by Michael Joviala

I am an improviser, composer and teacher based in New York City. My main instrument is piano, but I’ve been known to pull the clarinet out once in a while!

I teach musicianship, ear training and music theory through the Dalcroze approach. Not sure what that is? Click here to find out more.

Training and education:

  • Diplôme Supèrieur, Institute Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva Switzerland. 2020
  • D.M.A. in Performance; Stony Brook University, NY. 2018.
  • M.A. in Music Education; Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. B.A. 2015.
  • B. A. in Performance, Jazz Saxophone; University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. 1989.
  • Dalcroze License: Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA. 2008 with Lisa Parker and Anne Farber.
  • Dalcroze Certificate: Juilliard School of Music, New York, NY. 2000 with Robert Abramson.


Lucy Moses School of Music at Kaufman Music Center: Dalcroze eurhythmics, solfège and improvisation classes for children and adults. I am the director of the Dalcroze Program for adults, which includes Dalcroze teacher training at all levels.

The Diller-Quaile School of Music: musicianship classes through the Dalcroze approach for elementary through high school.

Columbia University: undergraduate ear training.

I teach privately as a pianist, improviser, solfège/ear training teacher, and Dalcroze teacher-trainer. I occasionally offer my own classes. Click here for more information.

During the summers, in addition to the Dalcroze teacher-training program I direct at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City, I enjoy teaching at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, now located in Dallas, Texas.

My latest project is an improvisation collective I call Loco Motors. It’s latest incarnation features dancer and choreographer (and Dalcroze teacher) Dawn Pratson. We are developing new work through a residency program in the New York Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America. Here‘s a clip of a short performance we gave at a recent workshop to give you a taste.

Here is a collection of performance video from my DMA work at Stony Brook University from 2015-2017.

Here is a podcast I was recntly featured on with my colleagues Anthony Molinero and Lauren Hodgson.