Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Background: A native of Minneapolis, MN, I studied extensively and taught with Herbert J. Wigley for over 30 years. Herb Wigley and I were some of the first to teach jazz improvisation for the University of Minnesota at Mac Phail Center. I was fortunate enough to have been coached on organ with the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith back in the 70's. I have been a professional musician and teacher since 1964. I have been the accompanist at my church for the past 30+ years, a composer, a recording artist with 4 CDs and play professionally in the Twin Cities area. Student Successes: Former students have gone on to be teachers, business owners, performers, and recording artists, working with such stars as Olivia Newton-John and Prince. I have had two different students go on to play with Prince over the years. A former student was a national finalist in the Yamaha Electone Festival in 1986 and 1987 . In 1987, he was the National winner and went on to Tokyo where he was the bronze medal winner in the International Festival. He has since become a free lance movie and TV score writer with several successful projects to his credit. Strengths: My biggest strength is that I am out there performing, accompanying, teaching, composing, and doing things that I am able to pass on to my students. I am living the practical practice of music every day in my personal and professional life. This enhances my ability to be a better teacher and to pass on the true art of music.
. Other Info: Music Ministry Plus is another music related business that I am involved with. My partner, Mary Pat Nydahl, and I provide music for wedding ceremonies, funerals, receptions and private parties. You can view, listen to and purchase my CDs at our website. The site address is www.musicministryplus.com.
Organ, Hammond B3
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Over 45 years experience teaching piano, keyboards and organ, including Hammond B3. Lessons available weekdays and evenings. Current rates are $90 per month for a half hour lesson once a week or $25 per individual half hour lesson.