Brian Batchelor-Glader enjoys teaching traditional piano lessons to children and adults from beginning to intermediate students. He also specializes in jazz and popular music and is a professional jazz and rock keyboard player performing in the tri-state area. He really loves teaching improvised soloing to all ages of students. His students range in age from 6 to 55 (no younger students, please).
Lessons are tailored to student’s individual interests. All students are taught basic technique and theory from lesson books. They are also encouraged to choose their own supplementary music, which can be anything from pop songs to jazz, gospel, etc. Jazz students are taught advanced harmonic theory and ear training as well as how to read lead sheets (chord charts).
Students perform in two recitals a year and are encouraged to perform in other events throughout the year such as Junior Music Experience, church worship services, etc.
Brian is a graduate of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied jazz piano under Philip DeGreg. He has also studied classical music with Cleveland State piano professor Dan Barber. Other teachers have been Dan Wall at Oberlin and Russell Schmidt at Bowling Green. Brian has performed in both high school and collegiate OMEA all-state jazz groups and has won several awards including first place in the Summit County Scholastic Composers’ Contest 1998-2001, first place for jazz piano at the Akron Jazz Festival 1999-2001, and first place jazz pianist in the Capital University Jazz Festival 2000-2001.
Brian has recorded two studio albums under his own name and is working on a third with his jazz fusion band featuring original compositions by himself and other members of the ensemble.
When Brian isn’t listening to, writing, or practicing music he enjoys watching movies, reading (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, musician bios), and exercising. He also likes to hang out with his cat Ezra and his other jazz cats.