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Learning Piano in Boston

by Eunhye J. - Boston piano teacher

Greetings! My name is Eunhye and I teach piano lessons in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston attracts musical talents from all over the world and has been home to many Grammy winners and nominees. It provides a rich musical environment to learn piano or music in general.

Let’s take a look at some resources that may help your piano learning in Boston.

1. Find Your Own Keys!
- Keyboard/Digital Piano
If you are planning to purchase your keyboard/digital piano, Guitar Center is a great place to start. There are two branches in Back Bay and Fenway,
which are easily accessible by T. The Natick store (321 Speen St, Natick, MA 01760) is more convenient for Framingham, Wellesley, and Weston residents. Various brands of keyboards are on display for you to try and the staff can help you to find the right model for your needs.

*Tip: Get a velocity sensitive or touch-sensitive keyboard with weighted keys. These features ensure musical expression and you will enjoy playing piano more. Make sure that it has more than 66 keys as well!

- Grand/Upright Piano
If you are looking for an acoustic piano, visit the M. Steinert & Sons showroom located in Downtown Boston (at Boston Common, Boylston Station, 162 Boylston St, Boston, MA). I suggest making an appointment to get full assistance and plan for about a half an hour to try several pianos. Once you bring your piano at home, be sure to maintain it! Sudden changes in temperature and humidity can ruin the acoustics of piano. Call a piano tuner every six months!

*Tip: Did you know you can practice on a grand piano at the Harvard Musical Association at Boston Commons for free? HMS offers musicians the opportunity practice for 1 ½ hours at a time without cost. Reservation is a must. More info here: http://hmaboston.org/rooms/.

2. Get Inspired!
I recommend checking out a variety of live concerts that will nurture and inspire you as you’re taking piano lessons in Boston!

- Venues
Berklee Performance Center (BPC): This is the hot place for all contemporary music of all kinds – rock, world, jazz, pop, folk, classical, and more. You name it! Many promising Berklee students’ concerts are held here, as well as world-class musicians. (https://www.berklee.edu/BPC)

Symphony Hall: This is the home of the historic Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). It’s located only a few blocks away from BPC. Although it is primarily a classical venue, Boston Pops and jazz giants regularly perform here. Fun fact: Near Symphony Hall on Westland Avenue there is a building that used to be a hotel (now an apartment called the Parkside) where Stravinsky stayed and worked during his Boston residency.

Clubs: Hang out with your friends and listen to great music! Scullers at the Hilton Hotel, Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, Lilypad, Ryles Jazz Club, Lizard Lounge, the Beat Hotel in Cambridge, and the Beehive in South Boston are among your many options.

- Festivals
Beantown Jazz Festival: https://www.berklee.edu/beantownjazz
Tanglewood: http://www.bso.org/brands/tanglewood/features/2015-tanglewood-season.aspx
African Festival of Boston: http://www.africanfestivalofboston.com
JP Porchfest: http://www.jpporchfest.org

- Enjoy Free Recitals at Colleges
Berklee College of Music: You will be surprised by how diverse Berklee’s own music scene is! The annual piano concert hosted by the piano department features both faculty and students. (www.berklee.edu)

New England Conservatory (NEC): Third Stream, a synthesis of classical music and jazz improvisation, started here. The finest classical musicians, jazz musicians, and musicians from other traditions showcase classical or jazz music and the combination of those genres here. (http://necmusic.edu)

3. Explore Books and Materials
Now that you are inspired to work on your own piano skills, you’ll want to get some instructional books, scores, and other supplementary materials. If you’re taking piano lessons in Boston already, your teacher can guide you. But here are some additional places to check out:

Music Espresso (295 Huntington Ave #212, Boston, MA) is NEC’s music bookstore that has been serving the New England community for a long time. You can find various method books, popular music scores for piano, jazz giant’s solo transcriptions, and imported classical scores. Learn more at www.musicespresso.com.

The Berklee Bookstore (1090 Boylston St, Boston, MA) sells traditional piano method books. But the beauty of this store is in its pop/jazz oriented instructional book selections. Many of them are written by Berklee faculty and published by Berklee Press. Some introductory course books (Ear Training and Harmony) can be also very helpful if you are inclined to learn jazz, pop, and other contemporary styles.

