Music Lessons

A solid basis of technique is essential to mastery of instrumental performance. The basics of movement coordination and instrumental technique are the same. The Alexander Technique is an integral part of the curricula at many drama and music schools, including the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Royal College of Music. A systematic review of controlled trials concluded that AT lessons may improve performance anxiety in musicians (Klein et al. 2014) and a number of studies have shown AT may improve performance in various ways (Davies 2020, Nielsen 1994, Valentine et al. 1995). See the Research page for more on AT clinical trials.

My students often win perfect scores in ABRSM and NYSSMA competitions and enjoy themselves in the process. Professional musicians I’ve worked with report new found ease of playing and increased facility, pitch accuracy as well as enhanced freedom of expression. Many students and professionals have come for help with harmful postural habits that resulted in repetitive strain injury and associated complications.

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For students/professionals of instruments other than violin and viola I am generally only accepting more advanced players that have already learned the basics of their respective instrumental technique and want to improve posture, performance anxiety and musicality; or have some kind of injury they would like help with. That said, I often work with various types of instrumentalists, dancers, actors and non-performers as well.

I am currently accepting a limited number of violin, viola and AT students at all levels/ages between my studios in Brooklyn and Basking Ridge, NJ. In some cases I may be available online via Skype. For questions or to set-up an appointment time use the form below:

Rates: $80 per hour lesson

$350 Five lesson package

Sliding scale rates available upon request for artists and cases of economic hardship.

Convenient & comfortable location in Brooklyn near the Church Ave. B/Q train and several buses.