I’ve been teaching piano for more than 40 years. You can see from the bullet bio that I did time at Syracuse University, Campbell University and UNC-Asheville. Primarily though, I have taught privately - a healthy fear of being institutionalized.

    Beginners are just fine with me and I welcome all ages - nobody is too old. In fact, I have a full class of grown-ups (and to think I didn’t like them when I was a teenager). My only requirement is that a student gives me 100% at lesson time so we can have the fun we’re supposed to have. That’s not to say that we don’t work hard but it’s just got to be fun too.

    Classical music? Sure! Read the short bio list and you can see that’s what I did until I was about 30 years young. So that’s not a problem.

    However, I’ve developed a reputation for teaching music - all types, and not just jazz. And I have quite a few ex-students out there playing for a living. And I like teaching harmony, theory and improvisation along with the printed page so that a student is capable of really understanding the printed page. I work towards helping a student play the music that they want to play. I want them to ultimately be able to take any song that they like and develop an arrangement by themselves.

    I have my lessons together in a “book” and have it all on a computer disc. It’s ready to roll when you are!

    I also provide cd’s of drums tracks for rehearsing. (metronome with groove)

    CD’s of easy music for the beginning improviser to have fun playing with right away. No ten year plan.

    So the idea is to move through learning all the necessary harmony lessons while playing right away. Having fun playing with recordings, learning so much by osmosis. In fact, playing with records is a big part of what we do.

    Beyond the things necessary to understand playing music, I

am totally open to whatever music a student wishes to pursue. Of course

if the music doesn’t have chord changes or a melody, then it’s probably not a good teaching vehicle-  but it’s not difficult to find something that works and that a student likes.

    So let’s give it shot - I am sure we can have a good time learning together! Send me an email at robertgriffin@nc.rr.com or give a call at 919.942.8075