Ron was fortunate to have studied piano with Nina Scolnik, who thoroughly revamped his piano technical foundation. Nina's utilization of principles she inherited from her teacher Dorothy Taubman led to huge strides in his own technical ability. These principles – the study of which were supplemented through additional workshops he attended in Mountain View and at Amherst – now play a large part in informing Ron's own teaching, combining with his own intuition, his powers of observation, and deep musicality to enable him to troubleshoot students' problems effectively.
Ron's first book of piano music for INTERMEDIATES, "Jazz Salad", has just been published by Piano Pronto. It features a range of jazz and pop styles, featuring catchy tunes and written-out solos.
(Review by Kim K.)
This book is awesome!!!!! I've had several students interested in jazz, but find most books are stuffy or too hard. This book makes all styles of jazz accessible and FUN! It is already my go-to book for aspiring jazzers, students stuck in a rut, or classical pianists needing something fresh to do. It is always met with smiles and excitement when they see the titles and hear the music. WELL DONE, Ron Levy! Your music is absolutely fantastic.
Ron Levy 's unique teaching approach is tailored to each student's strengths.
It begins with an analysis of his or her skill level and includes:
Accurate assessment and correction for effortless learning and technique
Individual lessons in a fun and creative environment
Training in the secrets of "coordinate" playing
Beginning piano students learn the layout of the piano keyboard and begin learning to read music notation. Ron makes the process fun, and your child will be playing familiar melodies in a very short time.
Intermediate students delve into form, harmony, interpretation and music theory. Correct technique is emphasized throughout the course of study.
Advanced students work on more challenging music, as well as advanced concepts such as structural, harmonic and motivic analysis, dramatic content, and improvisation.
Ron Levy offers piano lessons to students of all ages and levels who want to enjoy the experience of creating music. He teaches private as well as group lessons in piano, theory, and composition—in all styles of music, including classical, jazz improvisation, rock, pop, country, and folk styles.
"Ron's a great teacher.....motivator.....mentor......and he's a nice guy.
He's also one of the best musicians around." — Michael Sharman
"I have studied jazz piano under Ron for quite a while, and I am happy with the whole experience" — Leonard Peikoff
"When I started taking piano lessons from Ron, I was just hoping to learn a few improvisation skills. He encouraged me to think about music in a different way and to begin composing my own music. Before I knew it I had my own sonata, which was way ahead of what I thought I could do. In addition, he helped me fix a number of weaknesses in my technique that I wasn't even aware of. I owe him a lot!" — Scott Winterstein
Improvisation in both Classical and Contemporary styles is used as a tool to understand structure and to deepen the student's ability to look "behind" the music.