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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!

About Eric J.

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As of August 2015, I now offer beginner and intermediate piano lessons:

my curriculum will be geared towards singers/instrumentalists who are looking to learn basic piano to improve their singing or main instrument and to songwriters/producers who wanna step up their craft.

all my students learn:

- ear training
- music theory
- composition/songwriting
- melody writing for popular music
- harmony
- reharmonizing (additional chord options for a song/melody)
- diatonic/pentatonic scales, key centers and their uses
- sight-reading
- musicality

About Eric
I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and over 3 million youtube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in jazz guitar, and am currently teaching around 50 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.

Currently, I play in 3 active bands gigging regularly & produce artists for their own projects. I spent much of the past 15 years touring, writing an
d recording for my bands and with internationally known artists/celebrities. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more) and in video games.

Last year, I signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away). Since 2014, I have released 5 singles and two EPs and in early 2017 another two EPs. I am currently endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, & Godin Guitars/Bass Guitars.

I teach my clients in my creative and comfortable home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I work with singers, guitarists/bassists, pianists & songwriters/producers/composers in a wide age range, assorted skill levels with a variety of musical goals.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative, Pop, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.

I'm highly experienced as an online (Skype, Facetime and G+) instructor, teaching online lessons worldwide for the past 4 years to students who reside locally, nationally and even internationally.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...

Voice:

∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ vocal placement / resonance
∙ diction
∙ vowels and proper modification techniques
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ mixed voice
∙ vibrato
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ screaming
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths

Lead and Rhythm Guitar:

Chord voicing: triads, four note open/closed chord voicing, chord melodies, comping, strumming, finger-style, standard grooves in various styles.
Step-by-step approach to soloing/improvisation: major & minor scales & modes & arpeggios, triads, blues/pentatonic scales and "licks". phrasing & line development over simple & sophisticated harmonic changes.

Techniques including:
Alternate/sweep & tremolo picking, hybrid picking, slide guitar, hammer on/pull offs, (up to 8 finger) tapping, bending and whammy techniques, diagonal scale, arpeggios & note groupings and 4 finger scales.

Bass Guitar:

Right hand:
finger style, pick &
slapping/popping
Groove, rhythms and playing time
Time signatures, walking bass lines,
arpeggios, double stops,
chords & improvising
Writing bass lines.

**All of my students learn:

Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
Music Theory & Ear Training
Rhythm / Timing (including reading rhythms)
Composition/songwriting

We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on technique. Many of my students text/email me a few days prior to our scheduled lesson with a song selection for the week. I focus our lesson's technical study with the song in mind. It has proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less "boring."

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have (7) guitars: including (4) electric, (2) acoustic/electric, & (3) electric bass
(2) tube guitar amplifiers, and various guitar effects pedals.

(1) full-size 88-key MIDI keyboard, (1) 61-key USB keyboard controller, and (1) Arturia MINILAB MIDI controller.

Also, I have an assortment of industry standard dynamic & condenser microphones for live performance and recording applications.

DAW recording software (Pro Tools 12.x, Logic 10.x, Ableton Live)
software synthesizers by Arturia, Fabfilter, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, Toontrack and more. I use plugin effects by Izotope, Fabfilter, Plugin Alliance and Universal Audio and Waves for many of my lessons and recording projects.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, videos, music recording, music workbooks and everything else a student may need... I prefer for students to print chord/fretboard & staff paper and bring to their lessons... Although I can do it if they can't... Students should just bring a list of songs they wish to learn to our lessons and a desire to learn

*** Specialties ***

Rock, Pop, Indie/Alternative, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, EDM / Dance / Electronica, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Funk, Classical and more….I am fluent in the latest recording technology, songwriting/composition, performance coaching, career development. I will help you to find your unique voice, a polished and distinct sound, and your true personality as an artist.

