Finding the perfect teacher for piano lessons in South Jersey is easy at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill. Our degreed, professional and friendly instructors teach beginning music lessons to advanced music study. Styles of study can include classical, jazz, rock and pop. Please see below to read a bit about each of our teachers and as always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 856-375-2263.
When David Dzubinski was a young piano student at Philadelphia's well-known Settlement Music School, he was chosen to perform for the composer Vincent Persichetti. Persichetti called David's performance "spirited and warm" and that description still has resonance today.
After attending Temple University for jazz composition and arranging, David pursued advanced studies privately with internationally known and vastly divergent jazz pianists Joanne Brackeen, Dave Burrell and Edsel Gomez.
David's accomplishments include a jazz CD ('Recyclical'), a Jazz Suite ('Strange Loop') with improvised interactive video commissioned by Philadelphia University, a Music Suite ('Paint') for live painting performance with the fine art painter Nathan Distefano that was commissioned by and performed for Doylestown Health and Wellness Center, performances on three of jazz vocalist/composer Kaylé Brecher's CDs ('Spy Music', 'Urban Objects' and 'Spirals and Lines'),and one of Dzubinski's compositions has been published by Freddie Hubbard's Hubtones.
David has also composed and performed music for radio shows, the theater, fashion shows and has he has performed with interactive dance and movement troupes. He composed a score for the Society Hill Playhouse production of Sam Sheppard's 'Suicide in Bb', was both composer and performer at Philadelphia's TLA in the stage show 'The Little Big Broadcast of 1939' as well as an actor/pianist in the play 'Shooting Magda' at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater. Other performances have included the jazz and third stream group the Klein Four, the Junior Mints, Sotto Voce, Stravinsky Rhythm, Marilyn Flanagan, Mischa Machez, G. Calvin Weston's treasures of the Spirit - the music of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and The Network for New Music at the Painted Bride Art Center.
Versatile and able to think out of the box, David has directed group improvisations in public spaces which integrated crowd interactions and movements; his eye toward unique inspiration has led him to incorporating video and paintings as fodder for composing ensemble pieces and constructing improvisational frame works.
Currently, David Dzubinski can be seen performing in the Philadelphia, New York and South Jersey areas with G. Calvin Weston, Kaylé Brecher, Elliott Levin, Mischa Machez trio, Elliot Garland, Jason Fraticelli, Anwar Marshall, Josh Lawrence, Bert Harris, Tim Motzer, John Swana, Tom Spiker, Warren Oree, Frank Butrey, Tim Vaughan, Chris Coyle, Brass Roots, The Blue Groove, Jazz Diffraction, Jason Fifield (Jazz Bridge) and others at many of the area's prominent fine jazz and blues venues.
Piano, theory and composition lessons with David are available Monday through Friday at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill.
EJ(EunJung)Park, was born in Gwangju, South Korea where she began formal music study at the age of five. Between second grade and her entrance to Dong Ah Institute of Media for voice, she participated in and won several piano and voice competitions. After graduating from University of Cheonnam as a piano major she attended Dong Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA) to study voice. It was there that she became exposed to jazz and quickly determined that jazz would be the perfect vehicle for the creative self expression she was seeking.
In Korea, EJ performed at many well known jazz venues and participated in various concerts, singing both jazz and gospel music. She served as leader/arranger of "Da Capo," a jazz vocal group and taught voice at the Entertainment Management Academy. In 2011 EJ's love for jazz and her commitment to artistic growth led her to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies, graduating in 2013.
Since graduation EJ has performed extensively, singing both jazz and gospel music. She completed an eight state tour of the east coast and performed at the prestigious Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As a solo vocalist/pianist she has performed at the Revel Resort Casino in Atlantic City and at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. EJ also performs and records as featured vocalist with the Don Glanden Jazz Trio.
EJ teaches classical, pop and jazz piano to students of all ages.
Piano lessons with EJ are available on Monday at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill.
