Chris DeAngelis began playing the piano at age 8, and began teaching and playing professionally while in high school. He earned a B.A. in Music from UMass Boston, during which time he was twice commissioned by the university to compose for the University Chorus, and composed musical scores for several student films and plays.
For the past ten years, Chris has worked as a professional musician, appearing on several albums and touring extensively through the United States and Europe with jazz and classical ensembles, and several bands. He has also composed music for film and television promotions, most recently composing for the official 2012 South Asian International Film Festival promotional trailer.
In addition to private piano instruction, Chris has since 2009 worked as a Teaching Artist at LeAp, an award-winning New York City public school program. At PS 279 in the Bronx, Chris teaches both a Piano Performance class and a Songwriting / Composition / Recording class.
When Chris was a young piano student, his teacher was extremely encouraging of his creative process, and as a teacher Chris has always worked to incorporate a student's aesthetic inspirations into the methods of formal training. Whether a student is sight-reading, composing, or training his or her ear, there is always a wealth of knowledge to be gained. Chris has always worked to accommodate the unique styles and goals of each student to build confidence and independence, and to explore creativity.