I am the head of the piano program at
the University of Colorado Denver.
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Owen Kortz and I will serve again as the Academic Directors of the Music Industry Program in the LYNX National Arts & Media Camps
for 14-18 year-olds again in 2017.
Watch the video below from last year, and please help spread the word to passionate young aspiring musicians.
We've grown from 26 students in 2014,
to 62 in 2016! We have room for 75 in 2017.
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Stanford Jazz Workshop -- Every July!
Go to http://stanfordjazz.org/jazz-camp/ for more info.
Victor Lin and I continue to direct the Mentor Fellowship Program at SJW.
I'm honored and excited to be working with such incredibly gifted young performers to help them grow into polished teachers as well.
Congratulations to Jackson Fitzgerald, JJ Kirkpatrick, Javier Nero, Daniel Weidlein, and John Sturino, the 2014-15 SJW Mentor Fellows!
The winds of change blew again this summer, and I landed in Denver as the head of the Piano Program at the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD). It's a huge job...one that I am diving into fully. UCD has some top notch facilities, including recording studios and a piano lab equipped with iMacs, LogicPro, etc. I had an overhead camera system installed, and now we have the coolest piano lab in academia!
The faculty is excellent, and everyone has graciously embraced me.
Most importantly, Denver turns out to be a fantastic city to raise kids in. Off the charts. We're already in love with our neighborhood -- Park Hill -- and City Park, which has the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, The Planetarium, etc., is one mile away.
I have had a creative explosion the past few weeks and written 4 new tunes, all of which will be dedicated to my special Kickstarter backers. I will finish the CD, with a little help from a friend, hopefully...
Nicholas Robert Stoltzman Gray was born Feb. 24th, 2011
New York, New York! Carnegie's Zankel Hall on January 7th
with Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Richard Stoltzman, and Mika Yoshida
playing music from Mika's 2010 release, Mikarimba, and tunes by Eddie, Steve, and Olivier Messiaen!
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I am replacing Warren Berhardt on piano, who had a medical emergency. Please join me in sending prayers for healing and an optimal recovery.
Fall Semester 2010: Full steam ahead
Nose to the grindstone towards the dissertation...
The pilot study is almost done. Here's what I observed the great jazz piano teacher Jeff Hellmer doing whenever he is leading students to observably improve on their instrument:
1) Identify meaningful challenges
2) Model the skillful execution of those goals
3) Translate the challenges into manageable tasks
4) Guide the student towards increasingly abstract conceptions of the music
Based on current research in expertise in music, an optimal state is achieved when abstract thinking initiates the skillful execution of meaningful musical expressions. When practices are meaningful, manageable, and modeled beautifully, music students are likely to experience optimal development. If practices are not manageable, students get frustrated. If practices are not meaningful, students get bored. With this in mind, my philosophy asks for teachers to be more than just masters of instruments and knowledge. Teachers must also be masterful in their perception and assessment of students, in their ability to assign and sequence relevant practices at appropriate levels of complexity, and to construct lessons that emphasize relevant topics and repertoire for their students.
1st prize at the 2010 Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillips, M.D. Jazz Piano Competition
All 5 pianists were fantastic: Emmet Cohen (Miami), Chris Pattishal (William Patterson), Roberto Verastagui (UNT),
and Jeremy Siskind (Columbia)
I am honored and grateful to win the competition this year. I receive it humbly, knowing any one of us could have been the winner.
I am grateful to the audience for forgiving my imperfections and receiving/perceiving my intentions.
Thank you for the Audience Favorite award!!
And a huge thank you to Jeff Hellmer, my professor at UT, and all my former teachers, namely Joanne Brackeen and Charlie Banacos.
I dedicate everything to you, Charlie. Rest in Peace and Love.