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  • About Andy

    MUSICIAN: Composer, Arranger, Recording Artist, Performer, Educator, Producer
    INSTRUMENTS: Piano, Keyboards, World Music (wind~string~percussion), Drums, Electric Bass
    PRODUCTION: Studio Owner, Sound Design, Multimedia Content Creator, Studio Musician

    STYLES & GENRES: Jazz, World Music (African, Asian, Middle East, Native American, Latin & Afro-Cuban, South American), Fusion, Funk, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Blues and Boogie, New Age, Gospel, Adult Contemporary, Television/Radio themes, Web & Digital Media, Corporate.

    andywassermanPianist and native New Yorker Andy Wasserman draws on an astonishingly diverse range of experiences in the music industry. His original compositions, arrangements and instrumental performances on many recordings and soundtracks for TV, Radio and Film productions have appeared on the NBC, CBS and ABC networks, as well as Cable TV stations that include A & E, The Lifetime Network, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, TBS, Nickelodeon, The Turner Network, QVC and The Learning Channel. Internationally, his work has been heard on TV, film and radio produced around the world in countries that include Japan, Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and France.

    Wasserman's production studio and Indie record label TransMedia Sound & Music is his main vehicle for production assignments, from in-house scores and digital editing & mastering to multimedia content development. Corporate clients since 1987 have included AT&T, IBM, Panasonic, Mastercard, Sanofi-Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Mutual Insurance, Prentice-Hall, The Mayo Clinic, Castrol Motor Oil, Altered Image, Time-Life Music, Digital Cable Radio, New York Communications and Prime Productions. He is co-creator of the world music Beat of the Blue Planet interactive CD-ROM, a ground-breaking 1995 disc produced for the music software company Opcode Interactive, and has been working with the therapeutic and healing modalities of music in private and public forums since 1974.

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    Andy Wasserman has had numerous CDs and digital download albums of his compositions, arrangements and performances released in the USA over the last 20 years on different labels. Titles include KINDRED SPIRITS, UNIVERSAL BEAT, BEAD SONGS, HOUSE OF THE HEART, ANDY WASSERMAN PLAYS THE BLUES Volumes One and Two, TONAL GRAVITY POEMS Volume One, CONCORD, THE SEVEN VERTICAL SCALES, LUMINOSITY, WALK IN BALANCE, SONIC ARCHITECTURE, PATHWAYS, and CHILDHOOD.

    Additionally, his unique and sophisticated thematic solo piano work has been produced on special edition TV/Film Music Library CDs as composer, arranger and instrumentalist, distributed around the world by both the Pyramid Music Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 1) and the TWI North American Library (SOLO PIANO, Vol. 2) through licensing deals with Premier Radio Network.

    Wasserman's publishing company Andrew Roy Music has a catalog of 35 of his original compositions that have been recorded and released for worldwide distribution. BMI maintains a catalog of 73 published works with Wasserman as songwriter & composer. Andy entered the digital recording downloads and streaming market in June 2007. His 2020 licensing arrangement through TuneCore and Repost sells and plays his music through Google Play, YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Alibaba, Amazon Music, AMI Entertainment, Anghami, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook, Instagram, iHeartRadio, Claro Música, KKBox, MelonPlus, Napster, NetEase, Pandora Plus, Resso, Saavn, Shazam, Sound Exchange, Tencent,Tidal, TikTok, Twitch, VK, Yandex, MediaNet, Simfy Africa, VerveLife, Gracenote, 7digital, Spinlet, Neurotic Media, Target Music, Claromusica, Zvooq, 8Tracks,Q.sic, Kuack, PlayNetwork, Touchtunes, Music Island, Joox, TimMusic, SoundTrack Your Brand, Zed+ and Gaana.

    Wasserman began performing regularly at age 11 as a Hammond B3 organ player for religious services, a New York City Boy Scout Troop marching band snare drummer, a drummer in a Middle School rock band and an orchestral percussionist in High School. He has appeared primarily as a pianist in concerts and clubs since 1971. His original World Music multi-cultural productions have been presented as concert performances and teaching workshops in thousands of festivals, schools, colleges and universities, museums and various public and private institutions since 1979. His arts-in-education management and representation has included the premier national agencies of Young Audiences (Connecticut and Massachusettes state chapters), Festival of Music, Hospitals Audiences, Jumpstart, BOCES and Morris Arts.

    He has taught master classes as a visiting guest artist at Berklee College of Music, North Texas State University, Delmar College - Corpus Cristi, TX, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Georgia, Jersey City State College, and at the Percussive Arts Society International annual conferences in Nashville (1996) and Los Angeles (1997). He is one of only a few professional music educators certified directly by NEA Jazz Master and MacArthur Fellow George Russell to teach The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of Tonal Gravity (The LCCOTO).

    Wasserman has spent decades in collaboration with a many different dancers and dance companies, acting as composer and accompanist. He was musical director and/or taught the course from his Book/CD "Music For Dancers" at dance festivals around the US such as The Rhythm Explosion (Boseman, Montana), The New York City "Tap City"  and the St. Louis Tap Festival.

    Click to learn more about Andy's educational and professional background Andy Wasserman at the ALL ABOUT JAZZ website

    CLICK HERE to contact Andy via phone or by sending an email from this website.

    Visit Andy Wasserman's official video channel on YOUTUBE.

    UPDATED NEWS: a recent in-depth interview with Andy Wasserman on his life's work in music appears in JAZZ MONTHLY Magazine. View the interview and link on the home page of Jazz Monthly at this URL: JAZZMONTHLY.COMor go directly to the full article at this page: JAZZMONTHLY.COM/ANDY-WASSERMAN

    JULY 1, 2020 - UPDATED NEWS: Andy Wasserman begins weekly Live Streamed Concerts each Sunday at 7:00pm Eastern Time. Click THIS LINKto view current and past concerts. You can view the latest Live Stream Concert on SONGKICK:

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    SEPTEMBER 19, 2020 - UPDATED NEWS: Andy Wasserman's latest album releases of original music for solo piano are now available on BANDCAMP.

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    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SUMMARY

    • Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
    • Studied abroad at University and L'Academie des Musique in Sion, Switzerland.
    • Graduate studies in Music Therapy at New York University.
    • Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan.
    • Mentored through intensive, long-term private study by:
      • Dwike Mitchell - piano
      • George Russell - composition, Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (The LCCOTO)
      • Papa Ladji Camara - jembe (West African drumming)
      • Jeannette Giguere - classical piano
      • Anne Dodge - classical and jazz piano

    TEACHING BACKGROUND SUMMARY

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    • Private music teacher and mentor for 40 years; 2020 roster of over 25 students per week via online SKYPE lessons.
    • Visiting artist giving master classes at Universities, Colleges and Festivals throughout the United States.
    • Presenting master classes, workshops, teacher-training and performing concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 2000 schools, working with K-12 grade students and teachers since 1979.
    • Certified Instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization; providing lessons and seminars since 1982.
    • Creator of PIANO LESSON CITY, an online private lesson music school specializing in customized and personalized instruction for all ages, all levels and all styles

     

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  • Composer

    Wasserman owns his own publishing company Andrew Roy Music, and is a BMI composer, songwriter and recording artist since 1995.

    BMI maintains a current catalog of 73 published works and 142 registered recorded tracks with Wasserman as songwriter and composer. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to view the list of his 142 compositions registered with BMI.


    SEPTEMBER, 2020 UPDATE: Follow Andy Wasserman on Bandcamp! Check out his many recent recordings of all original compositions for piano:


    Wasserman entered into digital music distribution beginning in June 2007 with licensing to Apple iTunes, E-Music, Amazon.com, Spotify, BeatsMusic, GreatIndieMusic, PayPlay, GroupieTunes, Napster, Tradebit, MusicIsHere, BuyMusic, SNOCAP and Verizon.

    Andy's compositions and performances have aired on network television stations CBS, NBC, ABC and Cable networks that include A & E, The Lifetime Network, History Channel, Travel Channel, TBS, Nickelodeon, Turner Network, Learning Channel, among others. His work has been broadcast internationally on TV, radio and film in countries that include Japan, Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and France.

    JUNE 2020 UPDATE: Andy Wasserman presents his weekly Sunday evening Livestreaming Concert series entitled "The Listening Experience" featuring live performances of his original music: solo piano improvisations, compositions, Jazz and Blues, performed on his beautifully restored classic 1924 Steinway Model "M" grand piano.

    These programs are free-of-charge and require no registration or login to view.

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM ON THIS WEBSITE AND WATCH THE ARCHIVED VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLAYLIST


    ~ LATEST NEWS:Andy Wasserman's solos, compositions and arrangements for piano TRANSCRIBED from recordings. These videos allow you to enjoy note-by-note transcriptions as they scroll, synchronized to the audio tracks. Watch, follow and listen! Sheet music PDF files available! CLICK HERE TO VIEW


    After writing and recording an original score for a WABC-TV (N.Y.) Eyewitness News advertising campaign through Mike Davis of New York Communications and Prime Productions, Wasserman signed a compact disk deal with the Pyramid Music Library. This exclusive needle-drop library of production music is only available to major film studios and television broadcasting networks here and abroad. The product was originally distributed internationally by Micheal Nurko of TRF Music Production Libraries, one of the largest distributors of music-for- visuals in the United States. The CD features 59 edits of 22 original compositions performed on solo acoustic piano by Wasserman.

    As of 2017, these Solo Piano recorded tracks, currently available for broadcast licensing and instant download, are offered by Adrenalin Sounds Production Music, based in Australia. To search the Wasserman track database, read the track descriptions and audition each song, click their LOGO and visit the site:

    Andy Wasserman recorded a second solo piano CD for the "All-Star Composers Library" with Andy Mark as Producer. It was recorded at Clinton Studios in New York City and consists of themes for film and TV in 9 different stylistic genres. It was licensed for release as part of the TWI North American Music Library. Other clients that have commissioned Andy to create original music scores include AT&T, Panasonic, Mastercard, Prentice- Hall, Castrol Motor Oil, Digital Cable Radio, Altered Image, Sanofi- Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Mutual Insurance.

    Andy continues be very active composing and arranging for both Western and non-Western instrumentation. He writes for piano, synthesizers, samplers, electronic percussion, as well as arrange for bands and orchestral ensembles in addition to specializing in world music influenced pieces that incorporate his collection of instruments from around the world. Many of his original works have been commissioned as collaborative projects for choreographers and dance ensembles. The heart of Wasserman's inspiration as a composer comes from his mentoring in the LCCOTO by it's creator George Russell and his world renowned theory of tonal gravity "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization."