Now you are all set to go! You and your piano teacher will go through your musical journey together and it will be a success! Good luck!
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Ian Lewis P.

Cambridge, MA

About Ian Lewis

Hi! I am excited to work with students of all ages and levels, and I am here to help you unlock the treasury of our music together. I'm devoted to passing on the joy of music-making to performers of any age, whether you are passionate about musical theater, classical music, popular music, or just for the fun of making music. As a soloist, I am a frequent performer throughout the Northeast. This season's performances include engagements with Lowell House Opera, Opera Brittenica, Cantata Singers, Opera Providence, and concerts and TV appearances with the award-winning folk music group Voice of the Turtle, as well as numerous recitals. As a classical collaborative singer, I've performed in a choral setting with the New York Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Philadelphia ...

Reviews

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Xu Z. September 19, 2012
Verified Student
Encouraging and Patient!

Ian is the most encouraging teacher I've hardly met. He is always ready to point out the improvements and in a sincere way. Even though I tend to repeat the mistake, he takes it as a natural learning process and gives time for myself to overcome it.

Besides, it usually takes me more effort to understand the terms/background of the pieces we work on since English is not my native language but Ian is able to translate into something I could understand.
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Shanshan W.

Newton, MA

About Shanshan

Shanshan W. has been an aspiring performing pianist ever since her decision to study music as an undergraduate. She has received BM and MM degrees at both the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory respectively. Fascinated with challenging techniques and fast passages even at an early age, she desires to share her experience as well as insights with her students to help them overcome various technical difficulties. With a dedication to integrity and passion for her work, Mrs. W. seeks to enrich her students with life insights as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of music. *** Lesson Details *** No one student is created the same, and therefore my curriculum for each would be varied accordingly. Through knowing them more specifically as individuals, I hope to ...

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Taro M. November 28, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
If you want to reach for the real expression of music...

My teacher always let me learn how to design my intention to play a music, only through pressing /pushing keys, with my enjoyment, even when I play scales !
She is the 3rd piano teacher in my life but I have never seen before the amazing teacher like her, who thinks with a student how to reach for real expression of music.....
I really thank TakeLessons for leading me to her. It is mystery in my life.
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Vasiliy M.

Somerville, MA

I teach general piano lessons since 2010.With every new student our mutual journey into the world of music begins from the very basic stage; we begin with discussing student's proper sitting position at the instrument,basic introduction sessions on the general buildup of the instrument, its keyboard layout, and proceed, gradually, to the notation symbols on the music staff introduction to the student. Through the diligent preliminary talk we will discuss various aspects of interest that my students have developed in relation to playing piano, so we could plan and design our future lessons according to an initial discussion. My job and responsibility will be to make an intelligent assessment of my students' natural abilities for the given subject of study, to create vigorous learning atmosphere during our meetings, and to give my students professional instructions to the best of my humble abilities, for the benefits of their musical , aesthetic, and personal development. I will ...

About Vasiliy

Hello, I am Vasiliy M, Boston University School of Music Alumnus (DMA in Composition). We dwell in Boston since Fall 2002; before that time , we lived in New York, where I studied Composition at Mannes College, The New School For Music. I received both BM, and MM degrees from Mannes in 1999, and 2001, respectively. Before an arrival to US, in 1994, I studied Jazz Performance, Electric Bass Major, and Classical Composition, at Moldova State Conservatory, from 1988 to 1993, respectively. I was raised in the family, where music is an essential part of its daily life; my father, Grigoriy, before his retirement, was a military band trombone player, and, quite naturally, I was exposed to music, and encouraged by my parents to learn playing an instrument of my choice, from my ...

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Chris G. May 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son loves Vasily. He is great, clear, patient, precise, knowledgeable, and have great life stories. I recommend him 100 percent.
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Charles W. February 12, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very good!
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Henry Z. September 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Vasilly is a truly inspired teacher! He is not only completely master of his subject, but is a natural teacher. He is articulate, patient and imaginative and he inspires excitement in his pupil. I hope to work with Vasilly for a long time and I look forward to each lesson with enthusiasm. I am very fortunate to have found him.
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Danilo H.

