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88 Keys to Success: Taking Piano Lessons in Brooklyn, NY

By Concetta A. - Brooklyn Piano Teacher

Most musicians agree that an important musical instrument to learn is the piano. It’s not only a beautiful solo instrument, it also can be played to accompany or support singers and instrumentalists. Additionally, playing piano can be an essential bridge to becoming a songwriter or composer. The instrument clearly, and beautifully, lays out all 88 notes used in Western music in a way that is visually easy to grasp and understand. It's like a road map to understanding music theory.

Even if you're not planning on being a professional musician, having basic piano skills are easy to acquire and a joy to have. So, if you’re thinking about taking piano lessons in Brooklyn, then you’re in the perfect place to start learning this fantastic instrument! Check out some tips below on things to see and do in NYC to supplement your piano lessons in Brooklyn, NY!

Every few years, the city of New York invites an organization called Sing for Hope to set up 88 public pianos around the five boroughs for two weeks. It’s wonderful to hear young children playing songs, occasional pedestrians breaking out in karaoke with friends, folks riffing on a few chords they learned in music class years ago, or songwriters sharing their original work on a whim. Because piano is so easy, accessible and fun to play, why not invest a small corner of your life to discovering it? For more information, check out Sing for Hope’s website here: http://www.singforhope.org/

There are also many bars and restaurants in New York that leave pianos out for customers to enjoy and play. An example that comes to mind is Milk and Roses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is known for its gypsy jazz jam sessions. The sessions are filled with Django Reinhardt style guitarists and Stephane Grappelli-esque violinists. http://milkandrosesbk.com/

Another is Lucey’s Lounge in South Slope, Brooklyn, a cocktail bar that hosts an open jazz jam session the last Sunday of every month. Additionally, The Living Room in Williamsburg features indie rock bands and singer-songwriters. In their former Lower East Side location, they hosted prolific pianists and songwriters like Norah Jones and Minnie Driver. The venue keeps a charming piano at the front of their stage for bands to use (http://www.livingroomny.com/). Finally, Rue Be in the Lower East Side hosts a fun Tuesday night jazz jam session with a piano tucked in the corner behind the bar.

The piano in these venues attracts other instrumentalists and musicians and invites a whole musical scene into the space. I often see people from the neighborhood arriving after work with their trumpet or guitar to jam with the pianist. It’s as if the person playing piano is the center of that scene, and it only takes some basic knowledge of rhythm and chords to insert yourself into that world.

Of all the life skills one might want to acquire - such as swimming, learning a foreign language or playing a sport - I would say piano should be right at the top of that list! Plus, there are so many opportunities open to you as a pianist in NYC, which can make learning the instrument all the more fun and rewarding. So, best of luck in your lessons, and have fun participating NYC’s wonderful piano scene!

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Tu Quyen H.

New York, NY

Independent Classical professional musician, very patient, passion, and enthusiastic give lesson to all age. Was trained at Conservatoire in Pairs, Hunter, Julliard. and being trained at Mannes school of Music. Help to prepare for ABRSM exam and competition.

About Tu Quyen

Born in Viet Nam, Tu Quyen, who received initial training at conservatories in Vietnam and Paris at “École Normal de Musique de Paris” before coming to New York. Here, Tu Quyen earned her B.M. Degree and M.A. Degree also in Piano Performance at Hunter College. Tu Quyen recently was chosen as the winner of the Piano Competition at Hunter College. Awarded with a performance as guest soloist with the Hunter College Orchestra. Tu Quyen studied with Dr. Julie Jordan at the evening division of Juilliard School. This year, Tu Quyen is attending at Mannes School for extension division and studyin
g with Ms. Inessa Zaretsky while preparing audition for Performance advance diploma.

*** Lesson Details ***
• Studying the art of piano playing is a fulfilling, enriching and enjoyable educational/artistic experience. It does, however, require commitment, dedication and disciplined daily practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway piano

*** Specialties ***
I specialize classical music. I use different methods depends on the child.
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Steven T. May 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tu Quyen was an absolutely amazing teacher. I've recently got back into piano after a 14-year hiatus and had to start from scratch. She understood and was able to accommodate & adjust my lessons accordingly. She is also one of the only teacher I've had that teaches me how important it is to connect with the piano and the songs as the pianist. Highly recommended!
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Linse Rose K. September 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tu Quyen was excellent. She read the information I sent her on my experience and interests, and fine-tuned my lesson exactly to my taste and level.

For example, I mentioned at the beginning of the lesson that I would like to learn music theory to aid my practicing, and she incorporated it into the lesson immediately. She even gave examples using ballet, which I had mentioned in my bio.

Tu Quyen is kind and friendly, and her lessons are pleasant and productive.
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Hang S. September 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tu Quyen loves kids and knows how to bring the best out of them. My son just turned into 6 and is a little shy. But he was confident at taking her lessons all by himself and made amazing progress in less a year. I am looking forward to his another year of happy piano lessons.
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Tu Quyen H.

Tu Quyen H.

New York, NY 10044
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Emily W.

New York, NY

I teach beginners to intermediate piano and enjoy working with children and adults of all ages. We work on exercises, songs, reading, rhythm, chords, and also composing on piano.

About Emily

Hi,

I am a Conservatory trained Vocalist offering Vocal coaching, Piano tuition, Jazz skills, and Songwriting for beginners through to advanced (all ages).

My studio in the West Village is very close to A, C, E, L, 1, 2, 3 F and M trains. I can help you achieve your musical goals, and enjoy the process!