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    Andy Wasserman's BMI catalog contains the following registered original music works:

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    AMBASSADOR OF THE ANCESTORS
    ANY STATE OF MIND
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    BEAD BLESSINGS
    BIG SKY
    BLACK RIVER LULLABY
    BOOGIE CHASE
    BOOGIE WOOGIE ROCK
    BUMPITY BUMP
    CEREMONIAL BERIMBAU
    CLOUDLESS SKY
    COCKTAIL NOODLES
    CONFIDENCE IN HIM
    COOL DE SAC
    COUNT BASICS
    CRUISE TO RIO
    DAILY DJEMBE
    DUKE S DESTINY
    FLAT ROCK JOURNEY
    FRIENDSHIP
    GAMELON TRANCE
    GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD
    GRATEFUL FOR NICI
    GRUSIN JAMES
    HAPPY CHASE
    HEADING TO CHURCH
    HUMMINGBIRD MOTHER
    IN THE LAND OF STRAYHORNS
    INNERMOST THOUGHT
    INSPIRATIONAL CHORDS
    JAZZ MODERN
    JERRY LEE
    JUNGLEWIRE
    KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
    KINDRED SPIRITS
    KOTOLAND
    LAND OF TOMORROW
    LATIN LADY
    MARCHING DOWN MADISON
    MOCCASIN DANCE BALANCE AND JOY
    MOCCASIN DANCE GRATITUDE AND LOVE
    MOCCASIN DANCE PEACE AND BEAUTY
    MOCCASIN DANCE STRENGTH AND HEALING
    MOCCASIN DANCE UNITY AND TRUTH
    MORROCKEN SOCKEN
    NATIVE PRAYER
    NEW DAY CLEAN HEART
    NIPPON BLUES
    ON MY MIND
    PASTORAL
    PEANUT SOUP
    PHANTOM OF BROADWAY
    PLANETSCAPE
    POIGNANT MOMENTS
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    RESTFUL PEACE
    ROOMINATIONS NO 1
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    ROSIE S CHEEKS
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    SOAPY WATERFALL
    SPIC N SPAN
    STORY WATER
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  • George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept

    The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) resonates supreme at the epicenter of George Russell's prodigious life work. This innovative band leader, influential composer, legendary educator and philosophically profound master of music devoted 50 years of tireless, purposeful development in forging and generously disseminating his visionary theoretical system. Maestro Russell's singular world-renowned theory reveals an objective, illuminating vista of interrelated and boundless insights into what music is telling us about its own innate nature and reciprocal architectonics.

    "The Concept" establishes an open-ended, pan-stylistic foundation in which levels of tonal gravity act as prime, integral moving forces within music.

    Detailed information about George Russell can be found HERE at his personal website, as well as LydianChromaticConcept.comthe authorized cyberspace home of The Concept. His hard-cover book, the fourth edition (2001) can be ordered directly from Concept Publishing through Amazon.com

    Andy Wasserman has been continually active as a teacher of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization" since 1982 when he was designated by George Russell as a certified instructor, authorizing him to teach Russell's "Concept" in it's entirety. He was an editorial assistant to Maestro Russell from 1980 until Russell's death in 2009. Information about Andy Wasserman's private teaching can be found HERE. He offers customized online private lessons to students around the world via video chat, phone and email. A website dedicated to Andy's customized internet distance learning music courses can be viewed AT THIS LINK.

    Wasserman's primary aim is to maintain the integrity, authenticity and purity of George Russell's life's work by dedicating the transmission of its invaluable innovation explicitly as Russell and his wife Alice Norbury Russell intended it to be shared - thereby respecting and honoring his monumental legacy for future generations.

    Here is a letter of recommendation written by Mr. Russell about Andy Wasserman and his work with the Lydian Chromatic Concept

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    BACKGROUND STORY

    Wasserman first heard Russell's compositions and arrangements on the 1959 Decca Records LP "New York, N.Y." As a native New Yorker who grew up in Manhattan, Andy felt a strong connection with the message, the music, the sounds and the emotions of this brilliant work.

    One of the most comprehensive and sensitive reviews ever published on George Russell's music with primary focus on the "New York, N.Y." recording is by Steven Cerra. You can read this informative, well-written article at THIS LINK to the Jazz Profiles Blog where it was posted on April 27, 2013, or the text only on this site HERE.

    Andy made the decision to move to Boston in 1978 to enroll at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) with the definitive aim of apprenticing under the guidance of George Russell, a long-standing Department of Jazz Studies faculty member.

    He performed an original solo piano medley arrangement of Billy Strayhorn compositions in person for Maestro Russell as his entrance audition in Boston, and was approved as a full-time student in the Jazz Composition Division due to Russell's written evaluation endorsement, which declared "applicant accepted: good sense of harmony and orchestration."

    While attending NEC, Wasserman interned as a substitute instructor for Mr. Russell’s classes in the Lydian Chromatic Concept whenever the Russell's “Living Time Orchestra” was on international concert tours and carried out a variety of publishing responsibilities as an editorial assistant for the fourth and final edition of "The Concept."

    He received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition as a protege of Mr. Russell in 1982 along with a certification directly from George Russell to teach "The Concept" privately and in seminars. He has had the honor of assisting George and Alice Russell in preserving and propagating this exceedingly meaningful work ever since.

    Andy Wasserman is one of only a handful of people selected, certified and sanctioned by George Russell to represent his work exactly as he intended it to be taught and shared. Click HERE to view a poster from a seminar Andy gave at The Jazz School (now known as The California Jazz Conservatory) in Berkeley, California.

    George Russell was Andy's mentor in not only the Lydian Chromatic Concept, but also in the art and science of musical composition. Read more about that HERE.


    TRIBUTE TO A VERTICAL MAN

    George Russell stood tall and resolute as a vertical man, meaning he acknowledged, listened to, and gave his undivided attention to a potent transforming magnetic center within. It is this deeply meaningful internal process - his essence -which guided him each and every day. A very high level of integrity, refinement and excellence prevailed in his life. Beauty, truth and goodness took precedent above and beyond anything else.

    An influential and authentically innovative figure in the evolution of modern Jazz, George Russell (June 23, 1923 – July 27, 2009) was one of its greatest composers, and its most important theorist. His The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, first published in 1953, is credited as a great pathbreaker into modal music, as pioneered by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

    Most of Jazz music’s most important developments since the 1950s — from modal improvisation to electronics, African polyrhythms to free form, atonality to jazz rock — were taken to another level by Russell’s pioneering work. Russell's Living Time Orchestra has performed throughout the world, including the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Festival d’Automne and Cîté de la Musique in Paris, and Tokyo Music Joy. His career as a leader includes major label releases on LP and CD of more than 30 recordings,working with such musicians as Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Jan Garbarek.

    Among Russell's awards are the following:

    • the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Grant
    • the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) American Jazz Master Award
    • two Guggenheim Fellowships in Music Composition
    • six NEA grants
    • three Grammy nominations
    • the American Music Award
    • the British Jazz Award
    • the Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Award
    • the Swedish Jazz Federation Lifetime Achievement Award
    • election to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music

    The New England Conservatory of Music bestowed an honorary Doctor of Music degree on George Russell in 2005 after Russell retired from the faculty, having taught 30 years in the Jazz Department. Learn more about Maestro Russell's work at New England Conservatory HERE.

    Russell's music compostion commissions include the British Council, Swedish Broadcasting, the Glasgow International Festival, the Barbican Centre, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.

    He taught throughout the world, and was a guest conductor for Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, German, and Italian radio. Russell has been the subject of documentaries by National Public Radio (NPR), NHK Japan, Swedish Broadcasting, and the BBC.


    OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE: NEW BIOGRAPHY OF GEORGE RUSSELL PUBLISHED THIS MONTH

    "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" - by Dr. Duncan Heining, is now in publication and for sale through Amazon Worldwide AT THIS LINK. It is available in both Kindle and Paperback versions. This revised, expanded and updated authorized biography was originally published as "George Russell: The Story of an American Composer,"released in December, 2009 by Scarecrow Press as part of their African American Cultural Theory and Heritage Series. That edition was awarded Winner/Finalist for the 2010 ARSC Award for Excellence: Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz category. The new book includes much more detailed information devoted to The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization than the 2009 book. If you want to know everything about the life and works of Maestro Russell, get this new book! Highly recommended!


    The Music Division of The Library of Congress commissioned an essay for inclusion in the program notes honoring George Russell at his May, 1999 Living Time Orchestra concert in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium in Washington DC. CLICK THIS LINK TO READ THE ESSAY IN PDF FORMAT.


    The Art and Science of Tonal Gravity

    George Russell's LYDIAN CHROMATIC CONCEPT OF TONAL ORGANIZATION - The Art and Science of Tonal Gravity is one of the most important music theories of all time.

    book-coverFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. What is the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization? The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is a theory of music and the life work of George Russell. It has existed in a state of continual evolution since the early 1950s. The most recently released Fourth Edition (2001) is entitled “Volume One: The Art and Science of Tonal Gravity.” This new publication presents the work in a highly comprehensive and organized manner, totally surpassing any previous editions. Most people familiar with this body of knowledge refer to it simply as “The Concept.”

    2. What is the aim of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? The principal aim of The Concept is to grasp the behavior of all musical activity (i.e. – melody, harmony, rhythm and form) from the most objective viewpoint possible. It seeks to document observations within music’s “genetic code” by charting the framework of laws that act as guidelines for composition, improvisation and analysis. Its purpose is to provide a road map of the musical universe that tells you where all the roads are, but does not tell you which roads to take.

    3. What is the primary difference between the Lydian Chromatic Concept and all other theories of music? Unlike any other theory of music, Mr. Russell’s Concept establishes gravity as the driving force in music. By seeking what music ITSELF is telling us about its own elemental structure, The Concept supplies the necessary means to conceive that a gravitation field of tones exists as a self-organized order of unity. The Concept does not disprove the discoveries and contributions of other musical theories, but rather explains where their truths rest in the context of tonal gravity.

    4. What is Tonal Gravity? Tonal gravity is the heart of the Lydian Chromatic Concept. Simply put, the basic building block of tonal gravity is the interval of the perfect fifth. Every tone within Western music’s equal tempered tuning relates to every other tone by either being close to - or distant from - the center of gravity, which is the tonic (or “DO”) of the Lydian Scale. There are 3 states of tonal gravity: Vertical, Horizontal, and Supra-Vertical.

    5. Why is the Lydian Scale of paramount importance in this Concept? The Lydian Scale was not chosen as the primary scale for this system of music theory because it sounds nice or has some subjective or historical significance. Since the interval of a fifth is the building block of tonal gravity, a seven-tone scale created by successive fifths establishes the most vertically unified harmonic order whereby the gravity falls down each fifth back to the singular Lydian tonic. When seven ascending consecutive fifths (i.e. – C, G, D, A, E, B, F#) are arranged within one single octave, the result is the Lydian Scale.

