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Andy Wasserman Chester, New Jersey
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Name:   Andy Wasserman
Phone:   (908) 852-9205
Website:   Click here to go to my website
Last Update:    2018-07-20 05:19:30
Flanders, Schooleys Mountain, Long Valley, Califon, Chester, Tewksbury, Panther Valley, Mendham, Succasunna, Roxbury, Mount Olive, Hackettstown, Blairstown, Allamuchy, Andover, Newton, Hope, Netcong, Far Hills




TEACHING THE FOLLOWING INSTRUMENTS AND SUBJECTS: Piano, Keyboards, Theory, Ear Training, Composition, Arranging STYLES: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, Electronic Music (MIDI/Digital Audio), Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

INSTRUCTION LEVELS OFFERED: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

MISSION STATEMENT: As a full time professional musician and educator with over in the Long Valley and Chester area since 1991, I approach every student as an individual regardless of their level. My 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.

I especially enjoy teaching children with no previous experience. I offer a comfortable atmosphere for learning that fosters a love and appreciation for all that music has to offer.

The study of a musical instrument accelerates the growth of intelligence and establishes a keen sense of personal discipline. By focusing the mind and calming the nerves, music making is one of the healthiest outlets for self-expression, creativity and joy.


Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. 1982 Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan (New York City) Studied abroad at L'Academie de Musique, Sion, Switzerland Graduate studies at New York University Intensive private study and mentoring with Dwike Mitchell, George Russell, Jeanette Giguere, Anne Prior Dodge and Ladji Camara.


Private music teacher with 24 years experience Conducted master classes, workshops, teacher-training and assembly concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 1000 schools since 1979 Certified instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization since 1982 Adjunct professor at Warren County Community College, Washington NJ since 1997 Visiting artist giving master classes at University of Georgia, Berklee College of Music, University of North Texas, DelMar College, New England Conservatory of Music, and Jersey City State College


Performing artist on piano and keyboards, since 1972 as a professional instrumentalist in both Western and non-Westem musical genres Member of American Federation of Musicians Local 802 (New York City) since 1982 Featured weekend solo pianist for 9 consecutive years at the United Nations Plaza Hotel, New York City


Over 60 original compositions registered with BMI having been released on CDs for national and international distribution Compositions and recorded piano performances have been aired on U.S. television networks that include CBS (Touched By An Angel), ABC (Eyewitness News, Miracle Babies), Lifetime Network (Intimate Portraits, Next Door with Katie Brown), A & E (Biography), The History Channel (Modern Marvels), The Learning Channel, Nickelodeon and The Travel Channel Music production and performance for commercials commissioned by corporations that include IBM, AT&T, Time-Life, QVC-TV, Mastercard, Panasonic, and Castrol Compositions and recorded piano performances aired on television broadcasts in Japan, Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Ireland, France and Australia


Four CD's released as composer, arranger and principal instrumentalist: Kindred Spirits, Universal Beat, Smokin’ Jazz, Solo Piano for the High Harmony, Alternate Mode and Pyramid Music Library record labels BUSINESS OWNER President of TransMedia Sound & Music a music production company and audio recording facility, since 1987


Date:  2018-05-04 13:43:47
Description:  A track with music visualization from the 3C Trio\'s \"Overtones\" CD. \"I Hear A Rhapsody\" - arrangement by Andy Wasserman. Personnel: Andy Wasserman, piano; Lisle Atkinson, bass; Joe Licinski, drums Listen for Jazz veteran Lisle Atkinson\'s amazing bass solo and the beautifully nuanced Jazz drum brush style of Joe Licinski.

Date:  2018-05-04 13:41:16
Description:  This Andy Wasserman original composition for solo piano resonates the essence of a poem entitled \"Story Water.\" The flowing, running soundtrack - inspired by the Prelude movement of \"Le tombeau de Couperin\" by Maurice Ravel - is set to time-lapse video sequences of water in nature. The intention behind the music and photographic video imagery is to give the viewer a sense of being refreshed and purified with water. Perhaps it will feel like a peaceful, internal cleansing through your ears and eyes. Wasserman performed this piece in one take with no overdubbing on a classic vintage Steinway and Sons grand piano. Recorded and mastered by Skip Tullen at Tullen Sound Recording Studios.

Name:  High School Student feedback
Title:  Inspiration
Testimonial:  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!

Name:  Adult Student and professional musician comments
Title:  Lydian Chromatic Concept lessons
Testimonial:  Hi Andy, I enjoy all the music you so proudly present at my weekly lessons. I am thankful that you continually encourage 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 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 within you that drives and motivates you to set an example by creating beauty and expressing it in your own way.

Name:  Adult Student with years of study experience
Title:  Breaking down walls
Testimonial:  Dear Andy: 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.

Name:  Adult Student: aspiring professional musician
Title:  George Russell\'s Lydian Chromatic Concept
Testimonial:  To 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 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.

Name:  Parent of teenage daughter studying with AW
Title:  Beethoven, Debussy, Improv, Pop and Jazz
Testimonial:  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!

