PTW Executive Director / Artistic & Music Director / Song Interpretation Classes / Musical Theatre Performance Classes / Professional, College and School Show Audition Preparation / Private Lessons
Dean began his studies at age five on the violin and added piano at age seven. After his piano debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 11, Dean received the Van Cliburn award for piano performance at age 13. He studied violin, piano, composition, and scoring at the Eastman School of Music where he won the Duke Ellington Award for Outstanding Arranging and Composition. Dean also received the highest score in the BMI Musical Theatre Songwriting competition in 1986.
He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1987 where he received a BA in Composition. At Yale, Dean composed, orchestrated and musical directed the full length musical, "Experiments", which was performed at Yale commencement. Also at Yale, Dean studied orchestration with Jacob Druckman (from Julliard faculty) and composition with Maury Yeston (composer of "Nine"). Dean has also studied jazz improvisation with the legendary jazz alto saxophonist Phil Woods. He has studied vocal pedagogy and voice therapy at Westminster Choir College and choral conducting at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Dean is a New Jersey Certified Teacher, received his Masters in Teaching in 2008, and is currently a Choral Director and Music Technology teacher at Chatham Middle School.
With his production companies, Dean Kravitz Music (DKM) and Elasticmusic, Dean has composed, orchestrated and sung/played for over 150 National and Regional TV/Radio commercials for major advertising agencies in NY, Boston, Dallas, and California for products such as Pepsi, Toys R Us, McDonalds, Reebock, Motorola, Lady Footlocker, Hefty, Blue Cross/Blue Shield & Clairol. Dean has composed, orchestrated and arranged music for several cartoons on Nickelodeon's "Nick Jr.", as well as the music that premiered the TV Land network. He currently still has music played frequently on the air.
As a keyboardist, Dean has played for Donna Summer, Cyndi Lauper, Debby Gibson and Marc Anthony. On piano, he has performed for Chevy Chase, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin and the New York Yankees.
Dean has been an active teacher, arranger, pianist and musical director with PTW since 1983, and is so happy to be able to share his love and knowledge of music with young students. Dean has a wonderful wife, Liz, and adorable twin 5-year-old boys, Sammy and Max.