ABOUT THE ARTIST
Howard Richman is a pianist, composer, teacher and author. He writes pop, musical theatre, jazz and new age music and film music. Since 1982 he has pioneered a transformational approach to music relaxation which sensitized him to the connection between to the mind and the body. This led him to his work with music education, music medicine, weight loss techniques and stutter control techniques. Mr. Richman’s formal training is in music. He has a B.A. degree in piano performance from UCLA and an M.F.A. (Master Fine Arts) degree from California Institute of the Arts, where he also taught on the faculty for three years.
As a composer, Mr. Richman’s specialty is writing melodies that touch people deeply. He has blended his advanced music training and his intuitive awareness to create “music for transformation.” His company, Sound Feelings, is the publisher of his many healing music titles, including: Ease Chronic Pain, Feeling Stressed, Feeling Fat, Cancer, AIDS, Music for Children, Music for Intimacy, Music for Birth, Scleroderma.
He began doing improvisational piano interpretations in 1982. Since then, his perceptive awareness and intuitive sensitivites about people and conditions have been refined to an uncanny degree. As of Jan, 2008 he has created more than 3000 of these “Sound Portraits.”
As an educator, Mr. Richman is a leader in the development of unique and effective learning strategies. His book, Super Sight-Reading Secrets, is now used as a textbook at many universites. Mr. Richman has also developed a rehabilitation program for pianists with pain or injuries. He studied the biomechanics of playing to maximize efficiency and relaxation and is often sought as a consultant for other teachers and doctors dealing with musicians’ hand injuries.
This expertise inspired him to apply the same successful principles to typing when he wrote his highly-acclaimed booklet, Pain-Free Typing Technique.
Various disabilities, including stuttering, among Mr. Richman’s piano students showed noticeable improvement through doing the sight-reading drill. This inspired him to formulate the Stutter Control Drill, based on the same successful principles.
2010 - Present