Study with James Carney...

Teaching music and piano to others is important to me, and I work regularly with a number of keyboard students at my studio in the south Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The studio is equipped with a German grand piano, a fender rhodes, and other keyboards for playing duets. Lessons may be archived via audio/video for future reference.

Although creative jazz improvisation and composition are my focus, I also teach beginning and intermediate levels of classical piano. Students may also study blues, rock, and New Orleans style piano playing, music theory, jazz keyboard theory, ear training, transcription and orchestration.

Areas of study for more advanced players may include sound and tone production, rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic development, voice leading, compositional forms, arranging, development of velocity, harmonizing standards and original music, developing a fearless musical aesthetic, open improvisation, expanding the timbral palette, and the art of creative practicing.

Since 1991 I have taught as a visiting artist at many fine colleges and universities, including the Eastman School of Music, New York University, Cal State Los Angeles, the University of Nevada at Reno, Ithaca College, Williams College, Saddleback College, California Institute of the Arts and the University of Missouri at St. Louis. I have also taught privately throughout the years, working with students from the ages of 8 to 80.

Friends & families may study with me in a group lesson format, and parents are always welcome to attend lessons with their children.

Please e-mail me for further information, including rates and available lesson times. My studio is located within easy walking distance to the R, M, F & G subway lines.