About The Studio
 
Learn to ... 

Play from a fake book
Develop a repertoire in many styles
Understand practical music theory
Improvise (on blues, tunes, etc.)
Play jazz band music
Make arrangements of tunes 
Develop a vocabulary of chords and scales
Practice in a fun and productive manner
Express yourself and be creative!
AND ...
Bring in a list of your favorite tunes. 
A specialty of this studio is creating arrangements tailor made for the individual student.
About me!
Specializing in ... 

Helping young jazz piano students learn how to play in their Jr. High and High School jazz bands.
Mr. Swerdlow has been a jazz piano masterclass presenter twice at the New Trier High School Winter Jazz Festival (now called the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival).
Many of his students have reached the highest level in the Illinois Music Educators Association annual contest and many have gone on to study in prestigious college jazz programs.
My Students Include ...

Students Jr. High (and sometimes younger) through adult. 
Some students have professional or semi-professional aspirations and some study simply for enjoyment and personal growth.
Teaching for over 30 years. 
Masters of Music in jazz studies from DePaul University in Chicago.
There are students who have been with me for over 25 years.
Taught at the well known Swain Music Studios in Evanston (and Winnetka) for over 25 years. 
Studied with well known jazz pianists and arrangers including: Alan Swain, Larry Novak, Frank Mantooth, and Cliff Colnot.
Pianist at the Ravinia Bistro in Highland Park for 14 years, a member of the Limited Edition Big Band, and a freelance performer with various groups from trios to large jobbing bands.
Curriculum
Repertoire
Even though many students do not plan to become professional musicians, all students can engage in a professionally geared curriculum. Not only do they gain valuable insight into the concepts and skills that jazz players use, but at whatever level they achieve, they learn to play jazz, not just sound like a jazz player.
Teaching Materials
The studio features a great number of easy to read educational handouts and arrangements created with Finale professional music software.
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Featuring ...
A teaching site exclusively for enrolled students with information on Harmony, Improvisation, and Theory.
Gary Swerdlow
Pianist, Teacher, Arranger