    6. What is the fundamental difference between the Lydian and Major Scale? As described in the answer to the previous question, the Lydian Scale has one single tonic, otherwise known as the “DO” of the scale. The Major Scale is known as a diatonic (meaning: two tonic) scale. Therefore, the essential difference between these two scales is that the Lydian (a single tonic scale) is in a state of unity with itself, and the Major Scale, with its two tonics, is in a state of resolving.

    7. What is a Lydian Chromatic Scale? The Lydian Chromatic Scale is the most complete expression of the total self-organized tonal gravity field with which all tones relate on the basis of their close to distant magnetism to a Lydian tonic. 

    8. Are there any historical and acoustical foundations underlying the Concept? The recently published edition of the Concept goes into great depth and discussion concerning the historical and acoustical foundations underlying the Concept. These ideas are critical to understanding the significance of this theory, and are too involved and elaborate to post on this website. It should be noted that the current book presents these specific subjects far more extensively than in previous editions.

    9. Who can most benefit by studying the Lydian Chromatic Concept? One of the beauties of The Concept is that it is designed for musicians and non-musicians alike. Its contribution is relevant in all stylistic genres of music and from all time periods. It even extends beyond Western music to some ancient forms of non-Western music. Most students of The Concept tend to be composers, improvisers, and people interested in the analysis of already existing musical compositions. Many people outside of music are drawn to The Concept due to its objective view of tonal gravity. George Russell’s indelible mark as a jazz innovator, composer and band leader (along with his work as a theoretician) has established a platform worldwide for this work that is intrinsically tied to the development of jazz dating back to the early 1950s. 

    10. Does a student of the Concept have to abandon their already existing knowledge of Western music theory? Students of this work are able to adapt their own musical perspectives to the ideas presented by the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. For example, analysis of compositions by J.S. Bach and Maurice Ravel are included in the current volume to reinforce the all-inclusive nature of tonal gravity.

    GeorgeAndy1996cropWEB11. Is the current revised edition dramatically different from the previous editions? Yes. Generally speaking, the previous editions of the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (dating back to 1953) were focused more on the “how-to” aspect of improvising. The more robust, comprehensive and detailed current volume adds never before published depth and dimension through exhaustive examples of analysis, scales, background information and test examples for the student.

    12. What are the extra-musical considerations of the Lydian Chromatic Concept? George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization stretches far beyond the usual parameters of music theory, having deep roots linked to the science of acoustics, physics, world culture and political history. Its framework is applicable in almost any stylistic genre of music – both Western and non-Western – encompassing the European classical tradition as solidly as the lineage of jazz innovators. On the esoteric side, the “Concept” makes connections with psychological disciplines and spiritual pathways, nurturing a balance between both the internal and external extra-musical elements critical to any artistic process.

    13. Are there any connections drawn in The Concept between music and psychology? No art form or theory is complete without some basis in psychology and spirituality. Artists most often describe the process of creativity in transparent and intangible terms. Most - if not all - music theoretical systems have chosen to ignore the inclusion of this key internal element. While Mr. Russell’s system encourages each student of the “Concept” to explore their own ideas and paths, it freely discusses many potent ideas underlying some specific psychological perspectives and ancient wisdom traditions and the relationships between one’s ‘essence’ and ‘personality’. Ancient psychological systems made analogies between the evolution of a person’s mind and being and metaphorical terms such as scale, harmony, vertical and horizontal.

    14. Has the Lydian Chromatic Concept been taught at any established educational institutions? Mr. Russell played a key role in the famous Lenox School of Jazz, and went on to teach The Concept at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for over 30 years. He has given seminars in this work around the world and has personally guided countless private students. The Lydian Concept is being taught by accredited teachers at the Universities of Massachusetts and Indiana, the Longy School of Music, and the Josef Hauer Konservatoriums in Austria. The previously released versions of the book have been used to teach the LCCOTO at colleges and universities around the world over the last 40 years.There are currently a small number of instructors in the United States, Europe and Japan who are formally certified by George Russell to teach the Concept.

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    The following text, written by Andy Wasserman, is the foreword to the current, in print publication of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - Volume One, The Art and Science of Tonal Gravity (Fourth Edition, 2001, Concept Publishing Company)

    GeorgeLeadsPathWEBAs you will soon discover for yourself, the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization requires us to think in a new way. While it is inevitable that you will bring what you know to the Concept, you will soon realize the dramatic difference of this musical landscape where tones, scales, chords, and modes resonate within the Principle of Tonal Gravity. In order for this to begin to work within you and within your music, it is strongly suggested that you give these ideas your complete openness and attention, and, even for brief moments, let go of your preconceptions of the theoretical foundations of Western music. The knowledge that appears in this volume of the Lydian Chromatic Concept has been distilled very carefully to allow students of the Concept to adapt their own musical perspectives to this one.

    The unified core of ideas at the root of the Concept has the potential to transport music into a realm of deeper meaning. Opening up to those possibilities requires patience, concentrated thought, and dedicated study. Therefore it is important to realize that you cannot assimilate these ideas from too narrow a basis, either intellectually or emotionally. By making the effort to absorb the terminology and structure presented here, your musical foundation can be made stronger and the connections between you and your music more intelligent. Once the unity of the Concept begins to penetrate your practical understanding, everything in it becomes useful. It is then that its message challenges you to inquire musically and psychologically into the things you think and feel. For this reason, it is crucial to embrace the Concept from an emotionally receptive position of seeking something genuine for yourself in a world where most music is far removed from innovation and excellence. To do this requires a willingness to learn that emanates from self-motivation. The Concept has a unique way of interpreting and translating the things of great value that music can tell us--something about the meaning of organization and gravity. Its purpose is to generate new pathways toward greater freedom in exercising aesthetic judgment and discernment that invoke a more objective fulfillment of musical statement. The focus, attention, and consciousness you put into the study of the Concept will uncover greater meaning and an expansion of your musical understanding, regardless of the stylistic genre of music to which you apply it.

    Throughout this course of study you will notice that terms like vertical, horizontal, and the relationship to states of tonal gravity signal an eloquent departure from the major-minor consonant-dissonant system that is commonly taught to students. This specific language, when integrated into your thinking, can bring about personal advancement that will convey insight and innovation to your craft. The ideas are interrelated for a unity like that of a mandala, rather than the compartmentalized, noncontiguous elements that form commonly accepted notions of musical behavior. By its very nature, the Lydian Chromatic Concept will give you a fresh outlook that can aid in bringing life to your musical understanding. This requires you to master a sense of independence and self-awareness. Try to "visualize" the relationships presented in this book by "hearing" its knowledge with an inner ear that is capable of formulating your own singular musical ideas through the experience of an internal focus. This focal point can help you decipher between the superficial, mechanical associations you may be accustomed to making in your compositions or improvisations and the quality of consciousness that allows many levels of subtlety to come into play. Simply to imitate what others have played and composed is not enough.

    It may be beneficial for you to consider adopting a reciprocal attitude to digesting the Concept whereby the energy you give while implementing its ideas will fuel your passage through unexpected doors of discovery. Having a specific aim while working with the Concept can he helpful. Whether you are a composer, instrumentalist, improviser, educator, arranger, or theoretician, and even if you come to this book from outside the profession of music, finding an aim as you work will allow you to put this knowledge into action and have it work for you. Use this book as a map to help you aim for that which extends beyond your customary approach. This will require you to examine some basic questions about the meaning behind an organization of musical tones and why you play or write music. As you absorb this knowledge and become more intimate with its fundamental principles, such as the actuality of a passive "do" which yields to everything in scale that is higher that itself (Chapter II), you can begin to unearth a vision of your innate "response-abilities" within your musical discipline. At its essence, The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization creates a self-organized and infinite range of possibilities for us to master.

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  • Lydian Chromatic Concept Update: revised and expanded biography on the life and music of George Russell published on October 15, 2020 now available at Amazon.

    The new authorized biography on the author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" (LCCOTO) is entitled "Stratusphunk: The Life and Works of George Russell" written by Dr. Duncan Heining. Originally published in 2009 under the title 'George Russell: The Story of an American Composer', this 371 page new edition published by Jazz Internationale (Suffolk, UK) offers students and fans of jazz a seriously revised and extended text based on additional research and interviews.

    The author Dr. Duncan Heining has written about jazz and other music genres since 1996 for Avant, The Independent, Jazzwise, Jazz UK and All About Jazz. His other books are: Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz 1960-1975 (Equinox 2012) and Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox 2018).

    The new edition is available now in both Kindle and Paperback versions on Amazon AT THIS LINK.

    Here's the press release description from the publisher:
    "Stratusphunk is the story of remarkable musician and a remarkable man. Through his ideas and music, composer, theorist and musician George Russell joins the dots in modern jazz from bebop, though modal and free jazz and into jazz rock. It is hard to imagine another artist, who was both so influential but also so misunderstood. Throughout his life, as an African-American, George Russell confronted and overcame the many obstacles thrown in his way of racism, class inequalities and life-threatening illnesses. Widely acknowledged for his influence on the many of the developments in jazz from the fifties onwards, Russell’s impact on the music came both from his writings and teaching and from his compositions and recordings.His life and work connected with many of the most seminal figures in jazz - Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Carla Bley and Ornette Coleman – influencing these musicians and being influenced by them. For the first time in paperback and in a fully revised edition, Stratusphunk makes Russell’s story, music and theories available to scholars, students and fans."

    This new book contains a very touching dedication to George Russell's son Jock Millgardh, Jock's wife and children (George's three grandchildren).

    Regarding Chapter Four of "Stratusphunk":

    I was overjoyed to discover that this new revised and expanded text has much more detailed documentation explaining George Russell's monumental music theory treatise on tonal gravity than the 2009 biography.

    As someone who was personally interviewed by Dr. Heining along with other certified teachers of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept" for his first biography, specifically in relation to my work as a member of the team of editorial assistants to Maestro Russell for 20 years on the fourth and final edition of "The Concept" and having had the honor of writing the foreword to that book, I commend Heining for allowing his readers to gain a greater understanding of what George Russell considered to be the pinnacle of his life's work. Perhaps after reading Dr. Heining's revised and expanded biography more people within and without academia will be open to exploring, studying, playing and appreciating "The Concept" in its entirety.

    I give this new book my highest recommendation. It offers a comprehensive perspective to anyone who wishes to absorb an in-depth and scholarly researched chronicle of this great vertical man (my mentor of over 30 years) and the life story behind all that went into his innovative contributions to the world of music.

