Alan works with piano musicians ranging from 5 years old through octogenarians, with levels ranging from beginner through Masters degrees in music. Advanced concepts of hand technique in classical piano music are coupled with improvisation in Jazz, Broadway and Popular Music. Students learn theory and harmony to understand the language of music. Lessons are given in a friendly cooperative manner, encouraging questions and supporting the learning style of the individual.
Mr. Wasserman has many private students that are piano teachers and educators wanting to expand their understanding of piano technique and music education. As a 26 year participant in the Dorothy Taubman/Edna Golandsky Institutes, he works with pianists to facilitate virtuosity in classical piano performance while erasing pain and injury caused by muscle tightness, isolation and fatigue.
Alan also teaches many young students, many of whom have won competitions leading to performances at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Weill Recital Hall as well as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His students have also performed at venues in Russia, China, Canada, Germany and Austria.
Alan Wasserman has played an important role in piano education for 30 years. He was (apparently) the youngest person ever elected President of the Music Educators Association of New Jersey, the largest organization of private piano teachers in New Jersey, USA, with over 300 members. He has also been a long standing board member of this association. In 2002 he became the President of the prestigious Cecilian Music Club of Freehold, which was first established in 1883 (the second music club established in the United States). Mr. Wasserman is currently the President of the Shore Music Educators Association, in New Jersey. In 1985, he founded a music school of teachers that travel to students’ homes, which has had up to 50 teachers of all instruments in the association.
Mr. Wasserman also looks at performances as educational opportunities, frequently performing recitals called “Guided Listening Programs” which combine anamated speaking about music topics and piano performance. Topics include the life of Chopin, the life of Beethoven and his Op. 57, personalities of composers, history of western music, and composers as masters of moods.
Internationally, Mr. Wasserman participated in the first International Piano Pedagogy Summer Program at the famed Moscow Conservatory, in Russia (1991). In 2004 he served as one of the group leaders of the piano troupe from the USA involved in the Shanghai International Children’s Cultural and Arts Festival (involving 46 troupes from 20 countries). This included a 100 piano ‘Monster Concert’ involving 40 American students joining 60 Chinese students. Mr. Wasserman then returned in 2007 to participate in this festival that is held in China every three years since 1994. In 2011 he accompanied 6 of his students (and their families) that were winners in the Crescendo International Competition to St. Petersburg, Russia. He presented a 'Guided Listening Recital' on Beethoven in Vienna, Austria, in 2012.
Mr. Wasserman’s teaching also includes Jazz theory and harmony education, along with improvisation. He likes to point out that the same language is being spoken by the great calssical composers.
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