My role as teacher is to give the student the tools to be creative.   This may be done by:   Learning songs and rearranging them; hand independence exercises that develop fluid shifting from left to right; learning chords and playing by 'shapes'; by trading riffs (us going back and forth) and patterns and building a solo; by studying soloing forms; learning groovin' basslines; by learning melodies off recordings; by learning chord voicings; numerous creative games; by exploring the nature of musical imagery, and dialogue; or by just good old sight reading. Each student has a different 'way in' to playing the keyboards, and here at WackoWorld, I help you find it
    Here are some specifics: I stress rhythm , it's the backbone of your playing; command of chords (with many creative 'games'); grasp of song forms (their structure ) ; hand independence ; basic ability to read a chord chart (lead sheet, fake book, etc); and melodic invention.
    All music genres are fair game, with an immediate exposure to blues, rock, pop and funk, classical pieces to develop facile fingering, and jazz.   Even practicing scales incorporates free play.


    Just to be clear, improv is not required of a student, and a program geared towards reading and fingering is a fine thing as well. We frequently review how the program, designed for you, is working and make sure the direction is flowing towards your immediate and long-term goals.