    You can read more about this new book on the ALL ABOUT JAZZ website AT THIS LINK.

    And while you are visiting the ALL ABOUT JAZZ website, enjoy these excellent articles about George Russell:

    In Memorium to George Russell: interviews and quotes and dedications by fellow artists and music industry professionals

    Article entitled "Why George Russell Will Always Live In Time" by Raul D'gama Rose


    LINKS TO OTHER GEORGE RUSSELL AND LYDIAN CHROMATIC CONCEPT PAGES ON ANDYWASSERMAN.COM

    https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/george-russell-s-lydian-chromatic-concept

    https://andywasserman.com/music-theory

    https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/composer

    https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons/realtime-online-lessons

    https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons


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  • Music Theory

    Andy Wasserman received a degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory with years of intensive study with George Russell and his renowned classic text "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization."

    There is no way to describe the forces that prevail inside Andy Wasserman's compositional ideas and styles without taking into consideration the profound influence that George Russell has had on him. Mr. Russell's monumental contribution to the world of music theory, and the only fully-formed, complete pan-stylistic theory of music to come from the African-American Jazz tradition is his "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization" (a/k/a The LCCOTO)

    The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is a major part of innovator, band leader, composer and Jazz master George Russell entire life's work. He spent 50 years developing this system that takes a very objective view of music, and describes in great detail what the music itself is telling us. It establishes gravity as the prime moving force in music. More detailed information about George Russell can be found HEREat his personal website, as well as the cyberspace home of "The Concept," LydianChromaticConcept.com.

    Andy Wasserman specializes in teaching his students the meaning behind the music through traditional Western music theory and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO). He includes quite a bit of theoretical information in his instrumental lessons but is also working with a few students whose entire focus is the study of music theory.

    Additionally, Andy teaches musicians how to improvise and express themselves freely and with originality on any instrument. The two disciplines of music theory and improvisation go hand in hand. Think of music theory as learning how to speak a language and improvisation as then deciding what it is that you wish to say in that new language.

    A student must be an advanced beginner on their instrument and at least 9 years old in order to pursue these subjects.

    Anyone can learn how to improvise within any style of contemporary music, but the art of improvisation is often best suited in the context of Jazz - American's indigenous improvisational music.

    In this study the student learns to listen and build phrases that communicate a coherent, simple and clear meaningful musical statement while exploring rhythmic invention. Andy gives you the tools to build your own improvised sound with a time-tested method of teaching from the perspective of self-expression and creativity. After all, that's what improvisation is all about - and music theory gives you the map with which to navigate your journey of exploration.

    These lessons can be of tremendous help to aspiring songwriters and composers in mastering their artistic and aesthetic judgment as well.


     The resonance of music circulates as architecture in sound. A mansion with many rooms, doors and windows.

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  • Piano

    PianoConcertHallMOwebThe piano is Andy Wasserman's main instrument and the heart of his life's work in music. It is a perfect vehicle for the totality of his creative artistic expression. 

    His solo piano style fuses spontaneity, expressive nuance and subtlety, harmonic intimacy, rhythmic intricacy, and an eloquent spectrum of polished dynamic gradation.

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    Andy Wasserman began exploring piano at age 3, and started lessons at 7 in the innovative Robert Pace multi-key method. He studied Jazz at the Metropolitan Music School (18 W. 74 St., Manhattan) with Anne Bacon Dodge from elementary through high school, moving on to develop a life-changing 30-year relationship with Jazz piano virtuoso Dwike Mitchell. Mitchell discusses mentoring Andy in the "New York" chapter of his biography written by William Zinsser entitled "Mitchell and Ruff." (photo: Maestro Dwike Mitchell and AW)

    Scroll down to the bottom of this page to hear some solo piano masterpieces of Dwike Mitchell.

     

    JUNE 2020 UPDATE: Andy Wasserman presents his weekly Sunday evening Livestreaming Concert series entitled "The Listening Experience" featuring live performances of his original music: solo piano improvisations, compositions, Jazz and Blues, performed on his beautifully restored classic 1924 Steinway Model "M" grand piano. These programs are free-of-charge and require no registration or login to view.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND VIEW THE LIVESTREAM OR WATCH THE ARCHIVED VIDEO PLAYLIST



    ~ NEW:Andy Wasserman's solos, compositions and arrangements for piano TRANSCRIBED from recordings. These videos allow you to enjoy note-by-note transcriptions as they scroll, synchronized to the audio tracks. Watch, follow and listen! Sheet music PDF files available! CLICK HERE TO VIEW


    Andy earned his degree from New England Conservatory as a protege of Jazz composer George Russell and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) and received advanced classical piano training under Ms. Jeannette Giguere.

    Wasserman developed his signature sound, combining an expressive piano touch with an impressive technique. His performances merge his original compositions along with original arrangements and unique interpretations of the Jazz, Hollywood and Broadway "American Songbook" legacy. He is well versed in modern and traditional Chicago & Kansas City Blues and Boogie Woogie piano styles, 'new age', traditional standards and pop repertoires. His rhythmic invention and elegant harmonies stand as a living tribute to the tradition of fine music, past and present. Wasserman is a highly respected and experienced performing musician, popular throughout the United States since 1971.

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    In addition to his experience in a wide variety of ensemble settings, he has established himself as one of New York City's premier solo piano and electronic keyboard stylists. Wasserman was under contract with the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 from 1987 through 1996 for an uninterrupted nine-year solo piano engagement, performing every weekend on the Steinway grand in the Ambassador Room of the United Nations Plaza Hotel across from the United Nations in New York City. He has been a regular pianist at other fine New York City establishments that include the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station, The River Cafe at the Brooklyn Bridge, Dish of Salt at Rockefeller Center and Manhattan's Hotel Intercontinental, among many others.

     As of 2017, Andy Wasserman continues to perform in club and concert settings, at festivals, special events and private parties.

     

    He is also a highly experienced and in-demand instructor of piano for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in all styles. Click THIS LINK if you would like to learn more about taking piano lessons with Andy Wasserman, and visit THIS LINKon this website, or visit his PIANO LESSON CITY website for in-depth information on his customized private real-time online music lessons (internet distance learning) via webcam video chat, phone and email. To read student testimonial reviews CLICK HERE.


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    RECENT RECORDINGS OF ANDY WASSERMAN'S SOLO PIANO ARTISTRY

    All music composed, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Andy Wasserman

    Listen to his latest album releases: now available for purchase on BANDCAMP

    Each album jukebox player contains the entire album playlist with all tracks! Click the "track advance" arrows in lower-right of each player to hear more tracks.

     


    A CHILDHOOD OF CULTURAL PERCEPTION

    AWlogo2webAndy was nourished and nurtured with an enduring foundation in the American Songbook treasures of show tunes and standards through his Mom and Dad.

    Their Upper West Side Manhattan apartment life was invigorated by aesthetic sophistication and an unwavering reverence for all artistic disciplines, especially the deep love and devotion to great music. Eating supper together around the dining room table was a happy family time spent listening to and joyously singing along with the best of Broadway musical soundtrack records spinning on the turntable.

    From the 1950s through the 1970s, Andy's parents afforded their son nonstop opportunities to attend Broadway shows live on stage and experience a myriad of classical, jazz and world music concerts along with frequent visits to Manhattan's landmark museums and public cultural events. This inspirational upbringing was monumental in fostering Wasserman's cultural awareness as he matured into the artist he is today, for which he remains eternally grateful.


     

    WHEN NO ACOUSTIC PIANO IS AVAILABLE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES

    To achieve the most realistic, dynamically sensitive and satisfyingly musical emulation of a true Steinway grand piano sound, Andy Wasserman provides his own setup for any indoor or outdoor location. He utilizes a highly expressive 88-key professional digital piano, which is pre-amped into two Valvotronics D19 Tube Instrument DI boxes and then routed through Line6 StageSource, Roland Keyboard Stereo and Traynor sub-woofer amplified speaker systems. The entire configuration is interconnected with audiophile-grade custom designed and USA manufactured cables, including Evidence Audio's "Lyric," Colossal Cable's "Sweet Fat," Telefunken's  "Elektroakustik" and Sound Connection's CCC/II "VampireWire."

    You've got to hear it to believe it !!!

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  • Private Lessons

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    THE ANDY WASSERMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

    40 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    TEACHING ONLINE SINCE 2010 TO STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD

    Interactive, personalized instruction on the internet, customized and tailored to your level, musical taste, preferred stylistic genre and goals!
    Advanced and high-tech online teaching studio with state-of-the-art audio, video and software teaching tools.

    PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS IN REAL-TIME VIA VIDEO CHAT

    TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK WITH ANDY, click this CONTACT ANDY WASSERMAN linkTO SEND A CONTACT FORM MESSAGE.

    Musical artist and educator Andy Wasserman has been giving private music lessons online since 2010 with highly interactive, customized and personalized programs of study via video chat in real-time for students around the world (all ages and all levels). Click THIS LINK to find out more about his online lessons within this website.


    Andy Wasserman's Music Curriculum:

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

    PIANO - beginner, intermediate and advanced levels; all styles: Jazz, Classical, Pop, Standards and Showtunes, etc.
    DRUMS AND PERCUSSION - beginner and intermediate levels; drum set: all styles; West African and Afro-Cuban percussion
    ELECTRIC BASS - beginner level; all styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, etc.
    DIGITAL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - Music Software, Keyboard and Synth Programming, Electronic Drums, Looping, MIDI, Recording, Mac/Windows
    MUSIC AS THERAPY- instrumental lessons for Special Needs individuals of any age or level

    INSTRUCTION IN RELATED MUSIC STUDY

    MUSIC THEORY - foundations of theory for arranging, improvising and composing; creating your own arrangements for all styles of music
    COMPOSITION and ARRANGING- beginner, and intermediate through advanced levels
    IMPROVISATION- beginner, and intermediate through advanced levels on any instrument
    RHYTHMIC TRAINING - for all instrumentalists and vocalists

    CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR OF GEORGE RUSSELL'S LYDIAN CHROMATIC CONCEPT OF TONAL ORGANIZATION - the art and science of tonal gravity


    As of May, 2020, Wasserman works with 20 to 30 private students per week. He provides customized online music lessons to students around the world via video chat, phone and email. Please visit PIANO LESSON CITY, the companion website dedicated to Andy Wasserman's distance learning lessons for in-depth detailed information.

    For students in the Northwestern New Jersey area, he travels to their homes to provide the most convenient and satisfying music education experience.