I will recharge your passion for music and making music.
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Sumika March 27, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · Online
I am not a singer. I just wanted to be able to enjoy singing so I decided to take singing lessons with Eric. Before the first lesson, I was super nervous and I even regretted the decision to sign up for it. After the first lesson, I was so glad that I made that decision! Eric was very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging…just like other reviewers said. I had fun and I am looking forward to the next lesson!
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Rowan March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
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Michael M. March 18, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · Online
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Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About Roberta M.

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I teach beginning piano at my home studio where I have an upright piano.

About Roberta
Flutist, Roberta M., is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled her “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Roberta is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over fifty pieces.

Roberta holds a
Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Roberta resides in Brooklyn, New York where she teaches privately and is on faculty at Great Neck Music Conservatory.

Roberta has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, she has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.

Roberta has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Roberta recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my studio, I believe that my role is to steer students toward a deeper understanding of themselves, their instrument, and their relationship to music. I tailor my teaching to the needs of my individual students, who currently range from age 4 to adult, often adding improvisation and extended techniques to increase my students’ awareness of the potential of the flute as a channel for one’s creativity.

With over a decade of teaching and a doctorate in flute performance, I have extensive experience teaching flute lessons and recorder lessons to students from beginners to advanced. I teach at my studio in Brooklyn or can come to your home in New York City. I have previously taught in Colorado, Westchester, NY, and throughout New York City. I've been on faculty at The Harmony Program and the Denver Public School’s Saturday Music Program, where I taught beginning flute classes to public school children. I have given masterclasses at the University of Southern Maine and the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School, and have taught music classes at Purchase College and Hostos Community College.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio with music stands, flutes, recorders, an upright piano, and place for parents to wait. Street parking is available, and I'm less than a block from the subway.

Students are expected to bring their instrument, music, and a notebook.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my flute. Students need to have a music stand, music, a notebook, and a working instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I am well-versed in all areas of classical music, especially new music. My primary instrument is flute, but I also enjoy teaching beginner piano, recorder, and music theory.
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Bill Pernell March 12, 2017
Verified Student · Flute · Online
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Debora R. March 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
She's great! Very patient and clear on giving instruction.
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Sunny K. February 28, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In studio
I've taken three lessons with Roberta so far, and it's been awesome! I've played flute in middle and high school, but after taking a break through college I thought it'd be good to pick it back up as a hobby in the city. She's been really great with helping me improve my tone and has a lot of knowledge. I'm excited to build my repertoire with her!
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Roberta M.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Frances B.

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I love teaching beginner piano. My students all have a lot of fun learning and playing their first song after the first lesson. Piano is a fantastic instruments to play at any age and serves as a strong basis for any other musical study including other instruments.

About Frances
Originally from Massachusetts, I have been teaching children and adults flute for over 20 years. I teach from the very beginner student to the very advanced and I have additional training in the Suzuki Method which is especially helpful for beginning young children. I am primarily a classical flute teacher with extensive experience playing in various classical music settings.

My approach is friendly and patient. As I get to know my students, I can better guide them to accomplish the goal of learning flute but, in the process, I never lose sight o the person whom I am teaching. It has to be
a pleasant experience as well as challenging. I have learned throughout the years when to relax my expectations of perfection and when to intensify them. I am looking for a good attitude in my students. My students come to me trying their best during the lesson time and also making time in their schedules to practice. Every student is different and has different goals. I consider the differences while I am teaching them. My younger students don't usually know how serious they are about the instrument. For them especially, it has to be fun and interesting. I make every effort to combine my students in small chamber music groups for recitals. Nearly all of my students participate in regular studio recitals with a pianist provided to accompany them.

My private teachers include: Mindy Kaufman of the NYPhil, Stephanie Mortimore of the MET Orchestra, Linda Chesis of the Manhattan School of Music, Bernard Goldberg of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Philip Kaplan and Paul Fried of the Boston Symphony
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Crystal February 14, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Our son attended a neighborhood concert and was struck with the idea that he’d like to learn to play the flute. We knew absolutely nothing about flutes at that time, but we consider ourselves so, so fortunate that Frannie came to us by recommendation.

