Why do you teach?
I am always grateful for the mentorship I have received, and I find it deeply rewarding to pass on to others the knowledge I have gained. I am committed to helping my students expand their musical scope, to define and realize their own musical goals through a strong foundation that provides the skills, vocabulary, and tools for them to build proficiency and confidence in their musical studies. Above all, I have an enthusiasm for the potential a musical education can provide in enriching the life of a student at any age, and I consider it a true privilege to be a part of that process.
Zachary holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from NYU and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from The New England Conservatory, concentrating on jazz, music history, composition and theory. He taught for two years as an adjunct piano instructor at NYU and continues to work as an accompanist in their vocal workshops and in the Department of Vocal Performance. Zack has also instructed and assisted in teaching master classes at NYU and at the Cleveland Cello Society, and has taught private lessons since 2014. His teaching is informed by a strong foundation in classical music, music theory and history, and a solid command of piano technique.
Zack's abilities as a pianist were recognized early on with multiple awards, including outstanding student soloist awards from Downbeat Magazine and from the North Texas Jazz Festival. He since has recorded and performed with numerous prominent artists in the US, Europe and South America. Zack’s debut release on Clean Feed Records, Random Acts of Order, gained international recognition, including freejazzblog critic Rick Joines’ Top Ten for 2017 and the Best of Improvisation from Italy’s Percosi Musicali. His second album, Mesophase, drew acclaim for its ability to unite through-composed ensemble performance, electronic music and improvisation. A third release for jazz trio is scheduled for mid 2019.