    When students work with Andy, they benefit greatly by working with someone who is not only an educator, but a full-time professional musician who is involved in the creation of original music and continually focused on the evolution of his own artistry. Andy communicates that intensity of dedication, which in turn inspires and motivates his students to move forward. Music is a total commitment. The aim is to be able to hear it, then play it. This "emotional intelligence" helps a student become an artist, not simply a musician.

    AWheadshotHandOnFaceWEBFeel free to CONTACT ANDY to set up an appointment for an interview - which is free of charge and without obligation. At that time prospective students will receive a detailed policy regarding registration, tuition fees, payment schedules and lesson logistics. Scroll down this page to read testimonials from students. Scrolling further will reveal in-depth information about his courses, outlined by instrument and subject.

    As a full time professional musician and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience, Andy approaches every student as an individual regardless of their level. He does not have a preconceived rigid program or use a "cookie-cutter" plan that plugs a person into his methodology. Instead, he sees each student - regardless of age or level - in relation to their potential, addressing the student's own interests and goals and adapting to their strengths and unique talents.

    Wasserman's mission is to nurture, motivate and inspire the innate talent within each student. This is achieved by creating a unique program of study that leads to the fulfillment of their complete musical potential. He shares an enthusiastic dedication to his life's work in music, creating a fresh and vibrant atmosphere during the lessons by meeting the challenge to find what is most productive for each student. This educational philosophy allows room for experimentation in terms of course of study, books, and curriculum content. The goal is to allow the student to tap into the positive emotions and mindset that fuel the fire of passion for learning through the joy of music making.

    Unlike many other professional musicians who teach, he not only enjoys working with the advanced student, but is humbled and honored to be working with children with no previous experience. This is evident in the comfortable learning atmosphere he creates that fosters the development of a love and appreciation for all that music making can enrich our daily lives.

    The study of a musical instrument accelerates the growth of intelligence and establishes a keen sense of personal discipline while nuturing the valuable virtue of patience. By focusing the mind on listening and calming the nerves, music making is one of the healthiest outlets for self-expression, balance, creativity and joy - key ingredients in the development of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning).

    Additionally, Wasserman has had great success teaching music to those with special needs of any age, including those with developmental or neurological impairment, especially children with autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD or learning disabilities. For more information, CLICK THIS LINK to browse the "Holistic Music Healing" page on this website.

    CLICK THIS LINKTO VISIT THE TESTIMONIALS  PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE WITH DOZENS OF REVIEWS WRITTEN BY ANDY WASSERMAN'S PRIVATE STUDENTS PAST AND PRESENT.

    A QUESTION ASKED VERY OFTEN THESE DAYS - "Why study music with an experienced, qualified, life-long professional musician and music educator when you can simply watch YouTube videos and try teaching yourself?" The answer is this:

    Music is a deep and worthy subject to pursue.

    A deep subject must be studied deeply.

    A worthy subject must be studied in a worthy manner.

    In order to pursue music in an enjoyable, fulfilling, creative, connected and authentic way we must make a sincere intention and commitment to the process of learning as we grow to know it.

    To do that, we must study it correctly.

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    Lessons in Piano

    The piano is Andy's primary instrument.

    He has been playing piano for over 50 years and took formal lessons for nearly 30 years from a variety of highly experienced teachers. Wasserman passes along to his students the rich and diverse knowledge that he was fortunate to receive from his stellar mentors Anne Bacon Dodge, Dwike Mitchell, George Russell and Jeannette Giguere. As a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, Andy is well versed in a multitude of stylistic genres - yet many of his students come to him for his experience and expertise in Jazz, Blues, improvisation and the ability to create arrangements for solo piano.

    Click THIS LINK to learn more about Andy's professional career as a pianist.

    Andy's original approach and time-tested teaching methods place emphasis in these indispensable areas of music pedagogy:

    • developing a masterful piano touch with a full range of dynamic expression by working with gravity and relaxation
    • recognition of patterns in music; understanding the theory of music as a language
    • rhythmic training: how to count solid, steady beats in even and odd meters; develop rubato, swing, shuffle and syncopation time in different tempos with special focus on note sub-divisions
    • how to become a better listener and gain confidence in playing songs by ear: "if you can hear it, you can play it !!!"
    • using the piano as a creative activity for self-expression and inner, emotional awareness
    • establishing a vast piano repertoire in a variety of styles and genres
    • understanding how to play as a member of an ensemble, rhythmic section and in jam sessions
    • techniques for working as an accompanist - either of your own singing or for others
    • learning the many preparation and rehearsal skills required to feel comfortable and confident in order to enjoy performing your chosen repertoire in public - for family and friends, holiday celebrations, music recitals, talent shows, etc.

     

    Lessons in Drums and Percussion

    AWalexDrumLessonWEBThere is an ancient wisdom expression that says that the only thing a person can do to truly help their fellow human being is to improve their rhythm. Of course, this axiom relates to rhythm in the most general sense, such as the "bounce" in someone's step or the rhythm of their daily life.

    Andy brings a high level of discipline to his student's rhythmic training, mixing technique, playing by ear and note reading. He specializes in Funk, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Jazz and Afro-Cuban styles structured for beginner through intermediate level students of any age.

    His unique methods reinforce the musicality that can be expressed on the drums beyond just keeping time or playing grooves. He is currently working on an instructional book that explores the underlying universal rhythmic code that structures all rhythmic patterns.

    As a multi-instrumentalist, Andy often accompanies his drum students on piano, keyboards and/or his electric bass. This helps them to learn to hear what a "rhythm section" sounds like and how it works.

     

     ANDY'S EDUCATIONAL & PERFORMANCE BACKGROUND IN DRUMS AND PERCUSSION

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    • Drum student and performer in his school bands from 5th grade through first year of college.
    • Accepted to the High School of Music and Art (Manhattan) on drums and orchestral percussion.
    • Drummer in various rock, blues and jazz bands in the New York City area ages 12 - 17.
    • Performed and studied orchestral percussion (timpani and mallet instruments) in grades 7 through 10.
    • Performed in many New York City Fifth Avenue holiday parades on snare drum in Boy Scout marching bands.
    • Decades of private and group study on non-Western hand percussion, drum kit and electronic drums.
    • Over 35 years of performing drums and percussion in his World Music Experience arts-in-education concerts

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    Lessons in Composition, Arranging, Theory and Improvisation

    Andy Wasserman is an accomplished BMI composer and arranger (click THIS LINK to read more about his composition background and experience) who also gives private lessons to aspiring musicians who wish to create their own music. He welcomes beginners who are new to composition and/or arranging, as well as the more advanced musicians and songwriters who have already begun to craft their own music.

    His current roster of composition students consist of very motivated and inspired budding composers in elementary school, middle school and high school grade levels, as well as adult students and professional musicians.

    Private lessons in composition very often include instruction in George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of tonal gravity. Maestro Russell was Wasserman's composition and theory professor at New England Conservatory of Music. This "Concept" is easily assimilated by students who have little or no previous study in traditional Western music theory. The fundamentals of music theory are essential to the study of composition, and "The Concept" is a map that explains what the music itself is telling us about it's innate structure.

    Click HEREto read more about Andy Wasserman's work with the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

    Wasserman's composition students are encouraged to find their own voice, their own message, and their own story. He gives them the tools that work best for them to break down the barriers between their musical truths and the expression of those truths. His students in arranging learn how to arrange either original compositions or already existing repertoire from any stylistic genre in pieces for any instrumentation, ensemble or vocal group. Notation software is also taught as the latest way to create your own professional sheet music.

    Andy Wasserman specializes in teaching his students the meaning behind the music through traditional Western music theory and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. He includes quite a bit of theoretical information in his instrumental lessons but is also working with a few students whose entire focus is the study of music theory.

    Additionally, Andy teaches musicians how to improvise and express themselves freely and with originality on any instrument. The two disciplines of music theory and improvisation go hand in hand. Think of music theory as learning how to speak a language and improvisation as then deciding what it is that you wish to say in that new language.

    A student must be an advanced beginner on their instrument and at least 9 years old in order to pursue these subjects.

    Anyone can learn how to improvise within any style of contemporary music, but the art of improvisation is often best suited in the context of Jazz - American's indigineous improvisational music.

    In this study the student learns to listen and build phrases that communicate a coherent, simple and clear meaningful musical statement while exploring rhythmic invention. Andy gives you the tools to build your own improvised sound with a time-tested method of teaching from the perspective of self-expression and creativity. After all, that's what improvisation is all about - and music theory gives you the map with which to navigate your journey of exploration. These lessons can be of tremendous help to aspiring songwriters and composers in mastering their artistic and aesthetic judgment as well.

    Lessons in Digital Music Technology

    Andy Wasserman instructs his students in the art and science of using digital music technology in the most creative and productive way. Designed as an individual track of study or incorporated into lessons in compostion, arranging, theory, improvisation, instrumental music, recording and production.

    As of 2017, it is practical and extremely economical for anyone - at any age and at any level - to incorporate the current digital music technology into most phases of music composition, production and even performance. The tools that a musician can use on a daily basis are more readily accessible and affordable than ever. At the heart of the digital music techology is the personal computer.

    Wasserman has been using a personal computer in his music creation and production since 1986 when he started with the Macintosh Plus, Mark of the Unicorn's Performer version 1, Sound Tools version 1 (which later evolved into today's most popular recording software "Pro Tools"), Finale version 1 and the Akai S900 digital sampler. He has adapted to the myriad of upgrades in technological evolution that have taken place in the last 22 years and now uses a the full spectrum of currently available digital music hardware and software suites to be as creative as possible. Click THIS LINK and scroll down that page to read about Andy's current work in the field of Music Technology.

    Andy's teaches his students how to create and use their own digital music workstation with a simple computer and keyboard interface. He then instructs them in the applications of musicality in the following disciplines of study:

    MUSIC NOTATION

    learn the art of notating your charts, lead sheets, compositions or arrangements by using software that allows your printed music to look professional, clear and accurate.

    ARRANGING

    learn to use music sequencing software along with a MIDI keyboard to assign different instruments of the band, choir or orchestra to different MIDI channels and hear back your music as an ensemble.

    COMPOSING

    take advantage of the full spectrum of digital music tools to structure, produce, record and notate your own music.

    PRODUCTION

    learn to incorporate digital music technology into every phase of your production, from conception to the final CD or MP3 files for the internet

    RECORDING

    learn how to build your own affordable and professional sounding home workstation and mini-studio to record, edit and master tracks for both acoustic and electronic music.

    INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

    any instrumentalist can use digital music technology to help them use notation, recording and production in their practice routines and performance techniques, including ear training and rhythmic training.

