Local Jazz Musician on Path to Teaching Others
21-year-old Lynnfield resident Adam Hashian is offering his services after training with a modern day master.
"I want to spread it around to the next generation and keep the art alive."
These are the words of Lynnfield resident and local tutor and jazz teacher Adam Hashian. In a recent interview, Hashian explained how he came to fall in love with that cool music known as jazz by learning at the hands of one of today's modern masters.
Hashian first started taking jazz lessons over a year ago. From humble beginnings of teaching himself to play the piano, the Lynnfield musician soon hit a roadblock, realizing there was only so much he could learn on his own. He decided to delve deeper into his musical efforts and found an accomplished jazz master to help him along the way.
"I did a simple search on the Internet and found this guy, Dave Frank," Hashian explained. "His website, said he had 40 years experience teaching jazz and that he had taught at Berkley. I went out to New York City to meet with him and he was absolutely amazing."
"Frank is a modern day jazz master," added Hashian. "He was taught by the jazz pianist Lenny Tristano, who was a blind jazz master in the 40s through the 60s, a second generation master […] I started taking lessons with Frank over Skype about a year ago. He claimed that students progress the same over the Internet or in-person and I guess I'd be a shining example of that. I take 30 minute lessons once a week and have seen remarkable improvements."
Feeling he is able to continue the tradition of these jazz masters, Hashian has recently started teaching other musicians. "It's only jazz with me, there is no classical training involved. Usually when we take piano lessons there will be Beethoven or Bach, but this is strictly music theory and jazz education that include all the styles that preceded it - rock, pop, folk music, all that music is included within jazz. […] I teach piano, but I wouldn't be opposed to taking on students that simply want to learn how to improvise."
When asked why people would come to him to learn jazz over other teachers, Hashian said, "I'm also a tutor. I've taught economics, statistics, all types of math, history and English, so I have experience teaching. I use my knowledge of the piano and jazz with my teaching experience to craft a lesson specific to each student."
If you would like more information from Adam about music lessons, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-632-8346.