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Reuben Allen Music
Reuben Allen Music

Reuben Allen Music

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Introduction: I am a jazz pianist, composer, and music educator from Chicago, currently based in New York City and Los Angeles. I have over fourteen years of teaching experience, including three years at the Juilliard Evening Division where I teach Jazz Piano and Jazz Arranging courses. My goal as an educator is to meet students at their current background and give them the tools to make and discover music in a deeper and more joyful way starting from their first lesson. I believe that means helping them learn music by ear and understand how it works; not just asking that they read the notes. This holds true whether they are working on a piece by Mozart, Duke Ellington, or Stevie Wonder. Therefore, I integrate theory, harmony, ear training, and improvisation into most lessons. I am a graduate of the Juilliard School (Artist Diploma, Jazz Studies) as well as the Eastman School of Music (M.M., Jazz Composition/Arranging + B.M, Jazz Piano). With a strong background in classical piano, I am able to help classical pianists explore jazz for the first time. I often share a library of dozens of home-made handouts, exercises, and transcriptions of jazz instrumental solos and compositions/arrangements with students to outline concepts in the clearest and most exciting way. I have been fortunate to study with Kenny Barron, Frank Kimbrough, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, whose techniques have informed my own teaching and playing.

Serves Van Nuys, CA

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Guin L.

Reuben taught me beginner jazz piano at the Evening Division at Juilliard School for a semester. My experience with Reuben has been amazing. I would recommend Reuben to anyone who wish to learn jazz piano and who find it difficult to break into the jazz world. Before working with Reuben, I have made multiple attempts taking other beginner jazz piano and improvisation courses in in-person, in-class and MOOC settings. These courses still left me confused about how I should approach practicing jazz music. I did not feel I know what I was doing when I improvise. Reuben's method was well-rounded and systematic (listening, imitating masters, developing tiny ideas one at a time, theories but not excessive, and even a bit of history). I had so many breakthrough moments during the semester and I felt I finally understand what I was doing on the keyboard and how to improve. Thank you Reuben! Guin
Apr 30, 2020
Rocco D.

I studied jazz piano with Reuben Allen for four wonderful semesters at Juilliard. Reuben always delivers articulate, well-informed teaching, relentlessly encouraging coaching, and frequent piano-demoing. He is positive, upbeat, and always passionate about the music. Reuben stands out as not only a super musician, but a fantastic music educator.
Apr 26, 2020
Eileene B.

Reuben is a wonderful teacher. I’ve had him in person and for virtual lessons and he is fantastic! He’s extremely talented and young. Very personable and professional. His in person lessons are great because he will do some improv for you if you ask. He also teaches at jazz piano Juilliard so you know you’re getting the best of the best!
Apr 20, 2020
David G.

Reuben is incredibly knowledgeable, and also goes above and beyond in supporting his students and their learning process, but at the same time is very clear on what areas need to be worked on. Many times I would shoot him an email or text with a question and he always got back with a detailed (and helpful) response. He's also super enthusiastic!
Apr 22, 2020
Barbara N.

I'd have chosen all 5 items had I been able! Reuben gave us an awesome Jazz Piano class. He clearly spent a lot of time reviewing our submissions and giving us useful feedback.
Apr 20, 2020
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Reuben Allen


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I hold an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in Jazz Piano, a M.M. in Jazz Composition/Arranging and B.M. in Jazz Piano from the Eastman School of Music. I currently teach Jazz Piano and Introduction to Jazz Arranging at the Juilliard Evening Division.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I have taught students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds including children to adults, and beginners to professional musicians.

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