    MUSIC THEORY

    there are many software programs available today to help students of music theory master the fundamentals and hone their craft.

    Take Music Lessons in Real-Time Online via Video Chat

    NEW: REAL-TIME ONLINE LESSON PROMO VIDEO. CLICK TO VIEW THIS YOUTUBE LINK!

    Andy teaches students outside of New Jersey through a high-speed internet in his recording studio for personalized, one-on-one webcam private lessons via real-time streaming video, audio and file sharing

    This online distance learning can be accessed using your choice of the free call service platforms Skype, Google Hangout Video Chat, Face Time, ooVoo or Zoom video conferencing for face-to-face webcam streaming. Your lessons can be recorded during the call and archived, stored on your device for future reference. Or if you prefer, we can communicate via phone calls and email too.

    Wasserman's studio configures an Ethernet-wired connection, two Hi-Def webcams (switching views between face and Steinway grand piano keys) a studio condenser microphone and Pro-Audio USB interface for smooth, superb sound and picture.

    Andy has 3 free services available by request to supplement the video chat for an enhanced learning experience: the whiteboard web program SCIBBLAR, with audio, document upload and text-chat functions for charts and sheet music (Andy draws on whiteboard in real-time during lesson with Wacom Tablet); music notation software file sharing, and cloud storage for custom video and audio practice files he produces individually for each student.

    CLICK HERE to send an email directly to Andy for more details on his one-on-one, distance learning private lessons, as well as CLICK HERE to view a page on this site dedicated exclusively to his REAL-TIME ONLINE LESSONS:

    Interactive and personalized instruction on the internet, customized for you!

    ADVANTAGES OF TAKING ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS

    • Quality of the teacher:  Most educators agree it is better to have Skype lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a less qualified teacher.
    • Searching for the best match to suit your needs: Seeking a new teacher using Skype broadens the search possibilities since choices are not restricted to one's local geographical area.
    • Connecting with the right teacher: Skype gives students the opportunity to find the best teacher whose expertise can help them attain their goals.
    • Added benefit of Recording the Lessons: While students always have the option to record their in-person lessons, it rarely happens. But students can easily record Skype lessons for review at a later time with digital recorders or free apps that plug into Skype during a video call.
    • Immediate Practicing: Long-distance students can practice immediately after the lesson when ideas are fresh and when energy levels are still high.
    • Warming Up: Students can warm up on their instrument and review their assignment right before their lesson, and have the advantage of playing their own instrument during the Skype lesson.
    • Increased student performance:Research studies have found that people tend to be very focused when interacting via webcam with minimal off-task distracting behavior during the lesson.

    Click THIS LINK to visit Andy Wasserman's PIANO LESSON CITY website dedicated exclusively to his online music lessons!

    Visit Andy Wasserman's listing on the international MUSIC TEACHERS DIRECTORY website.

    A 2015 testimony from an adult study who takes weekly long-distance private lessons online:

    Andy:  I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent together at the piano during our weekly online Skype video chat calls. I’ve enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You’re really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have already given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I’m very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s “Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”

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  • Private Music Lessons Online In Real-Time via Video Conferencing since 2010

    Interactive and personalized instruction on the internet, customized for you!

    40 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE --- PROVIDING ONLINE LESSONS SINCE 2010

    Online lessons and in-home instruction for children, teens and adults:
    For beginners, intermediate and advanced levels

    Experienced and dedicated music artist and educator Andy Wasserman opens his teaching studio to the whole world 24/7 through a high-speed internet in his recording studio for personalized, one-on-one webcam private lessons via real-time streaming video, audio and file sharing

    This online distance learning can be accessed using your choice of the free call service platforms Skype or Zoom video conferencing for face-to-face webcam streaming. Your lessons can be recorded during the call and archived, stored on your device for future reference. Or if you prefer, we can communicate via phone calls and email too.

    Wasserman's studio configures an Ethernet-wired connection, two Hi-Def webcams (switching views between face and Steinway grand piano keys) a studio condenser microphone and Pro-Audio USB interface for smooth, superb sound and picture.

    Andy has 3 free services available by request to supplement the video chat for an enhanced learning experience: a whiteboard web program, with audio, document upload and text-chat functions for charts and sheet music (Andy draws on whiteboard in real-time during lesson with Wacom Tablet); music notation software file sharing, and cloud storage for custom video and audio practice files he produces individually for each student.

    Highly interactive, customized and personalized programs of study in piano, music theory, composition, arranging, improvisation, percussion and rhythmic training, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. Specializing in Jazz, Classical and Pop styles and the connections between them, including Jazz improvisation, Song Writing and Classical Repertoire interpretation.

    CLICK HERE to send an email directly to Andy for more details on his one-on-one, distance learning private lessons


    A QUESTION ASKED VERY OFTEN THESE DAYS - "Why study music with an experienced, qualified, life-long professional musician and music educator when you can simply watch YouTube videos and try teaching yourself?" The answer is this:

    Music is a deep and worthy subject to pursue.

    A deep subject must be studied deeply.

    A worthy subject must be studied in a worthy manner.

    In order to pursue music in an enjoyable, fulfilling, creative, connected and authentic way we must make a sincere intention and commitment to the process of learning as we grow to know it.

    To do that, we must study it correctly.


    ADVANTAGES OF TAKING ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS

    • Quality of the teacher:  Most educators agree it is better to have Skype lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a less qualified teacher.
    • Searching for the best match to suit your needs: Seeking a new teacher using Skype broadens the search possibilities since choices are not restricted to one's local geographical area.
    • Connecting with the right teacher: Skype gives students the opportunity to find the best teacher whose expertise can help them attain their goals.
    • Added benefit of Recording the Lessons: While students always have the option to record their in-person lessons, it rarely happens. But students can easily record Skype lessons for review at a later time with digital recorders or free apps that plug into Skype during a video call.
    • Immediate Practicing: Long-distance students can practice immediately after the lesson when ideas are fresh and when energy levels are still high.
    • Warming Up: Students can warm up on their instrument and review their assignment right before their lesson, and have the advantage of playing their own instrument during the Skype lesson.
    • Increased student performance:Research studies have found that people tend to be very focused when interacting via webcam with minimal off-task distracting behavior during the lesson.
    Click THIS LINKto visit Andy Wasserman's PIANO LESSON CITY website dedicated exclusively to his online music lessons!

    Visit Andy Wasserman's listing on the international MUSIC TEACHERS DIRECTORY website.

    A recent testimony from an adult study who takes weekly real-time online private lessons: Andy: I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent together at the piano during our weekly online Skype video chat calls. I’ve enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You’re really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have already given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I’m very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s “Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”

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  • Testimonials & Reviews

    Testimonials, feedback and reviews of Andy Wasserman's work as an educator, performer and recording artist :

    Dear Mr. Wasserman:
    You have given me so much over the last 3 years. I have learned more from you than from anyone else I've ever studied with and than I ever expected to. You have opened my eyes and ears to new territories in the areas of studying, playing, listening to and writing music. And perhaps most importantly - to me, at least - I feel that you have set me on the path that I will begin to travel in the coming months and follow for the rest of my life (God willing). As I head off to college to study music composition at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I am giving you a bowl of fruit, symbolic of all the good things you have filled my "bowl" with over the past 3 years. Thank you so much!!


    To Andy Wasserman:
    Our four children who have been taking private lessons with you for many years have been blessed with the perfect teacher to bring out their talents. We are so fortunate to have you and we really appreciate all you have done for all the kids. We couldn't have asked for a more dedicated teacher.


    Andy Wasserman Drum LessonDear Mr. Wasserman:
    We appreciate the many years of your dedicated teaching. We are certain that our son has benefited greatly from your expertise as a musician and your role as a mentor. When in the future he is faced with life's many challenges, you can be assured that your influence will surface as a steady and resounding resource. Thank you for being such a significant person in his life.


    Dear Andy - Your artistry, warm humor, encouraging inspiration and insightful teaching perspective continues to be a blessing for our family. It's wonderful to see the optimism and motivation that has permeated our daughter's piano studies through the many creative approaches you've shared in her weekly lessons. It is amazing for us as parents to listen to her new original compositions and improvisations along with the Beethoven and Debussy classical piano pieces you have helped her master. We appreciate you sharing so much of your music, care and natural teaching style - we're so grateful for your miracles !


    Dear Mr. Wasserman: You are a brilliant and talented teacher. We believe that each student has her/his own way to learn. We only need time and perseverance to realize which way is the best for each of them, and you know how to make it possible. This is an indispensable virtue in a teacher. Thank you so much for all your kindness and dedication.


    Dear Andy - Even though we have just recently started lessons with you for our 9 year old son, please know you have ignited a spark back in him with his playing - and as a parent, it is the greatest thing to witness. I can’t get him off the piano! He is totally grooving on what you have shown him. Just wanted to thank you again!  We feel like we hit the jackpot with you as his new teacher.


    Mr. Wasserman: I will never find words to thank you enough for everything you have been sharing with my two daughters. Last week's lesson was especially good - caring and kind - you were outstanding! It was amazing seeing you doing everything my youngest girl requested you to teach her. I was also impressed by your dedication when I learned you transcribed by ear and notated an unpublished song for my oldest daughter because she wanted to play it but no sheet music was available. They loved the songs you gave them to work on and are so happy playing them on our piano. Thank you so much.


    Dear Andy - I am writing you to express my gratitude for the gifts you have given me through your teachings over the last 2 years. My perception of the "how, what, and why" of music has been very much expanded and this in turn has increased the depth of my fascination and inspiration in music as an art form. In my short life of 18 years so far, I truly am unable to think of any teacher who has offered me so much kindness and time outside of their job description (as a mentor). For this, I will always be astounded and thankful. One day, hopefully, I will be able to pass this kindness on to others who need it as much as I did. Thank you so very much for everything. May I continue to be inspired, fascinated, and inoculated by music through your exemplary teaching as I continue to study with you in the years to come.


    Dear Mr. Wasserman:
    I wanted to say thank you so much everything this year. I have learned so much from you, not just about music, but about all aspects of life. I have enjoyed talking with you about family, God, music, etc. You have been a great inspiration for me and I always walked away from our lessons feeling motivated. You are an amazing teacher, a great friend, and an incredible musician.


    For Andy Wasserman:
    I want you to know that I think you have been the best teacher I have ever had. Not just musically, but in general. During our work together on the Lydian Chromatic Concept (George Russell's LCCOTO) you helped to completely change my direction as a musician and in life. It is hard to imagine where I would be now had I not met you.


