Ray Naccari

Piano

Because every student is different I find myself reinventing myself as a teacher constantly. The common denominator is of course work on reading, technique, scales, figuring out chords, and different styles of music. But tapping into a unique voice and figuring out how to make music meaningful to their lives, well that’s where the real magic happens.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ray began studying piano at age seven. He has been inspired by a broad range of musical genres and artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans to Frédéric Chopin.

 In addition to his teaching duties at the Brooklyn Music School, Ray has enjoyed a rich and storied career as a professional musician. He has been the musical director and pianist for Black Stars of the Great White Way, starring Ben Vereen, Norm Louis, Keith David, Chapman Roberts, and Andre De Shields at Carnegie Hall. He has been a pianist for the Jean-Claude Baker (Josephine Baker’s son) memorial with Jessye Norman, Chapman Roberts, and Vivian Reed. Other highlights of his career include two Sopranos Sing Opera to Blues at Carnegie Hall and a solo performance of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” Other musical legends he has performed with include Norm Lewis, Jennifer Holliday, Cuba Gooding, Sr., Gloria Gaynor, and Shania Twain.

 Ray enjoys the emphasis that Brooklyn Music School places on the quality of the faculty, as well as blending instruction with performance to keep each student motivated and moving forward towards their artistic potential.

 “I walk through these doors and I know that I can give myself 100% as an educator, with all of my energies focused on figuring out where that student is today and how to take him or her to the next level,” Ray notes. “The staff at BMS are fabulous and allow me to do my best work.”