Roxbury, MA

About Danilo

Danilo is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York and currently based out of Boston. He has maintained an active and successful performing career as a member of the groups Debo Band, The Superpowers, Rubblebucket, Full Tang and Watchout Kompa. Danilo has studied classical trumpet performance at the New England Conservatory of Music with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as percussion and drums with other esteemed faculty members (Rakalam Bob Moses, Jamey Haddad). In addition to his conservatory training, Danilo has studied traditional West African drumming at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana. Danilo has performed at many of the premier venues and festivals throughout North America including: Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Festival, ...

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Cynthia O. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Danilo is the Best

Danilo is enthusiastic and fun. My son likes him very much and is learning a great deal. He enjoys his lessons. I think Danilo is a great match for my son - this is why I drive for one hour to get to the lessons and up to two and a half hours to get back home. (Traffic).
Danilo is a great teacher and very talented musician!! I'm thrilled we found him!
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Bior G. March 25, 2013
Trumpet
Verified Student
Great teacher, really talented

I have worked with Danilo for a few weeks and look forward to every lesson. Not only is he very talented, he is patient, attentive, and really works with you on getting the best out of every lesson. I would reccomend him to anyone looking to start an instrument or to get back into playing an instrument.
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Jenny H. February 14, 2013
Trumpet
Verified Student
Danilo has not only taught my son trumpet, he has taught him to love music.

Danilo is a gifted teacher as well as an excellent musician. He tailors each lesson to my son's inclinations and interests while moving him along towards greater mastery of the trumpet. He encourages my son's curiosity and has conversations with my 10-year-old that touch on pretty sophisticated musical ideas. I cannot recommend Danilo more highly. He is patient, kind and always well-prepared for each lesson which builds on the work from the week before.
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Joannah B.

Boston, MA

Piano lessons include a foundation of music theory and music reading skills. We use exercises and repertoire to develop the eye-hand coordination necessary to learn and perform a piece of music with musicality and personal expression.

About Joannah

Music has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. In the evenings after listening to my mother teach piano lessons to a studio full of students, I would climb into her lap and beg her to teach me to play the piano. I eagerly soaked up everything that she taught me, enthralled by this incredible language of music. I continued studying piano with my mom all the way through high school, adding much-anticipated voice lessons in high school as well. We came from such a small town that we had to travel two hours round trip for my weekly voice lessons. As an undergraduate student at Willamette University in Oregon, I launched into further piano and voice studies earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. I began teaching seriously in the spring of ...

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Hannah S. April 6, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I stumbled into lessons with Joannah after spotting a flyer in Porter Square, shortly after I had moved to the area, and it was the best act of random chance ever! I haven't had singing lessons in well over a decade but I still thought I knew what to expect. Not so. Joannah's lessons are very different to anything I've experienced before and yet my voice sounds the best it ever has. She has an arsenal of strange and wonderful exercises that I enjoy doing as much as the actual songs, with each one designed to work on and improve a specific part of the vocal machine. It's a whole-body experience, and I have to say, I've never enjoyed arpeggios more than when sung from on top a bouncy purple yoga ball!

I take my lessons for fun and pleasure, both of which Joannah provides in spades, but also for the satisfaction of seeing a continuous improvement in something I enjoy. The beautiful (and hitherto unsuspected) tone, colour, and range of expression that Joannah has been able to pull out of me over the last few months really does impress me. Along with her warm, bright personality, Joannah is a true technician who really knows and understands her craft. I feel very lucky to have found her.
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Karen D. January 16, 2015
In studio
I was a beginner when I started working with Joannah. She met me at my level and crafted lessons that were just challenging enough to gently push me outside of my comfort zone; I progressed quickly as a result. She encouraged me to “be brave” when singing. Her encouragement coupled with her infinite patience created a safe space for me to learn.

Joannah is a gifted instructor. Time with her is well spent.
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Richard M. January 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Joannah has been a wonderful teacher for my seven year old daughter. She is enthusiastic, patient, and full of ideas to make the lessons fun and informative. My daughter's playing has come along nicely. She worked with me through a bumpy patch (as can be the case with new young students) to keep my daughter involved and enthusiastic and now she really looks forward to her lesson each week. I'm very pleased and would recommend Joannah to anyone!

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