~ Emily
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Harriet R. June 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Terrific with children (6 and 4 y-o). She was able to engage with even the shy one and she differentiated for the older one.
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H.e. Fabris W. August 20, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very very patient, fun, creative and very knowledgeable! I like her a lot! I am eager to see what I will learn next!
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Areefa M. July 19, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
I used to sing in my high school days. Working with children made me realized I need to brush up on my "skills"'. I was sounding rusty. Besides-my knowledge of the terminology,etc was fading away. Working with Emily has been wonderful. She has given me the confidence I needed. In addition, she knows her stuff. Very professional and knowledgeable. Her approach to teaching made me so comfortable. I would highly recommend Emily! She's your gal for the voice training. She also does piano lessons! Thanks Emily!!
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Emily W.

Emily W.

New York, NY 10014
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Matthew K.

New York, NY

About Matthew

I have been playing professionally for over 30 years and have taught for over 10. I am proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass, ukelele, as well as lead and harmony vocals and songwriting. My focus is on developing your musical intuition through ear training, and accessing the music within. I have a home recording studio to help with the learning process. I provide a fun, safe, non-critical environment where you can access your inner musician in the most enjoyable way possible.

Many of my students have gone onto become prolific songwriters and musicians and have recorded albums. Even begin
ners can learn quickly from my method which emphasizes techniques for keeping learning music fun.

My 10th CD was released last year on Sojourn Records and was featured as NPR song of the day. Over the years my music has received much critical acclaim as I have continued to tour the world. I have opened for legends such as David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock, Morphine, Bob Mould, Freedy Johnston, among many others. I have produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters, and composed for major motion pictures including last years film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”-- National Public Radio

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to discover or re-discover their love for music and and their own natural musical inclinations. Many students report an increased sense of joy and possibility in their own lives. Curriculum depends on level of student, but is focused on being able to play favorite songs, develop comfort and ease in playing style, and accessing creativity and originality in approach. After 3 to 6 months working with me, most students can feel comfortable calling themselves a musician!

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly guitar, keyboards, ukelele, and voice from beginning up to intermediate. I try to incorporate songwriting into the process as i find that it speeds up the process and helps to encourage enthusiasm and a more focused effort and better results. I am fluent in most styles but come from a folk, rock, country, pop background. I also have a home studio and use recording techniques to develop style and vocal ability.
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Mark May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt was great. Good knowledge and friendly guy. I've definitely improved fairly dramatically from 5 lessons. I went for a specific technique and Matt helped me accomplish my goal.
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Savananh December 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Savannah was very happy with her lessons. She learned new techniques and the proper sized instruments.
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Savananh December 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Savannah was very happy with her lessons. She learned new techniques and the proper sized instruments.
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Matthew K.

Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Arron K.

Brooklyn, NY

10 year experienced music teacher for after school students and adult beginners.

Lesson materials will be provided or student brings a method that he/she wants to learn.

Recital opportunities.

About Arron

Jeonghun Arron K. is a composer, arranger and singer.

He started his career in music by performing in many local bands and also working for game companies and movie OST in South Korea, after he got a degree in Music Composition and Education from Baekseok Arts University in Seoul in 2005. He found ‘Let Us Music Inc.’ and had worked as a studio engineer and a co-producer from 2003 to 2008.

He is a scholarship winner of Nyack College School of Music in NYC, where he studied music composition and singing. He performed as a choir member in many classical concerts; New York Philharmonic: PHIL
HARMONIC 360 at Park Avenue Armory, Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe) at Carnegie Hall and Nyack College Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

His band 'Almost an Orchestra', released an EP album in 2012. The band arranged performed music for Occupy Olympus, performed by Magis Theatre Company at Flamboyan Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival in 2013.
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Anthony Z. May 22, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent first impression. Arron connected with my son very well. Even though my son had to work hard, after the lesson he couldn't stop smiling and keep saying that he is going to practice daily to get better in singing. Hope the rest of classes are going to be as productive as my son's first class.
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Sandra D. May 1, 2016
Korean · Online
Verified Student
Kim Jeong Hun {Arron} has been a great teacher. He is professional, courteous, and patient with his students. He made it fun and gave me a lot of information about Korean history and customs. I would choose him as my teacher in the future. Thank you Arron, for all your help. "Fighting"! LOL! :-)
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Kaly S. April 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is very patient, good teacher
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Arron K.

Arron K.

New York, NY 10004
(20)
starting at
$40 / 60-min
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Brian V.

Brooklyn, NY

I love teaching piano. I have a tried and proven method of making learning the piano fast and fun. Sign up today. There's no better time to get started than now.

About Brian

I have been enthusiastically teaching music lessons since I finished my Bachelor of Music in 2004. I have students of all ages and demographics. I focus on making learning to play an instrument fun and not mundane. I teach guitar, piano, electric and upright bass. It works out great if there are multiple people in the family wanting to study different instruments. My performance experience ranges from Bach to Hendrix. And I have the ability to help you reach your musical interests and goals whether it be just for fun at home or if you dream of being a professional musician on stage, I can get
you there.
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Joshua April 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brian was very patient and good with children
It was my son's first lesson and he really enjoyed it
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Arya S. March 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He gets kids interested in learning piano and I think that is important.
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Igor March 2, 2016
Guitar · In home
Brian is an awesome and patient teacher who is always on time and has a vaast knowledge of music!
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Brian V.

Brian V.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(27)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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