Name:  Parent of Andy Wasserman piano student
Title:  Kindness and dedication
Testimonial:  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.

Name:  Jazz and Tonal Gravity in lessons: adult student
Title:  Lydian Chromatic Concept and Jazz
Testimonial:  Andy, You are a gifted pianist and a most competent and caring music teacher. I feel that I am learning a great deal about jazz, including some of its history as well as the structural arrangement of the music itself. You are also sensitized me to improvements I can make in my piano playing technique, including fingering and the concept of “gravity.” I admire your passion for the piano and for the dedicated and professional manner in which you present yourself to me at our weekly lessons.

Name:  Mentoring and Teaching
Title:  Your role model influence on our teenage son
Testimonial:  Dear Andy: 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.

Name:  Parent of two sisters taking lessons with AW
Title:  Your custom song arrangements of sheet music
Testimonial:  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.

Name:  High School Student going on to college
Title:  Thank you, Andy
Testimonial:  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!!

Name:  Advanced Student taking lessons with AW
Title:  Best teacher I ever had
Testimonial:  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 training was 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.

Name:  An online student taking Skype lessons
Title:  Lydian Chromatic Concept lessons
Testimonial:  Andy: I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent together at the piano during our weekly online Skype video calls. 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 already 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 “Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”

Name:  Adult Student
Title:  You teach Classical, Blues and Jazz
Testimonial:  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 Classical, Blues and Jazz styles, and to open my eyes to the amazing correspondence and connections between all three.

Date:  2018-05-04 14:01:39
Subject:  Lessons in Lydian Chromatic Concept
Blog:  George Russell\'s book, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, was the first theoretical contribution to come from jazz - introducing modal improvisation - resulted in the seminal recording of Miles Davis\' \"Kind of Blue.\" The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization resonates supreme at the epicenter of George Russell\'s prodigious life work. This innovative band leader, influential composer, legendary educator and philosophically profound master of music devoted 50 years of tireless, purposeful development in forging and generously disseminating his visionary theoretical system. Maestro Russell\'s singular world-renowned theory reveals an objective, illuminating vista of interrelated and boundless insights into what music is telling us about its own innate nature and reciprocal architectonics. \"The Concept\" establishes an open-ended, pan-stylistic foundation in which levels of tonal gravity act as prime, integral moving forces within music. George Russell stood tall and resolute as a vertical man, meaning he acknowledged, listened to, and gave his undivided attention to a potent transforming magnetic center within. It is this deeply meaningful internal process - his essence - which guided him each and every day. A very high level of integrity, refinement and excellence prevailed in his life. Beauty, truth and goodness took precedent above and beyond anything else. An influential and authentically innovative figure in the evolution of modern Jazz, George Russell (June 23, 1923 – July 27, 2009) was one of its greatest composers, and its most important theorist. His The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, first published in 1953, is credited as a great pathbreaker into modal music, as pioneered by Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Most of Jazz music’s most important developments since the 1950s — from modal improvisation to electronics, African polyrhythms to free form, atonality to jazz rock — were taken to another level by Russell’s pioneering work. Russell\'s Living Time Orchestra has performed throughout the world, including the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Festival d’Automne and Cîté de la Musique in Paris, and Tokyo Music Joy. His career as a leader includes major label releases on LP and CD of more than 30 recordings, working with such musicians as Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Jan Garbarek. Among Russell\'s awards are the following: the MacArthur Fellowship \"Genius\" Grant the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) American Jazz Master Award two Guggenheim Fellowships in Music Composition six NEA grants three Grammy nominations the American Music Award the British Jazz Award the Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Award the Swedish Jazz Federation Lifetime Achievement Award election to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music The latest edition of George Russell\'s Lydian Chromatic Concept - The Art and Science of Tonal Gravity (fourth and final edition, 2001 in Hardcover only) can be purchased directly from CONCEPT PUBLISHING through ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Full-time professional musician and educator Andy Wasserman gives personal, customized one-on-one Piano Lessons Online for students around the world, and in-person in the Chester, New Jersey 07930 vicinity. Beginner through advanced levels, all styles. Certified instructor of George Russell\'s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. View his profile on this site or on his official websites at and or Check out his YOUTUBE channel and Google+ posts Instruments: music theory, Jazz Theory, Modal Jazz, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Composition Music Genres: George Russell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans

Date:  2018-05-04 14:00:34
Subject:  Using Technology to enhance your music study
Blog:  Most students have access to the technology that works as a digital music workstation (DAW). There is so much you can create with a computer and piano-style keyboard via USB or MIDI. Here are tips on using these tools to help you practice and study. Start by identifying which of these subjects interests you. Look online for software that is compatible with your computer (Mac or PC). Most software tools have a free version that you can try out and learn with. Buy the software once you know it is a tool that works for you and then take advantage of the full-featured version, program updates, the tech support, etc. Here are the categories of technology tools that will help you study, learn, practice and improve your musicality: MUSIC NOTATION learn the art of notating your charts, lead sheets, compositions or arrangements by using software that allows your printed music to look professional, clear and accurate. MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION learn the art of transcribing the music you hear to work on ear training. ARRANGING learn to use music sequencing software along with a MIDI keyboard to assign different instruments of the band, choir or orchestra to different MIDI channels and hear back your music as an ensemble. COMPOSING take advantage of the full spectrum of digital music tools to structure, produce, record and notate your own music. PRODUCTION learn to incorporate digital music technology into every phase of your production, from conception to the final CD or MP3 files for the internet RECORDING learn how to build your own affordable and professional sounding home workstation and mini-studio to record, edit and master tracks for both acoustic and electronic music. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC any instrumentalist can use digital music technology to help them use notation, recording and production in their practice routines and performance techniques, including ear training and rhythmic training. MUSIC THEORY there are many software programs available today to help students of music theory master the fundamentals and hone their craft. Feel free to contact me at if you need additional help or more specific advise on the hardware and software tools best suited for your musical study. Instruments: All instruments, Classical Piano, Jazz Piano, Piano Practice, Popular Piano and keyboard, Music Production, Music Technology 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

Date:  2018-05-04 13:59:36
Blog:  Unlike standardized, data and test driven institutionalized systems that dominate the 21st century educational mindset, the mentoring process administers a one-on-one committed alliance of study that unfolds organically over extended periods of time. This teacher-student accord energizes the heart as well as the head, propagating a genuine passion for discovery, insight and maturity throughout a lifetime of learning. “Mentor,” the proper name from Homer’s Odyssey, has become a noun. An individual in receipt of mentorship is referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), student, apprentice, or in recent years, a mentee. History reveals well-regarded examples of mentorships, including: Socrates and Plato, Haydn and Beethoven, Freud and Jung. Biblical texts refer to Paul and Timothy, Moses and Joshua, Elisha and Elijah, Naomi and Ruth, Mary and Elizabeth. A sincere, legitimate mentor is an experienced person – ‘a wise and responsible tutor’ – who advises, inspires, challenges, guides, guards, corrects, and serves as pathfinder for those under their wing. They must “walk their talk” by exemplifying the benefits of doing what you do in your life’s work simply because you love doing it. The aim is stir up the gifts so the apprentice’s talent flowers towards the highest level within their capacity. It is crucial for a mentor to guide a less experienced person with trust and wisdom. This supports a mentee’s character enrichment with balance, positive mentalism and healthy emotional behavior. A mentor must be dependable, engaged, authentic and finely tuned to the multidimensional needs of the protégé. It is rare for a qualified mentor to find a student who is in the proper state of receptivity to be an industrious and conscientious protege. Similarly, it is quite extraordinary in modern times for a student seeking mentorship to gravitate the best-suited mentor for their path who is able to serve them abundantly in the long run.

Date:  2018-05-04 13:58:40
Subject:  Music Mentor Program – PART TWO
Blog:  MY WORK AS A MENTOR FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS I have worked diligently throughout my 35 years as a private music teacher to craft a comprehensive program for the few outstanding students that have potential and interest to be guided by a mentor in music. The foundation of these efforts arose from my own apprenticeship with three 20th century masters and mentors of music who adopted me as their protégé. My work with Dwike Mitchell (piano), George Russell (theory and composition), and Papa Ladji Camara (West African percussion) lasted over three decades. Now it’s my turn to pass it on. The aim is to share the most meaningful aspects of my life’s work, expertise and vulnerability as a full-time professional artist and “eternal student” by sharing fundamental virtues of mentorship with dedicated students. Here’s my list of the top seven virtues of mentoring that provide a solid and healthy foundation to build on: valuing the mentee as an integrated person developing trust by displaying humility, patience, kindness and respect maintaining confidentiality with relaxed rapport and open dialog listening intently to both to what is being said and how it is being said helping the protégé solve their own problems rather than dictate direction focusing on the mentee’s internal self-organized process of development Resisting perfunctory curriculum that yield mechanical results

Date:  2018-05-04 13:57:05
Subject:  Interview with Andy Wasserman at Jazz Monthly
Blog:  New Andy Wasserman interview in Jazz Monthly Magazine posted on the web! A new, fresh interview conducted by Ren Media for JAZZ MONTHLY in February has been posted on their website today! IT FOCUSES ON ANDY WASSERMAN’S PIANO AND TEACHING, AND CAN FOUND AS THE FEATURED ARTICLE AT THE TOP OF THE HOME PAGE OF JAZZ MONTHLY WEBSITE: HTTPS://WWW.JAZZMONTHLY.COM/ OR GO DIRECTLY TO THE PAGE: HTTPS://WWW.JAZZMONTHLY.COM/ANDY-WASSERMAN/ Topics discussed include playing the piano, Jazz music, mentors Dwike Mitchell (Mitchell-Ruff Duo), George Russell and his Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization – the art and science of tonal gravity, working as a piano teacher in Chester NJ and online through this website PianoLessonCity. Hope you enjoy reading it!