Gregory Babal, Traditional Piano
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Gregory Babal

traditional piano

Gregory BabalGregory Babal is a member of the piano faculty at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where he is the coordinator of the piano-keyboard area. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in both piano and violin. He later received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The Hartt School. His piano studies were with James Staples and Raymond Hansen. He is also a composer and arranger.

Babal has performed and given clinics in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as in Poland and the Slovak Republic. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Central Connecticut State University and St. Joseph College, and worked with the Creative Communities program of the Artist Collective of Hartford and the ARC and Project LEARN programs for the state of Connecticut.

Babal teaches piano at The Hartt School Community Division, where he works with creatively talented students developing improvisation, jazz and composition skills.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the most effective manner of teaching involves exciting the individual student with music that they are drawn to. If they are excited by what they hear, they will have a strong desire to learn and will progress faster. Although music is a discipline, it should be an enjoyable one! I believe in mentoring each individual so that they reach the high standards of their potential in their unique gifting. This is done in my studio through teaching a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, and improvisation/pop. 

One of the greatest rewards for me in my teaching is seeing students with big smiles as they leave their lesson, because they are excited about what they are learning. I often catch them with a big smile on their face as I preview a new piece that we will start work on. I have come to realize that many times being able to play cool jazz pieces raises the self esteem of a young teen. A “good” lesson to me is when the parents tell me how excited their child was when he or she came home from the lesson.