    AN ADULT STUDENT WHO TAKES LONG-DISTANCE LESSONS ONLINE VIA VIDEO CHAT WITH ANDY WASSERMAN:
    Andy, I want to thank you for the time we've spent together at the piano. I've enjoyed listening to the audio I record to document our weekly lessons while driving my car each day. You're really a gifted teacher and although I’m one of your new students, you have given me a sense of calm, confidence and excitement when playing the piano and/or composing. I'm very thankful to have been exposed to both you and George Russell’s LCCOTO - “The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization.”


    FROM A PARENT OF A TEENAGE STUDENT:
    “Andy Wasserman is not only a consummate musician, but an intuitive individual who possesses a variety of wisdoms that combine for an exceptional learning experience for each of his music students.  Our 15 year-old daughter has been studying piano with Mr. Wasserman for 15 months.  She had studied piano from age 6 to 8 with a different instructor, but did not want to continue with piano lessons.  At the age of 14, she wished to return to piano study.  We were very fortunate to learn about Andy’s holistic and individualized instructional talents through mutual friends.

    The growth in our daughter’s piano ability and her love to spend time at the piano over the last 15 months has been very significant, very remarkable.  Emily is playing complex classical pieces by Beethoven and Chopin, experimenting with jazz chord progressions and melodies, and composing pieces of her own.  Mr. Wasserman is very generous in locating and providing given pop or Broadway sheet music for Emily so that she is able to explore pieces within her own personal interests.  Everyday we observe and marvel at the joy that she derives from “her music,” across many genres, as a result of Andy’s influence in her piano study.

    The accelerated progression in piano ability and personal growth that our daughter has enjoyed is attributable to Andy’s unique and effective approach to music instruction and his love for his calling in life, to awaken within individuals the mindful and soulful benefits that music brings to each of us, its qualities that unite us.   I studied piano formally for 17 years and continue to play actively.  Day to day, I’m amazed at how far she progresses with her confidence and desire to learn more and enjoy more within music.  Week to week, I hear the amazing connections that Andy makes between music genres (classical, jazz, pop, Broadway).  We are grateful for the way he customizes his instruction to each student’s interest and ability, and we’re thankful for the mentorship that he extends to his students through his personal philosophy and music pedagogy.  It’s wonderful to hear her play solo, but an added blessing to hear her play duets with her instructor.  I’m grateful to share in our daughter's study and play duets with her in between lessons.

    As an in-home instructor, we appreciate Andy’s timeliness, his reliability, and his flexibility when schedules “collide”.  We feel that we receive a tremendous value for our tuition in that Andy provides customized music materials which have created a wonderful repertoire of musical pieces that a student can visit as much as he or she wishes.  It’s an honor for us to esteem and endorse Mr. Wasserman as a truly unique and beloved music instructor.”


    Andy Wasserman piano lessonFROM THE LINER NOTES IN THE CD OF ONE OF WASSERMAN'S STUDENTS:
    I would like to express appreciation to my long-time music teacher and mentor, Mr. Andy Wasserman, who taught me everything I know musically, and so much more. I thank him for his unending patience, his outstanding dedication and generosity. He was without a doubt the best teacher for me and without him, my stubbornness and misguided interests would have out-matched my creativity.

    As much as he influenced my music, it doesn’t compare to his lessons of character and spirituality. He pushed me to reach my potential while giving me the freedom to be myself, and at the same time, keeping me grounded and always making sure I know who’s ultimately responsible for the talent I've been blessed with.


    Dear Andy:
    I don't know what to say except "thank you" for being the vessel through which the Creator confirms a presence and hand upon my life. Our work together continues to help me break down huge walls that I have spent a lifetime building around my limited ideas about music. You nurture my creative powers and help me renew and free myself from many misconceptions of what it means to be an artist.

    I know that in the truest definition of the word "teacher" you do not feel a need to share your perspectives and revelations in order to be lauded or validated. You are first and foremost a teacher in the oldest and deepest sense of the word. You offer your students a lineage - not just information - and it is clear to me that the only thing you seek is understanding and profound experiences deep down in your spirit. I am filled with gratitude for these life's lessons that shine through my studies with you.

    There is not another teacher on this earth who has the capability, the capacity, the tenacity and the "Agape Love" to teach what you have been teaching me. Your assignment on this earth is so much more difficult than most, but so much more hands-on and therefore extremely effective and intimate. I have always been in awe of your willingness to be open to discovering who you are through your musical journey.

    Over the 8 years I have been your private student I've witnessed that you rarely falter in your walk despite the challenging life of being an artist in today's world. All I know is that through our work together, my inner being has been transformed and a burden I felt within has been lifted. Please accept my gratitude for continuing to reveal the Truth through your music and your teaching.


    Hi Andy,
    I enjoy all the music you so proudly present at my weekly lessons. I am thankful that you continually enourage me to dig deeper during the many years you've been my teacher and guide. My wish is that I may always keep an open mind and listen to my mentor. In addition to our work on the piano and learning the art of arranging, I hope the Lydian Chromatic Concept (The LCCOTO) will remain a force for me that grows and blossoms by uncovering the richness within it. I never lose sight of the purpose which has been planted witihin you that drives and motivates you to set an example by creating beauty and expressing it in your own way.


    Testimonial posted on LydianChromaticConcept.com website:
    I started studying the Lydian Chromatic Concept in May, 2002 with Andy Wasserman using the recently released revised edition. These past 9 years (of study with Andy, as of 2011) have been both enlightening and enriching. As a full time professional musician and music educator, there were deep things in music that I had grasped aurally but could not explain. These things are now crystal clear. Through the Concept the law of gravity is apparent. I was pulled towards the Concept, and through patience and research ended up discovering Andy. I would like to thank Maestro Russell, whose genius and perseverance created this tonal wonderland. The LCCOTO is heard in music all around us. The information in the latest edition is truly priceless!


    By a private student upon graduating from High School:
    Dear Mr. Wasserman
    You have been an absolute inspiration over the past two years of private lessons. I have learned so much from you in regards to music and life. In many cultures, the butterfly is honored as a symbol of transformation - from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, and from the cocoon, the butterfly emerges in its natural glory. Much like the butterfly, I too emerge changed from what I have learned from you.Thank you for everything. I will miss you!

    College Entrance Application Essay answering the question "Who is the person in your field you admire the most?" Below is the answer submitted by a private student who Mr. Wasserman helped prepare for being a music major during the 4 years of High School. He was accepted to the Music Education program, graduated and went on to become a full-time music teacher in New Jersey public and private schools:

    "Someone who stands out in my mind as a person I truly admire is a man named Andy Wasserman. Andy has been my piano teacher for the past four years, and besides being the one who has improved my playing ability, he has affected my life in many other ways.

    Simply by seeing Andy at work has caused my personal beliefs to become much more adamant and dedicated. His work ethic, values and attitude have provided me with a strong adult role model whom I strive to emulate. As a professional musician Andy has heavy demands placed on his time including teaching his students, performing, and running his own multimedia music company. Andy has taught me that to reach my goals it will mean a great deal of work and very likely long hours. His strong work ethic was a trait that I immediately admired, and one I wished to adopt from him. Another trait Andy exhibits from which I have learned is his positive mental attitude.

    He accomplishes his positive attitude through an intense love for his work. I believe it is incredibly important to enjoy everything that you do. Andy has taught me how essential it is to combine a positive mental attitude with a strong work ethic. This combination has enabled me to work hard at both my academics and music, and sometimes keep long hours because I love the "work" that I am doing.

    It reminds me of a quote I once heard, "If you really love your job, you will never work a day in your life." This is very true because if you truly love that which you do, it does not seem to be work. Here again Andy has sets a great example for me which has led me to adopt and strengthen similar values. In all, I believe that Andy has provided an excellent role model for me and has taught me much more valuable life lessons in addition to piano and music theory."


    Dear Mr. Wasserman: There are so many amazing memories of the time we've spent together over the years and lessons I've learned. The influence you've had on me is priceless. In this ever-changing world, my weekly one-hour private music lesson time slot with you has been the one constant duing the ten years of us working together. As I now move on to the next phase of my life and music career, I'll never forget our magical times together and I can't thank you enough for always being there to keep me honest, true and real. I know I wouldn't be the same musician and person I am today without you in my life to jam with and talk to. You've always been there to listen to my problems, crack jokes and keep me on the right path. I'm so blessed to have such a patient, caring, dedicated and giving teacher and friend.


    Andy Wasserman Teaching Jembe Workshop WEBFrom an advanced-level adult student:
    Andy, You have been an AWESOME teacher and I've learned a TREMENDOUS amount from you. I kept telling my friends and family that I wish I took lessons from you when I was younger. Prior to working with you at age 30, I had piano lessons for 17 years - from age 4 through 21. Loved my teachers, but my classical trainings were so mechanical. You totally changed my paradigm about music. Music improvisation and composition is such a complex field, I don't even know how you go about teaching it ! You certainly have the wealth and depth of knowledge, experience and talent for music and the teaching of music.


    Dear Andy: I want you to know how much I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with you.  I fear that if our lessons ever stopped I would be hard-pressed to find a teacher like you who is willing to teach both CLASSICAL, BLUES and JAZZ, and to open my eyes to the amazing correspondence and connections between them.


    Hello Andy: Your lessons have made such an impression on me, and have heavily influenced the course of my "path." Thank you for everything that you have done! Some seeds take many years to blossom..... I have been amazed to see so many beautiful and unexpected "flowers" popping up over the course of time!


    "I began studying piano with Andy Wasserman a little more than a year ago, as an adult beginner (56-year-old) student. Learning the piano as an adult is a special challenge, yet Andy has shown unending patience and flexibility in his teaching. He crafts his lessons around my musical interests and enables me to progress at my own pace, always encouraging but never placing undue demands or expectations on me. As a teacher he invokes his long musical career and his own virtuosity on the piano in ways that enhance my understanding of piano history, styles, and technique. He also weaves in plenty of music theory, tying theory to practice in a way that makes his lessons more holistic and accessible. Andy is a wonderful conversationalist and storyteller, and our discussions have ranged far and wide, and often far beyond music. He's a consummate artist, dedicated both to his craft and to his students, and his passion for the piano is infectious. Andy is always punctual for our lessons and he's always flexible whenever I need to reschedule a lesson due to work or travel obligations. I highly recommend Andy as a piano teacher, and I'd be happy to talk further about Andy's teaching style with any prospective student or parent."


    Dear Andy - The wonderful work you do is no doubt a major factor in the rehabilitation and continued education of many young people who want to do the right thing but have never had anyone who believes in them. And so, I suspect, you are that positive role model who helps them 'see the light', making their lives much improved.


