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Bruce Hartung's career as a jazz pianist includes performances as a soloist, in small groups and big bands. Bruce Hartung has been featured on television and radio. He is an arranger for large and small ensembles, and is a published composer. As a jazz clinician and lecturer, he coaches jazz musicians and provides material for classical musicians who would like a background in jazz. As a jazz clinician and lecturer, he works with a broad variety of students and topics, and has been a featured lecturer for the Ohio Music Teachers Association's State Convention. Mr. Hartung teaches jazz piano at Capital University's Community Music School, a position held since 1986, and also coaches privately. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree.

Mr. Hartung's students range in age from ages twelve through adult. Many students who have a classical background in piano enjoy his approach to the introduction of jazz techniques. Others have a background in jazz and wish to improve on stylistic, improvisational, or theory and arranging techniques. Other students work on ear training at the instrument, and arranging techniques from a fake book. While Mr. Hartung is primarily a jazz pianist, he also has a traditional classical piano background, and teaches students who wish to work primarily with the classical literature.

Comments and observations:

"Bruce has an impressive background in both jazz and classical traditions; he has an especially rich harmonic sense and a wonderful flow of ideas. He is a fine teacher and does an excellent job communicating his musical knowledge to others."
Robert Kraut, Professor of Philosophy (The Ohio State University) and guitarist with The Tony Monaco Trio

"Bruce is able to break jazz playing into logical and progressive steps. He helped me realize steady improvement in my own jazz playing. Bruce is a consummate teacher and player."
Jack Wisneiwsky, PhD. Jazz student of Mr. Hartung

"Bruce has an in-depth knowledge of both jazz and classical styles. He has the ability to present concepts in a clear and straightforward manner. As a team teacher for my Columbus students, he has a proven record of relating to students with significant musical results."
Cathy Callis, DMA Assistant Professor of Music (Queens College); Private classical piano teacher and former teacher of Mr. Hartung
Studio Location
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 263-4578