Bryn is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at NYC jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy’s. Roberts has four albums out featuring his own music. He teaches students of all ages and looks forward to sharing his experience with the next generation of musicians.
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
I started relatively late, at age 12, but I was immediately hooked.
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:
Early positive encouragement from my very first piano teacher is a big part of why I am a musician today. I remember my first teacher saying something positive about my abilities, and something clicked in me where I realized I could really explore my interest in music as deeply as I wanted––it was something I could really take seriously.
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
There are way too many to list. I love jazz, classical, pop, folk, rock, and draw inspiration and influence from all sorts of sources including Bach, Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, Sarah Vaughn, Bill Evans, Hank Williams, Egberto Gismonti, John Coltrane, AC/DC, Bud Powell, Elis Regina, Hank Jones, Patty Griffin, and many more.
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
I have many career highlights, including playing at Carnegie Hall with Dar Williams, at Lincoln Center with William Bell, at Dizzy’s Jazz Club with Jon Gordon, at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival (Cash’s boyhood home) with Rosanne Cash, performing on PBS with Shawn Colvin, and touring in the USA, Japan, Europe and Canada with my own groups.
Describe your ideal student.
For me an ideal student is one who has a passion and interest for music (no matter what their ability or age) and one who is willing to put some time in to work on their skills.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few music lessons.
Though I do have methods and materials to draw from, I truly feel that the best lessons are a good improvisation with the student. Problems to tackle or inspirations to cultivate spring up differently from week to week, and I feel it’s important to be open and flexible while still having larger goals in mind. Every student is different and you can’t teach everyone the same way. The first few lessons are spent figuring out an approach tailored to a student’s interests, abilities, and personality.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
I have been lucky to have many inspiring teachers spanning different teaching philosophies and approaches. I love the feeling of inspiring students.
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