James Gross has had a wide experience in the educational and professional
areas of his career. He has been a working professional for over
25 years as a Composer, Arranger, Teacher, Songwriter, Musical Director,
Pianist, Multi-Keyboardist, Session player and Producer.
Greg began teaching private piano students while
working as a musician / songwriter in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating
with a bachelors degree in Music Composition from the Chicago Conservatory
of Music, and studing jazz at the American Conservatory of Music,
he began working with the Baldwin Music Company teaching Piano,
Jazz, Organ, and Music Theory.
Greg moved to Los Angeles, California,
where he began his career as a composer for Feature Films, Television,
Theater, and Commercials. He soon learned that besides the traditional
skills of being a composer, creative knowledge of the computer,
sequencing software, and multi-keyboard setups was essential for
the modern day film composer. Greg became an accomplished Sequencer
/ Programmer applying these techniques to everything from music
scoring to the syncing of music to picture.
With both a formal music education background and it's practical
use as a professional, Greg began teaching on the West Coast. He
became an Associate Teacher with John Novello, acclaimed teacher
and author of "The Contemporary Keyboardist". The "Contemporary
Keyboardist" course has recieved accolades from both musicians
and composers; people like Chick Corea to Henry Mancini. It has
also recieved great reviews as a teaching method in different articles
from Downbeat and Keyboard Magazines, to name a few.
For over 15 years, Greg's insight and knowledge
as an educator, helped both beginners and working professionals
on the road to success, in Los Angeles.
Greg now teaches at the Leo-Borchard-Music school in Berlin, Germany
Some of the areas that Greg has taught include:
Ear Training, Technique, Improvisation,
Repertoire, Musical Styles, Studio Playing, Harmony, Theory, Arranging,
Composition, Film Composing, Dramatic Scoring Techniques, Songwriting,
Computer Sequencing, MIDI and Multi-Keyboard Setups.
© 2017 Gregory James Gross