Neil Tatar

Board President

Neil TatarNeil Tatar is an experienced guitarist who also plays piano, hand drums and percussion. He has a musical orientation that is contemporary in style, primarily rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and light jazz. Driven by his love of music and passion for helping others, Neil has been a performer and a teacher for more than 35 years. Neil has also appeared onstage with a number of musical groups, and most recently his focus has been on composing his own music. Some of this original material was recorded for his recent album, “Where Did The Time Go”, performed and produced in collaboration with Grammy award winning cellist David Darling, released in September of 2013.

When Neil isn’t recording music, he focuses his creative energy on leading improvisational workshops. His workshops echo the energy he brings from continued inspiration and training. As President of the Board of Directors and a graduate of the Music for People Musicianship and Leadership program, Neil incorporates the teaching principles of the program to provide participants with the tools to enhance their improvisational skills. He welcomes the musically inexperienced as well as the seasoned professional.

Neil leads workshops for a variety of groups, including adult mental health programs, camps for children with serious illnesses, assorted college groups, and regional arts councils. As a facilitator, he creates a safe and supportive environment for participants, combining a long standing tai chi practice and meditative philosophy with his enthusiasm and creative energy. True to his devotion to improvisation, Neil’s workshops are playful and never the same. Participants have reported expanding their musical repertoire or happily becoming reacquainted with their musical selves. For more info, please check out

Dr. David Rudge

Dr. David Rudge
Dr. David Rudge teaches Free Improvisation at SUNY-Fredonia where he leads the Improv Collective, a performing ensemble. An improvising violinist, he has performed with Paul Winter, Paul Horn, Arthur Hull, Don Campbell and David Darling. He has also performed as conductor with David Darling and Jon-Luc Ponty. Involved with Music for People since its inception, Dr. Rudge is a member of its Board of Directors and MLP Staff. David has taught Free Improvisation in such diverse settings as Oklahoma State University, the Connecticut and New York Public Schools, the Kiental Center in Switzerland, Strings without Boundaries, Brian Wicklund’s American Fiddle Camp, the Quartet Program, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, where he was on staff for several summers. Dr. Rudge is also the Director of Orchestras and Opera at SUNY – Fredonia. He has conducted symphony orchestras and operas in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America to critical acclaim.

Ron Kravitz

Ron Kravitz

Ron Kravitz of Music in the Moment Improvisation Workshops for Everyone, was first introduced to the joys of singing as a boy by his mother, who was a semi professional singer.  Later on along the path, he was introduced to West African drumming by the late and great Babatunde Olatunji.  In 1988, Ron took cellist David Darling’s Music For Everyone Workshop at Omega Institute.  That profound experience opened Ron up to a new world of musical freedom with endless possibility’s of self expression.  From the seeds of that inspiration, Ron became a certified Music For People facilitator and has created a community center in his residential suburban home in Wyndmoor, Pa.  On a weekly basis people can discover and explore their own musical creativity through Vocal Groove Improvisations, Community Drum/Music Gatherings and African Drum Classes.  For 17 years has hosted his house concert series, Underground at Ron’s.

He is long time percussionist with the Group Motion Dance Workshop, is percussion facilitator for the Native Flute School “Flute Haven”, is co-facilitator along with MFP staff memberLynn Miller for the Improvisation Music Camp, is host to Mt.Airy, Pa’s Outdoor Community Circles, has 1 CD to his credit, “Hang Meditations”, and can also be heard on MFP alumni Frances Miller Crowhill Sauder’s “Water Song” along with David Darling. Hear more about Ron’s story as Drummer and Facilitator in the WHYY Wider Horizons series.

He plays and sells the highest quality Shruti Boxes on the planet, is a rep for Rhythm Rings, introduced the Swiss made PANArt Hang to the US market place while he was their sole US representative between 2002 – 2007. Hear more about Ron’s story as drummer and facilitator in the WHYY Wider Horizons series.


Jane Buttars

JB on CDJane is a versatile musician, innovative educator and scholar who has performed as pianist, harpsichordist, vocalist, and dancer.  She is a certified MLP Graduate, is Coordinator of the MfP Graduate Program, and has also served on MfP staff.

She has released two CDs of original live improvisations:  Keys to the Inside, for solo piano; and Tympanum, a collaboration with cellist David Darling.  Her solo and joint concerts often combine instrumental, vocal, and movement improvisation with enthusiastic audience interaction.

Through her own program, Music From the Inside, she provides workshops in music and movement improvisation for self-expression.  She is asked to make interactive presentations to professional piano teacher associations on the joys of teaching improvisation.  She also facilitates, improvises at the piano, and serves on the board of the monthly dance improvisation group, Dance Improv, Live!

Jane holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in keyboard performance, is a Fulbright Scholar, and has had life-long dance training.  She maintains a studio for private sessions, including distance learning.

Check out her music online.


Andy Smith

561995_10151079919852226_1409602506_nweb-After serving 35 years as a social activist in the church, Andy consulted with corporations and now teaches sustainability and business ethics in the MBA program at Penn State Great Valley. He established a nature photography business, Andy Smith Photography, in 2004 ( His award-winning images are exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic region. At age two and a half Andy began singing in church choirs and has been active musically in many ways since. A 2004 graduate of the MLP of MFP he plays trombone, fiddle, and hand drums. Previously Andy served on several not-for-profit boards and is still active as a board member emeritus of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania.

contact Andy at:
402 Conestoga Rd Devon PA 19333-1408
610 644-1504

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