Living in Belleville, NJ, Ryan is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Bridge has served on the faculty of The Brooklyn Academy of Musical Arts which has provided him with extensive experience working with both children and adults. He would like to create a positive and comfortable learning environment for his students in which to provide the skills necessary to progress in any style of piano they desire.
We are especially proud to say that Ryan began his studies at The Montclair Music Studio and is now a successful veteran instructor in his own right.
Getting to Know Ryan…
What brought on your interest in music?
I first started piano lessons around the age of five, right here at Montclair Music Studio. Ever since then, I loved it, and there was never any question that I would pursue music as a career. I first intended to pursue music composition, which I studied at Oberlin Conservatory, but soon decided that it was not the right path for me and so I auditioned and was accepted to Manhattan School of Music, where I recently finished my degree in piano performance.
When did you start your studies?
I started on piano, but also studied singing, and played clarinet in school, as well as dabbling with a few other instruments.
Was your family involved in music?
My mother studied dance from childhood to adulthood, and my brother took piano and violin lessons.
Have you participated in any extracurricular organizations or music clubs?
So many of them that they’re hard to remember! In high school, I was in the jazz band, wind ensemble, acapella group, choir, and participated in all counties, area-all states, and all-states for various things. I was always playing music outside of school.
What are other types of instruments in your repertoire?
I studied other instruments as a child, but now I focus entirely on piano. I do still compose, and I am happy to include theory and composition into the lessons if it seems right for the student, or if they have an interest in it.
Have you played at other venues?
I’ve played at a wide variety of venues, most recently Brooklyn Bowl singing backup with John the Martyr, a NY based soul band. Some other venues I’ve played: Newport Jazz Festival, Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), Harlem Tavern (NYC), The Bitter End (NYC), The Shrine (NYC), Hilton Millenium Hotel (NYC), Union Performing Arts Center (NJ), The NOVO (Club Nokia), Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge, Capitol Studios.
Any favorite hobbies other than music?
I enjoy cooking, reading, yoga and running, and learning languages.
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