I was pulled towards the Concept, and through patience and research ended up discovering Andy. I would like to thank Maestro Russell, whose genius and perseverance created this tonal wonderland. The LCCOTO is heard in music all around us. The information in the latest edition is truly priceless!

By a private student upon graduating from High School:  Dear Mr. Wasserman - You have been an absolute inspiration over the past two years of private lessons. I have learned so much from you in regards to music and life. In many cultures, the butterfly is honored as a symbol of transformation - from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, and from the cocoon, the butterfly emerges in its natural glory. Much like the butterfly, I too emerge changed from what I have learned from you.Thank you for everything. I will miss you!

College Entrance Application Essay answering the question "Who is the person in your field you admire the most?" Below is the answer submitted by a private student who Mr. Wasserman helped prepare for being a music major during the 4 years of High School. He was accepted to the Music Education program, graduated and went on to become a full-time music teacher in New Jersey public and private schools:
"Someone who stands out in my mind as a person I truly admire is a man named Andy Wasserman. Andy has been my piano teacher for the past four years, and besides being the one who has improved my playing ability, he has affected my life in many other ways.
Simply by seeing Andy at work has caused my personal beliefs to become much more adamant and dedicated. His work ethic, values and attitude have provided me with a strong adult role model whom I strive to emulate. As a professional musician Andy has heavy demands placed on his time including teaching his students, performing, and running his own multimedia music company. Andy has taught me that to reach my goals it will mean a great deal of work and very likely long hours. His strong work ethic was a trait that I immediately admired, and one I wished to adopt from him. Another trait Andy exhibits from which I have learned is his positive mental attitude.
He accomplishes his positive attitude through an intense love for his work. I believe it is incredibly important to enjoy everything that you do. Andy has taught me how essential it is to combine a positive mental attitude with a strong work ethic. This combination has enabled me to work hard at both my academics and music, and sometimes keep long hours because I love the "work" that I am doing.
It reminds me of a quote I once heard, "If you really love your job, you will never work a day in your life." This is very true because if you truly love that which you do, it does not seem to be work. Here again Andy has sets a great example for me which has led me to adopt and strengthen similar values. In all, I believe that Andy has provided an excellent role model for me and has taught me much more valuable life lessons in addition to piano and music theory."

Dear Mr. Wasserman: There are so many amazing memories of the time we've spent together over the years and lessons I've learned. The influence you've had on me is priceless. In this ever-changing world, my weekly one-hour private music lesson time slot with you has been the one constant duing the ten years of us working together. As I now move on to the next phase of my life and music career, I'll never forget our magical times together and I can't thank you enough for always being there to keep me honest, true and real. I know I wouldn't be the same musician and person I am today without you in my life to jam with and talk to. You've always been there to listen to my problems, crack jokes and keep me on the right path. I'm so blessed to have such a patient, caring, dedicated and giving teacher and friend.

From an advanced-level adult student:
Andy, You have been an AWESOME teacher and I've learned a TREMENDOUS amount from you. I kept telling my friends and family that I wish I took lessons from you when I was younger. Prior to working with you at age 30, I had piano lessons for 17 years - from age 4 through 21. Loved my teachers, but my classical trainings were so mechanical. You totally changed my paradigm about music. Music improvisation and composition is such a complex field, I don't even know how you go about teaching it ! You certainly have the wealth and depth of knowledge, experience and talent for music and the teaching of music.

Dear Andy: I want you to know how much I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with you.  I fear that if our lessons ever stopped I would be hard-pressed to find a teacher like you who is willing to teach both CLASSICAL, BLUES and JAZZ, and to open my eyes to the amazing correspondence and connections between them.

Hello Andy: Your lessons have made such an impression on me, and have heavily influenced the course of my "path." Thank you for everything that you have done! Some seeds take many years to blossom..... I have been amazed to see so many beautiful and unexpected "flowers" popping up over the course of time!
"I began studying piano with Andy Wasserman a little more than a year ago, as an adult beginner (56-year-old) student. Learning the piano as an adult is a special challenge, yet Andy has shown unending patience and flexibility in his teaching. He crafts his lessons around my musical interests and enables me to progress at my own pace, always encouraging but never placing undue demands or expectations on me. As a teacher he invokes his long musical career and his own virtuosity on the piano in ways that enhance my understanding of piano history, styles, and technique. He also weaves in plenty of music theory, tying theory to practice in a way that makes his lessons more holistic and accessible. Andy is a wonderful conversationalist and storyteller, and our discussions have ranged far and wide, and often far beyond music. He's a consummate artist, dedicated both to his craft and to his students, and his passion for the piano is infectious. Andy is always punctual for our lessons and he's always flexible whenever I need to reschedule a lesson due to work or travel obligations. I highly recommend Andy as a piano teacher, and I'd be happy to talk further about Andy's teaching style with any prospective student or parent."

Dear Andy - The wonderful work you do is no doubt a major factor in the rehabilitation and continued education of many young people who want to do the right thing but have never had anyone who believes in them. And so, I suspect, you are that positive role model who helps them 'see the light', making their lives much improved.

Notes/School Information:

https://andywasserman.com/blog

Genres and Subjects Taught

In-depth, detailed information, photos, music tracks to listen to and videos to watch of my work can be viewed by visiting my professional music website at ANDYWASSERMAN.COM, and my ONLINE MUSIC LESSON VIA VIDEO CHAT website PIANOLESSONCITY.COM

MUSIC STYLES AND GENRES
American Songbook, Big Band, Bossa Nova, Broadway, Classical Repertoire, Adult Contemporary, Disney, Film Music, TV Music, Video Game Music, Fusion, Jazz, Musical Theater, New Age, Oldies, Pop, Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, R&B, Show Tunes, Soul, World Music, Worship Music

CHOOSE WHICH PIANO SUBJECTS YOU WANT TO WORK ON: Beginner to advanced PIANO: all styles - Pop, Classical, Jazz, Beginner Piano Lessons, Beginning To Intermediate Piano, Piano Lessons for Adults, Music Theory, Jazz Theory, Jazz Improvisation and Music Arranging, Music Harmony and Chords, Music Composition and Songwriting, Using Keyboards and Computers in Music Technology Production, George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization: The LCCOTO.

SERVICES OFFERED:
Private Lessons in your home and for homeschool populations
Composing
Performing
Special Events
Recording
Video & Online Lessons

My Musical Influences

CLASSICAL COMPOSERS: J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev

JAZZ PIANO INNOVATORS: Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, McCoy Tyner, Dwike Mitchell, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, George Russell, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Nat "King" Cole, George Shearing, Monte Alexander

JAZZ ORGANISTS: Shirley Scott, Larry Goldings

JAZZ LEGENDS: John Coltrane, Miles Davis

POP and R&B ARTISTS: Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Vince Guaraldi, Take 6

BLUES and BOOGIE WOOGIE LEGENDS: Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis

BROADWAY COMPOSERS: Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin

CLASSICAL PIANISTS: Olga Kern, Angela Hewitt, Idil Biret, Vladimir Horowitz, Alicia de Larrocha, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Krystian Zimerman, Ivan Moravec, Glenn Gould,

JAZZ ROCK FUSION: Tribal Tech, Dirty Loops, YellowJackets

THE 21st CENTURY NEW GENERATION: Jacob Collier, Eddie Brown, Quennel Gaskin, Doobie Powell, Cory Henry, Bubby Fann

DRUMMERS: Papa Ladji Camara, Elvin Jones, Idris Muhammad, Tony Williams, Bill Stewart