Jazz Piano

Jazz Piano


Jazz piano lessons are tailored to suit each student’s needs. From beginners seeking to learn the fundamentals of jazz harmony to advanced players looking to acquire more sophistication and technique, lessons can gear toward a range of goals.

Before the first lesson, Dr. Cotton will meet with the student and parents to assess the student’s goals and to form a plan that meets those goals. This highly individualized plan empowers the student to progress towards his or her own goals at a comfortable pace.

Jazz piano lessons address the following topics:

  • Jazz harmony
  • Sightreading and lead sheets
  • Keyboard voicings
  • Chord-scale improvisation
  • Eartraining and transcription

Students and teachers meet weekly. At the end of each semester, each student will have the opportunity to present their work in a recital for students and parents.

Meet The Faculty

Haim Cotton

Haim Cotton came to the U.S. from Israel at age 22, having already worked on 15 records with the country’s top artists. Trained as a classical and jazz musician, he is currently on the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at New School University. His music, which encompasses a wide variety of styles, has been used by organizations throughout the world, including Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Apple Computer, The Jerry Lewis Telethon and CNN.

Haim was musical director for the late Ofra Haza, played for her at the Montreux Jazz Festival and on her last solo CD, Kirya. As an artist and producer, he has worked with artists including Quincy Jones, Randy Brecker, Anton Fig, Don Was, Joe Lovano, John Lucian, Robert Miller, and Nelson Rangel. Cotton, whose club appearances include Manhattan’s The Blue Note received a record contract and released his first album of original compositions, “100% Cotton” in the mid-nineties. He is also a member of the prestigious “BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop”, where he is developing a musical for Broadway under the guidance of Maury Yeston (“Nine”, “Titanic”). A vignette out of his musical Lover’s Leap was performed, as part of The Golden Fleece Limited Workshop, at an off Broadway theatre in the fall of 2004.