Adam Edison – Pianist, Composer, Music Educator
Adam Edison has been performing piano music, composing, and singing since he was 10 years old. As early as junior high school, Adam was involved in 8 major music commitments at once (accompanying 2 choral groups, playing in the school’s jazz ensemble, playing in the “pit” for the school’s musical production of “Big”, singing and playing piano in recitals, playing in a rock trio (piano, guitar, drums), performing with a traveling group of singers for community service at nursing homes, and producing a limited-release 30-minute album of his original works).
In high school, Adam continued his personal investment in music. He had formal instruction in jazz piano and improvisation under Christopher Casey, and was further mentored by Philip Ventre (jazz ensemble and orchestra director) and Ralph Valentine (choral director and music theory instructor).
In Adam’s junior year, he started and performed in a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums), which had performances for private events and a local venue. He composed an original piece of music for the Choate Rosemary Hall Jazz Ensemble, and performed it with them his senior year. He also produced 2, 60-minute albums of his original works as a limited release.
In college, Adam frequented Carnegie Mellon University’s music conservatory, taking studio lessons under several excellent teachers in music composition (Efrain Amaya) and piano performance (Meyhon Moon, Mark Domencic). He also supplemented his music education with harmony and voice leading, sound recording, editing and mastering (Ricardo Shultz), and advanced eurhythmics (Annabelle Joseph). Adam performed regularly in local and college venues – both alone, in various duos, and in a rock quintet.
After college, Adam continued to pursue his education in music, studying under two excellent teachers for piano performance (Patricia Palombo), and music composition and jazz improvisation (Jeffrey Chappell). It was then that he began to accept students in various music-related subjects and discover his true passion for teaching.
Currently, Adam continues to perform, compose, and teach. Having studied with over 16 different teachers, he knows the value of acquiring accurate technical knowledge, the benefit of multiple approaches to instruction, and the joy of having multiple contexts to apply any musical skill. His diverse areas of expertise, his flexible yet structured approach, and his commitment to helping students reach their own personal goals in music are what make him a valuable teacher. He has helped a high school student attend college for a Bachelor's Degree in Music, a retired Federal employee transition to becoming a High School Band Director, and a successful foreign employee in the financial sector become admmitted to the top music conservatories in the country. He has helped countless others learn the true fundamental skills in music required to be successful and knowledgeable musicians, regardless of their personal or professional aspirations.