Frannie is fun and has a great sense of humor. She is endlessly patient and relaxed, but also firm when she needs to be. She always keeps the music interesting for him – for example, after a period of working hard on the pieces in the Suzuki Method repertoire, she encourages him to mix it up and play some things just for fun, like the popular themes to Star Wars and Harry Potter.

Our son, now 9, has been studying with Frannie for almost a year now, and I cannot believe how much he has grown and improved in such a short amount of time. Frannie inspires him to play his very best; he works hard to emulate her gorgeous tone. He absolutely loves his weekly lessons, he looks forward to her student recitals, and he is motivated to practice every day.

It is a beautiful thing to watch your child fall in love with making music, and we credit this to Frannie. She has our highest recommendation.
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Eamon G March 28, 2016
· Flute · In studio
I took lessons with Frannie for more than ten years, starting at age 4 in an introduction to music class at the Brooklyn Music School. Through her I found not just a great love for music but a lens through which I discovered and learned about the world. With Frannie, once a week for nearly my entire childhood, I would learn to practice and work at a piece or phrase, or to interpret and have and opinion on music I played, or to play like I mean every note, and so on endlessly. Those skills were some of the earliest and most important lessons I had about how to live and enjoy my life, and art, and how to work hard, and care about what I do for my own sake and no one else's. And I don't believe just any teacher could have done that for me. Since moving on I have often felt a different excitement and deep understanding of music than many of the peers I met who have spent far more time than me studying music.

I'm still a musician. I graduated recently from Bard College with a degree in music and have since played onstage in a very successful off-broadway musical. I've played in many orchestras including with graduate & conservatory students at Bard, with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at LaGuardia High School (formerly Music & Art). I have moved on to other instruments, and forms of music, but I credit Frances not just for showing me how much I love music but for teaching me in many ways how to enjoy and get what I want from life. I can't recommend her enough.
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Ben February 1, 2016
· Flute · In studio
My daughter Coco studied with Frances for a number of years. Without question Francis was the best music teacher Coco ever had, and she's had quite a few.
Francis is generous, creative, and inspiring to work with, she has the perfect balance of qualities that a music student needs. She's highly motivating and makes demands of her students which stretch them to achieve their full potential, yet she never pushes past their limits; Coco never felt stressed by her practice but always wanted to fulfill the expectation of excellence which Francis instilled in her. Francis always led by example and was kind, supportive, and a lot of fun to work with. She's also disciplined, reliable, and punctual. I give her the highest recommendation.
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Frances B.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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About Matthew K.

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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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Bill S. March 15, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Excellent instructor. He explained music theory in a way I could understand.

He gave me exercises I could practice at home.
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Kathleen S. February 23, 2017
Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
very knowledgable, yet relaxed-,he gave me the right amount to practice so I did not feel over whelmed
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Verified Student · Ukulele · In home
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Matthew K.

New York, NY 10014
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About Brian V.

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Being able to play the piano is a gift. It is a gift that people give themselves mostly. The fact that you are reading this means you are considering giving yourself that gift. I commend you. Being a musician adds so much value to my life and I know it will your as well. Be sure to ask about our promotions and sign up today. 100% money back guarantee.

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.

I teach guitar, piano, electric and upright bass. My performance experience ranges from Bach to Hendrix. And I have the ability to help you reach your musical interests and goals whether 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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Sam February 24, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Brian is a great guy and a very knowledgable musician. He was very patient with my 12 yr old daughter during the piano lessons and she enjoyed spending her time with her. He's encouraging and supportive.
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Carolina M. November 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Brian has been teaching my 9 year old son to play the piano for nearly 1 year. He is enthusiastic, patient and knowledgeable. Brian methods to teach children are outstanding. He is able to hold my son's attention for the entire length of the class and tailor his lecture to my son learning needs. My son absolutely loves his lessons and looks forward to it every week!
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Greg July 2, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great teacher! Helped me extensively with my playing
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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