Mark has operated a successful private instruction studio, built solely on word-of-mouth advertising, for over 20 years. In 2011, he received the Virginia Governor's School Award for exemplary service and dedication to education. Many of Mark's students achieve high honors and scholarships at both the high school and the collegiate level. Many have successful careers in the music industry as performers, educators, producers, and engineers.
From 2008 until 2014, Mark was a sponsor for the annual Chantilly High School Invitational Jazz Festival. The festival, which for over 35 years has taken place at Chantilly High School in Virginia, was, at the time of Mark’s arrival and his departure as sponsor, the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Mark remains at the top of that school’s list as the “go to” instructor for piano lessons and improvisation lessons for all instruments. His students include many of the Washington, D.C. area's professional musicians, seeking him out for polish and refinement of their improvisational skills.
Mark teaches all ages (6 years and older) and all styles of piano. He receives each student as a unique, individual learner, tailoring his methods to that of the student, rather than applying a "cookie cutter" approach. He is proud to be in contact with many of his former students dating back to 1992.
For Lessons call the Lionheart Music East Landline: (703) 369-0965