Willing to teach
Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music @ Global Jazz Institute & Ear Training
Jazz Improvisation (all instruments)
Eastern Mediterranean Styles (Theory & Practice)
Holistic and individualized are two terms that sum up Lefteris Kordis’ teaching
approach. He emphasizes on guiding students to experience and learn music first
on an instinctual, and later on an intellectual level. He provides various tools that
can assist students to develop improvisation skills; transcribe music (aurally,
notated, or both); learn a variety of musical languages with emphasis on jazz and
folk music; compose new music; strengthen the musical ear; and physically
experience rhythm. Paintings, movies, poetry, dance, and other disciplines are
utilized as mediums to develop an effortless sound on the instrument and invent
new ideas. Lefteris has observed that when students operate from the world of
imagery, the possibilities are endless and students are always engaged and inspired
to making music and at the same time, develop strong musicianship skills.
Inspired by the personalities and teaching approaches of his former teachers and
mentors Charlie Banacos (doctoral dissertation on his Pedagogy available online for free), Steve Lacy
(interdisciplinary idea), Danilo Perez, Allan Chase, Jerry Leake, and Ran Blake, he
has developed a wide spectrum of strategies and methods that are tailored to each
individual’s needs to reach freedom in musical expression.
Lefteris has successfully prepared music students to pass auditions and enter
graduate and undergraduate jazz programs in schools such as Berklee Valencia
(Masters), Longy School of Music (Masters), Berklee Boston (Bachelors), and other
schools in Holland and Greece (UGR), as well as teenager students for jazz summer
camps, high-school jazz orchestras, and other small combos. Current students
include Harvard Ph.D. candidates, New England Conservatory faculty and students,
and other already professional musicians who seek to expand their improvising and
A kind and altruistic person [...] articulate, extremely well organized, very clever
on technology. He can grasp the soul of a piece with a wonderful appreciation
for stylistic originality.
Lefteris offers students a vast pool of experience and knowledge that one can dip
into - it's actually more like you want to jump in and splash around when you
realize what he has to offer! His enthusiasm and love for music creates an
atmosphere of positive vibes and a safe space for learning. With patience,
encouragement and true commitment, he will leave no stone unturned in helping
a student understand a topic.
—Barbara Banacos (professional musician, educator)
Like many other musicians, I always had trouble identifying the fine details of
exactly what was happening in the music I played. I could feel dense harmonies
and chord progressions, but for the most part I couldn't readily identify them.
Within just a few months of studying theory and ear training with Lefteris, this
has begun to change radically. It's as if a dense fog had always been obscuring
the connection between my inner ear and my conscious mind, and with Lefteris'
guidance I'm finding my way out of the fog into a bright clearing, full of birds
and fragrant blossoms. What impresses me the most about Lefteris is not his
impeccable musicianship or his firm command of an unusually wide range of
musics, though these are apparent to anyone who spends any time at all around
him. What makes him such an extraordinary teacher is his very obvious
commitment to bringing out the absolute best in his students by patiently,
compassionately, and methodically training us to let our intuition take the lead in
what we do as musicians. In the short time that I've been studying with him, I've
experienced a dramatic improvement in my comprehension of harmonic
progressions and an explosion of compositional creativity. I can't recommend
him highly enough.
~Panayotis (Paddy) League,
performer, composer, ethnomusicologist, PhD candidate at Harvard University
A remarkable hardworking teacher and creative jazz pianist and composer. I am
most impressed with the detailed and patient way he can break down and clearly
explain the mechanics of what and why we are working this way.
Bert Seager (professional jazz musician, composer and educator)
I feel extremely fortunate to have found Lefteris as my teacher. Being a teacher
of classical piano myself, I know what it takes to teach- -and am happy to say
that he is everything you would want to find in your dream teacher- - brilliant,
organized, inspiring, and deeply tuned to the needs of the student. Every lesson
is custom tailored to each student, and he was able to assess exactly what I
needed to begin my journey as a beginning jazz student.
I am so happy with the progress that I have made, and can't wait for my next
- Sarah Takagi
Piano faculty, New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division
Lefteris is an amazing piano teacher. My 13-year old daughter has improved
tremendously as a result of Skype lessons with him. My daughter’s relative pitch
is now at a very high level as a result of his ear-training exercises. Also, my
daughter’s ability to solo over jazz chord changes is much improved because of
him. Simply put, Lefteris has done wonders for my daughter’s playing.
—Louis Greenwald (ex professional musician)