“The art of jazz piano is an ongoing process which never really ends. The process begins with mastering the basics of melody, harmony and jazz rhythm.”
M.A., New York University
B.A., Boston University
“I feel that the art of jazz piano is an ongoing process which never really ends. The process begins with mastering the basics of melody, harmony and jazz rhythm,” says Michael Cochrane of his approach to teaching jazz. After attending Boston University as an undergraduate, Michael moved to New York City to pursue his passion for jazz. In New York, Michael has performed at The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, among others. He has also toured throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Caribbean islands.
In addition to performing, Michael enjoys the opportunity to communicate his knowledge and love of jazz to his students. Michael believes his particular teaching style is best suited to students ten years and older and particularly enjoys working with teenagers and adults. Of his approach to teaching adults, Michael says “I stress providing them with the insights which would enable them to become their own teacher.” As a faculty member at Bloomingdale, Michael cites working with the jazz ensemble at the school as one of his favorite experiences, commenting that “the group made a lot of progress in a short period of time.”
Although primarily a jazz musician, Michael enjoys the compositions of Bach, Mozart and Debussy in addition to Ellington, Monk, and Corea. He counts Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington as a few of his major musical influences. When he is not busy improvising at the piano, Michael also enjoys working with computers and exploring digital photography.