Rod teaches jazz piano at Providence College. He plays piano music for all types of functions including wedding receptions and fundraisers. He accompanies vocalists and performs in solo concerts. Rod enjoys playing jazz standards and show tunes, including the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Porter, Berlin and others. He also plays popular songs by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Alicia Keys.
Rod has studied improvisation techniques with David Darling and taken jazz studies at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He has studied jazz piano privately with Stanley Cowell, Norman Simmons and Paul Schmeling.