Frank Staneck earned a BA in Music from West Chester University (1980) and a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Temple University (1985) where he studied with Clifford Taylor and Maurice Wright.
His compositions have been performed by The Wister Quartet (Philadelphia Orchestra members), The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, The Greater South Jersey Chorus, Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey, The Independence Sinfonia, The West Jersey Chamber Music Society, The Rochester Oratorio Society, The North Shore Chamber Orchestra of Vancouver B.C. and the Orchestra of the Swan in England to name a few. His music has been aired on Temple University Public Radio WRTI 90.1 FM, WHYY 91 FM Philadelphia’s NPR station, and on “Classical Discoveries” with Marvin Rosen on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton. His String piece “A Suite for Ursula”, written for Ursula Vaughan Williams, was featured at Artistic Director Tasmin Little’s Spring Sounds International Music Festival 2009 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England where David Curtis conducted The Orchestra of the Swan in the UK premiere. The Birmingham Post called his music “sonorous and attractive”. Maestro David Curtis took "A Suite for Ursula" to Beijing and conducted it there along with a new piece "Prelude for Strings" at the American International Schools Festival in November 2009.
Piano, theory and composition lessons with Frank are available on Thursdays at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill.
Karl Tricomi, piano teacher at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill, holds a Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Science degree in piano performance from the Eastman and Juilliard Schools respectively, and has completed doctoral courses in composition at Temple University.
At Eastman he studied piano with Jose Echaniz and Earl Wild, composition with Samuel Adler and Burrill Phillips, and organ with David Craighead. He also took courses in music pedagogy with Gladys Leventon and Wallace Gray, among others, and studied accompanying with Brooks Smith. While at Eastman he was awarded a fellowship as an accompanist for student recitals, and for master classes of the noted Wagnerian baritone, Julius Heuhn.
At Juillliard, Karl studied piano with Katherine Bacon and music literature and theory with Hugh Aitken. He also served as accompanist and coach for the clarinet students of Leon Russianoff.
He attended Temple University for doctoral courses, studying composition with Clifford Taylor and Maurice Wright, stylistic analysis with Jan Krwzwicki, and music history with Mildred Parker and Eve Meyer.
Karl made his New York solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) and has since performed extensively in the United States and Europe. Concert engagements have taken him to cities such as Boston and Washington in the U.S. and to Rome and Assisi in Italy. In Rome he appeared with the Rome Festival Orchestra, and performed as soloist, accompanist, and in numerous chamber music recitals.
As a composer, Karl's works have been performed widely in the United States and Europe. Performances of his music have taken place at Temple University, Catholic University, New York's 92nd Street,"Y" and have been recorded on the Centaur record label.
Karl also plays jazz and cocktail piano from time to time and has appeared at such venues as The 4 Seasons in Philadelphia and the Viennese cafe in Cherry Hill. He has served as music director for productions at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, as well as off-Broadway productions in New York.
Karl's teaching experience includes the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx, N.Y., the Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and Rowan College at Burlington County. A teacher for many years, he has taught classes as well as private lessons in piano, theory, and music appreciation. His students have been accepted at colleges such as Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Northwestern University, and have won numerous competitions, including the New Jersey Music Teachers' Association and Arts 4 Teens.
His philosophy of teaching, however, is inclusive of students of all levels and abilities. Students of a more elementary level are as important to him as the more advanced, and he seeks to instill in every student a love of music, the development of a musical ear, and creative sensitivity. His approach to teaching is positive and relaxed and allows the student to learn at their own pace and takes their musical tastes into consideration. His philosophy of teaching may be summarized is as follows:
"Successful teaching results from the personal and musical experiences of the teacher, and the ability to relate to and engage students. Students should perceive that the teacher loves teaching and catch the wave of his enthusiasm, both for the music, and for the students themselves".
Piano lessons with Karl are available on Monday and Thursday at the NJ School of Music in Cherry Hill.