About Mark Polishook
Dr. Polishook currently resides in Leicester in the UK where he teaches all things related to the piano, including improvisation and classical repertoire, jazz, composition, music theory, and music technology. He gives lessons locally in his studio and internationally through Skype video conferencing.
Mark is a pianist, a composer, a music technologist, and a teacher who specialises in improvisation influenced by historical and contemporary sources. Over the last several months, Dr. Polishook has presented improvised solo piano concerts in Leicester in the UK, Craców in Poland, Hong Kong, and the United States. He recently gave a course on improvisation at Jackdaws, one of the leading Music Education Trusts in the UK.
For all of this, you will find Dr. Polishook to be a funny, warm, empathetic man who will be your mentor in the most effective way for you.
Learning with Mark
Experience a new way of learning the piano in which improvisation is one huge part of the overall process.
And why shouldn’t it be? Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and other great composers? They were known first and foremost as great improvisers and then, secondarily, as composers.
When you study with Mark, whether in his studio or over Skype, you work with him to create your own approach to your own interests. So if improvisation, classical music, composition, music theory, music technology, or some combination of the above interests you you can work out a way to learn about those things with Mark. And do keep in mind, the path towards learning is very much about what interests you. It’s a path that’s not a set succession of steps that the same for everyone.
That’s because all things you do with Mark are based on your own abilities and interests. The results of your study with Mark—your progress—will demonstrate whether or not you’re working with the right teacher because it will be obvious and evident. The equation is simple: Practice and have fun doing so and stick with it and the progress comes, often before you even realise it!
Learn in an efficient, easy, fun, and rigorous way so you get the results you’d like
Work towards the potential and proficiency that you have and you’d like to reach
Relax and enjoy learning at the piano.
Mark Polishook teaching on skype
“…a mentor in the fullest sense of the term…”
People who have studied with Mark
and what they are saying
Dr Norbert Palej
Associate Professor and head of the University of Toronto Music Composition and Theory Dept
Mark’s a world-class jazz pianist, a wonderfully inventive composer, an expert in electroacoustic music, and a mentor in the fullest sense of the term.
He’s inspired every aspect of my creative development. His guidance, teaching and support transformed my life–I wouldn’t have gotten where I am without him. I can’t imagine a more complete teacher for any aspiring musician.
Jazz Pianist and Educator
Mark was my teacher at the University of Maine at Augusta as part of a BA Honors degree in jazz from Leeds College of Music. Mark transformed my understanding of music. And while he was teaching me harmony and improvisation he was also showing me an approach to life. I seemed to walk out a foot taller from every one of his lessons.
Now nearly 20 years later, I run creative music workshops with diverse groups including orchestral players, opera singers, prisoners and primary school children. I find myself quoting him practically every day to the groups I work with. The participants seem to walk out a foot taller as I did years ago.
Piano teacher and co-founder of the London Piano Meetup Group
Mark’s approach is a journey of discovery. His emphasis is on listening and appreciating not only the sound and quality of the notes, but also the spaces in between. He gives the classical pianist freedom to let go of ingrained preconceptions –to be thankful for wrong notes as the impetus for improvisation–and to banish the rational voice which might say “you can’t do that!”.
Study with Mark Polishook
Booked as hour long lessons, these sometimes run over, if this occurs no extra fees are charged.
Single LessonBook at pay as you go
- Mark will work with you on specifics topics and goals, the content of which is totally up to you.
Single lessons include free follow-up by email as you wish. Follow-up can include exchanges of short audio or video files as is helpful.
Lesson BlocksBook 5 lessons with Mark
- The most popular option with a discounted rate for block blocking.
- Scheduling of blocks of lessons can be regular or irregular as you wish and as your schedule permits. In general, lessons every two weeks are optimal but that’s a recommendation and not a requirement or a necessity.
- All lessons include free follow-up by email as you wish. Follow-up can include exchanges of short audio or video files as is helpful.
- Shorter and more structured than usual, a preview lesson helps you decide whether or not you’d like to study and collaborate with Mark to pursue your musical goals.
- Mark will ask questions to learn about your interests and of course he’ll want to hear you play.
- He’ll explain how he can help you learn efficiently and have fun while doing so.