“For four years I have had the pleasure of learning from some of the best teachers at the 92Y. When I was a little boy, I had always dreamed of being a musician in a band. While I have pursued another dream to become a physician, the 92Y faculty has afforded me the opportunity to finally pursue a childhood passion. Taking the varied music classes at the 92Y has allowed me to become a vocalist and guitarist in a band I have started in New York City, Punch for Zero.
Working with Ann Klein, I have learned the art of music and lyrical writing, even recording a song “Runaway” which I wrote during the class. I am currently completing the music theory course with Louis Rosen, and have used his teachings in many of the new compositions I am working on. Both Lauri Galbreth and Ed Maceachen have improved my vocal and guitar playing skills … I appreciate all the teaching and dedication the 92Y faculty have provided to the NYC community so we can fulfill our childhood dreams …”
—Amitabh, Music Student and Guitarist and Lead Vocalist, Punch for Zero(hyperlink: https://www.92y.org/Uptown/School-of-the-Arts/School-of-Music/Private-Instruction.aspx)
“Learning to play piano and read music at age 65 has been a life-changing experience. Doing so has widened my horizons and added music as a new dimension to my life. Without the excellent instruction, support and encouragement of Tania Tachkova, my piano instructor at the SOM, 92nd Street Y, I would not have mastered the beginning skills needed to achieve my life-long dream of being able to play the piano. Such Fun!!”
—Beverly, Piano Student (hyperlink: https://www.92y.org/Uptown/School-of-the-Arts/School-of-Music/Private-Instruction.aspx)
“Watching the vast array of elements that go into a musical production now, at every level, fascinates me—from rhythm and diphthongs to understanding harmony and discovering how simple it is to learn a completely new song, once the most difficult bits are attacked first. The amazingly skillful and deeply talented musical direction is really what makes the difference. Thank you!”
—Anil, Music Technology Student
"I decided to study music theory because I wanted to know more about music—specifically, I hoped it would give me some way of identifying what it was in classical music concerts that appealed to me. I wanted to learn how to read music and to have a better sense of what I was hearing. This is exactly how it has worked out and better. The overall effect is roughly the equivalent of learning how a magic trick is performed, but without losing the magic."
—Ted, Music Theory Student
“Lou is simply the best teacher I ever had, and I feel fortunate to be able to study with him at this time in my life … Attending concerts now, especially if I have studied one or two of the works presented, is also a richer experience for me. Thank you, Lou, and thank you to the 92Y School of Music.”
—Lynn , Music Theory Student
“I was fortunate to have had LR as a one-on-one theory teacher for four years, from when I was 14 until I went off to conservatory. During that time we worked through two books … as well as counterpoint and composition. When I got to conservatory, I tested out of four semesters of harmony/keyboard and ear training/sight singing and began taking graduate-level classes as a freshman. More importantly, LR bequeathed upon me a tremendous love for the materials of music. The knowledge gained in those four years comes in handy every day, in my parallel careers as a performing violinist and an arranger/orchestrator and composer. My time with LR has helped me greatly in my road towards being a good musician. I am eternally grateful.”
—Maxim, Music Theory Student
“Lou's knowledge and presentation of music theory has impressed me for 5 years. The Gershwin class I still listen to on tape. In addition, Lou's coverage of theory fundamentals, Bach, Beethoven, Beatles, Mozart, Schubert have all been good. I feel fortunate being in the program.”
—Dave, Music Theory Student
"In Louis Rosen's class, I feel free to express my deep connection to the music we are listening to … [Rosen’s] ability to translate songs, symphonies and quartets leads his students to more fully enjoy the music we examine."
—Esta, Music Theory Student