     

    A recent feedback evaluation of Andy Wasserman's Art-In-Education World Music Experience from BOCES:

    Artistic Quality of Presentation
    Andy Wasserman's program is quite unique. The performance is well balanced in terms of the educational and entertainment components. He demonstrated skill and dedication to his art; repertoire was appropriate and well-chosen for students' age and interest levels; art form was presented in an enjoyable, artistic manner.

    Artist's Interaction with Students
    Wasserman (a/k/a the "Artist") effectively engaged students in the program; artist listened to student comments/questions and responded appropriately.

    Educational Quality of Presentation
    Artist helped students to understand this art form and the creative process; artist demonstrated relationships between art form and other curriculum areas; artist helped children to see/hear with greater discrimination; artist used vocabulary terms that were within the grasp of students.

    Student Response to Presentation
    Artist engaged students' interest and attention; applause and laughter was genuine and enthusiatic; restlessness was minimal; when invited to participate, students were eager; questions to artist indicated that students understood the presentation.

    Quality of Presentation
    Speaker could be easily heard; performer could be seen; lighting, props and sound effects were effective; costumes were imaginative, colorful and appropriate; elements of surprise and humor were included in presentation; program was well-paced; program began and ended on time.

    Study Guides/Support Materials
    Yes, they were provided to school staff by the Andy Wasserman.


    Andy Wasserman StudioPortrait2013WEBPROGRAM REVIEW: APRIL 2014 BOCES ARTS-IN-ED NEWSLETTER "The Star"

    Program Name: “Music: The Voice of Unity” -[view the newsletter in it's entirety at THIS LINK]

    Written and submitted by the Half Hollow Hills (Long Island, NY) District Arts-in-Education Committee

    In January 2014, students at Otsego Elementary School (Half Hollow Hills) participated in “Music: The Voice of Unity.” This highly interactive music residency program, led by presenter Andy Wasserman, exposed the students to different cultures around the world through the universal language of music. During his engaging presentation, Mr. Wasserman took the students on a voyage, using music as the means of travel. He demonstrated over 60 wind, string and percussion instruments, made of 15 natural materials, from around the world. The students heard a vibrant tapestry of the traditional sounds – melodies, rhythms, harmonies, textures and forms – of Asian, West African, South American, Middle Eastern and Native American Indian cultures. The entertaining, non-stop lively interaction provided a wealth of information and highlighted the similarities and differences between the various cultures.

    We are looking forward to Mr. Wasserman’s visit next year, when he will present “Instruments: Ancient to Future.” The program looks at the connections between traditional acoustic performance and electronic musical performance, using state-of-the-art digital music technology. It was a pleasure to work with Andy Wasserman, who is celebrating his 35th year as a professional presenter of his original, one-man series of arts-in-education programs.

    We highly recommend “Music: The Voice of Unity."


    Feedback from Music Teacher at Sunquam Elementary School in Dix Hills, New York:

    Dear Mr. Wasserman - I am writing this letter as a recommendation of your outstanding skills as a musician, educator, and communicator regarding your full week of work with all the students at our Elementary School as an artist in residence with your program “Music: The Voice of Unity”. The week turned out to be a fantastic experience for all parties involved. This would include the PTA, students, administration, and myself. I had the pleasure of working with you and assisting you when needed. Ultimately, the students benefited the most from interacting with you.

    As a first class musician, you were extremely knowledgeable about all the instruments you brought to Sunquam. You were also terrific at performing on them. The students were very excited to play the myriad of instruments from around the world that you showcased. Your instrument collection is authentic and diverse.

    As an educator you really knew how to communicate your knowledge to the children. Your management skills were first rate. The classes ran smoothly and all students were actively engaged. Every child performed on an instrument. The children were able to learn how to play various rhythm patterns from different cultures and perform them together with other rhythm patterns. This idea of layering requires the students to listen to each other. The idea of learning how to listen was an underlying goal of the whole week and so important in today’s society.

    I also wanted to note that your presentation on instruments from the Middle East was terrific and relevant. This is one culture that students might not be familiar with. You were able to relate to the students how the instrumentation and music is similar throughout the region even though there is conflict there. I myself learned much from it.

    As a communicator, you interacted wonderfully with all the students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Your explanations and questioning techniques were that of an experienced educator, making every student feel important. Your personality made the week fun for all, developed a nice rapport with all the students, and it was an experience that all of us here will never forget. I highly recommend you to any school needing a professional artist. I hope to work with you again in the future. 


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    "You were magnificent today with our Middle School students and staff. No matter how many times I watch you in action, I'm moved by the non-stop student participation, your empathy and your ability to connect with your audience. Your preparation and follow-up Study Guides made it especially easy for our staff. We look forward to having you back again and again in the years to come. BRAVO !!!"


    "You did a great job involving ALL our students this past year in our school district with your assembly concerts and workshops on technology and world cultures. They are very inspired when they hear you speak and see what practice and dedication to excellence can lead to. It is amazing to see how your interdisciplinary approach ties together such varied subjects and content into a coherent unity through music."


    "Thank you again for a wonderful performance at our school. The children had a wonderful time and I got some great feedback from all the staff. I also wanted to let you know that our Enrichment teacher was so pleased with the Seminars that you did for the 2-5 grade students. Everyone had a great time and we will definitely invite you back next year. Receiving a CD that you recorded right here at our school of our student's jamming with you was a great touch. Thanks again for everything."


    "Thanks for your endless generosity of spirit and supreme efforts in tailoring and connecting your content to reinforce our current High School curriculum. The teachers are thrilled that the resonance of your residency will keep our students engaged for the remainder of the year."


    "I just wanted to let you all know how happy I am that we can continue to bring programs like yours into our school to enrich our students. When I hear all the feedback from our student's overwhelmingly positive reactions and our teachers' praise of your programs, it proves how much it is so worthwhile. The greatest testiment to the success of your work is that fact that students keep talking about you, even in the years following your visit to our school."


    "Having Mr. Wasserman at our school was an experience that will stay with our students or the rest of their lives. Moreover, he has raised the expectations among students, parents and staff for all future next artist-in-residence project."


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    "Wasserman's performance, staff development workshops and grade-appropriate residencies are well-balanced in terms of the educational and entertainment components."


    "You are pure magic. You have such a gift for communicating, especially, with little ones. If you worked full-time in a school for young children, that school would produce a crop of rare, peaceful, wise young graduates."


    "What a fabulous and gentle man to work with our students. I hope that you will be able to return for more programs in the very near future."


    "I would like to deeply thank the Educational Foundation for giving us this opportunity for the third year in a row to have a two-week artist-in-residence program entitled "MUSIC: The Voice of Unity" with Mr. Andy Wasserman. He is truly a gifted, talented musician and teacher. All our fourth grade teachers feel that our students are quite lucky to have him here. If possible, we would love to have him back next year in 2017 because his talents and his presentation fit wonderfully into our December curriculum. Thank you for all that you do!!"


    Andy Wasserman's "Kindred Spirits" CD is immediately appealing and accessible...a jazz-buff sophistication./Beautiful sounding traditional drums on Wasserman's "Bead Songs" CD


    Thanks from me and others who with whom I will share your blessings...your songs...your music on Bead Songs. I plan on sending a copy of this CD to a couple of very spiritual, wonderful, gracious folks who will fall in love with your music.


    Today I was stuck in chaotic road construction back-ups, with people cutting in lanes and honking horns, yet I floated above it all, listening to the elegant music on Andy Wasserman's CD!


    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your music on this CD with me.


    The Native American flute playing on your Bead Songs is so beautiful. We love it!


    Wasserman's music is fabulous and just incredible on this recording. It has such substance and depth.


    I listened to your 3C trio's CD Over Tones many times last week. I am astonished at how supremely creative you are. I even discussed this with my music education colleagues who were equally as amazed.


    What an utter joy to have humans like you on this planet with that kind of ability! Your CD "Bead Songs" is a daily listening staple during my evening rituals. Thank you for adding all this to my life.


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    Wasserman's piano playing is right on and sensitive, and the CD recording clear, forward, and very organically acoustic.


    A heart-felt, soul-felt THANK YOU for the gift that is your spirit, Andy. Thank you for your shimmering talents and altruism, and most of all for being an artistic example of such soul beauty in a sometimes dark and ugly world. God bless you.


    This Over Tones CD is some of the most alive, exuberant music I’ve ever heard.


    Andy Wasserman's incredible knowledge of music, fantastic dynamic range, wide scope, sensitivity, creativity, and technical prowess is evident in his performances and recordings.


    Andy Wasserman's unique artistic expression is a perfect balance of precision and passion, classic and innovative styles.


    You were magnificent today, Andy...no matter how many times I watch you perform a concert, I'm moved by your empathy and your ability to connect with your audience. BRAVO !!!


    You did a great job with our students this past year. They are very inspired when they hear you speak and see what practice can lead to.


    Thank you again for a wonderful performance. The children had a wonderful time and I got some great feedback from all the staff. I also wanted to let you know that our
    Enrichment teacher was so pleased with the Seminars that you did for the 2-5 grade students. Everyone had a great time. Thanks again for everything.


    Wasserman's music exhibits an endless generosity of spirit.


    I just wanted to let you all know how happy I am that we can continue to bring programs like yours into our school to enrich our students. When I hear all the feedback from our student's overwhelmingly positive reactions and our teachers' praise of your programs, it proves how much it is so worthwhile.


    Having Mr. Wasserman at our school was an experience that will stay with our students or the rest of their lives. Moreover, he has raised the expectations among students, parents and staff for our next artist-in-residence project.


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    Wasserman's performance is well balanced in terms of the educational and entertainment components.


    You are pure magic. You have such a gift for communicating, especially, with little ones. If you worked full-time in a school for young children, that school would produce a crop of rare, peaceful, wise young graduates.


    What a fabulous and gentle man to work with our students. I hope that you will be able to return for more programs in the very near future.


    Thanks so very much for spreading your light and sharing your passion with us in your holistic music healing workshop. We are better for it, for sure, and I am inspired by all of it - what you have accomplished and continue to do are amazing!


    There is no doubt that you, Andy, made our arts-in-ed program for special needs audiences the enormous success that it was. You set the tone with your open acceptance of the children, your pure, infectious joy, your musical talents, your group management skills, and your unique ability to embrace each moment. You empowered each of us to tap the best that is within us.


  • Transcriptions Playlist

    Andy Wasserman solos, compositions and arrangements for piano TRANSCRIBED from recordings!

    These videos allow you to enjoy note-by-note transcriptions as they scroll, synchronized to the audio tracks. Watch, follow and listen! All transcription notation and videos produced by Chris Bandy.Feel free to contact Chris Bandy if you would like to purchase a PDF sheet music copy of any of these transcriptions.