Mark Polishook - Pianist and Masterclass Piano Teacher.

Jazz, classical, improvisation, composition, music theory, music technology, and more. Follow a curriculum that we’ll create together to move you from A to Z. Or work on select topics according to your interests. My philosophy—my guiding principle—is learn, improve, and have fun—and all of those things at the same time.

Of course, these days while we all contend with COVID I’m teaching exclusively online.
That said, I’ve found from previous experience that we’re all better off collaborating with the best available teacher—online or in-studio.

A different way to say that is the medium through which we work, whether online or in-studio is far less important than the collaboration we’ll build over time while we work together on your goals.

About students with whom I collaborate: I work with all levels from complete beginners through to experienced professionals. Amateur or professional, it makes no difference. Something all of the student with whom I collaborate share is love for music, learning, and improving,

Something I always promote and return to in the learning process is if we play the piano, with even a tiny bit more skill and insight than yesterday, and if learning, practicing and playing and, indeed, just thinking about music—is fun, then all things in terms of acquiring musical skill and ability are possible.

Some more about how I teach: Experience a new way of learning the piano in which improvisation is a huge part of the overall process. Why shouldn’t it be?

Consider that Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, not to mention many other great composers were known first and foremost as astounding improvisers. Following that, came their reputation as composers.

When you study with me, whether in my studio or over Zoom or Skype, you’ll build up and out from that legacy of creativity and on-the-spot extemporisation. What that really means a is your learning process won’t be a set succession of steps—the same grades and requirements, so to speak, for one and all. Rather, our collaboration will grow towards the skills and accomplishments you wish to acquire.

Over time, the results of your studies—your steady progress and growth as a pianist and a musician—will be obvious such that it’ll speak for itself. Or, perhaps I should say: Let’s put assumptions to the side so that learning is, simply, efficient, easy, and fun.

Relax and enjoy the time you spend learning at the piano.

And know that if you do so, results and all good thing will follow.

Mark Polishook

Mark Polishook

Dr Mark Polishook, currently based in Maine in the US (that after a decade in Leicester in the UK), is known internationally as a jazz pianist and a composer. He is a former director of the music composition and theory programs at Central Washington University in the United States.


Here’s a sampling of what previous students have said about their learning experience with me.